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New soccer stadium plans rise in Phoenix

Arizona’s only professional soccer franchise, the newly-renamed Phoenix Rising Football Club, has announced plans for a new soccer stadium.

The club unveiled plans, in collaboration with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Solanna Group, to develop a 15.8-acre soccer-specific training ground and stadium on the borders of the cities of Tempe and Scottsdale.

The club, formerly known as Arizona United Soccer Club, plans to kick off the 2017 season at the new Phoenix Rising FC soccer complex.

The 5,000-seat uncovered “pop-up” stadium would be built for soccer only on tribal land and could be the forerunner to a Major League Soccer stadium.

Phoenix Rising FC Governor Berke Bakay said:

We are thrilled to announce this new era for professional soccer in Arizona. These planned investments should serve as proof that we are serious about creating a successful soccer franchise in our state. We seek to prove that the Valley of the Sun can deliver a successful United Soccer League team and eventually compete at the highest levels of soccer.

David Fordon, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Solanna Group LLC added:

We’re quite impressed by Phoenix Rising FC’s grasp of the goal we are trying to achieve at Akimel 7 for a quality sports and entertainment environment. 

We also appreciate the Club’s commitment to bring a state-of-the-art, FIFA stadium designed for Arizona’s climate to Salt River as a significant contribution to the economic growth of the community.  We’re happy for the Valley and thrilled by the zeal and excitement that professional soccer will bring to all the passionate fans for the sport that are eager for top fight competition and international exhibitions.  We very much welcome the addition of Phoenix Rising FC to our Community.

Phoenix Rising FC also announced its commitment to building a championship contending soccer team having already signed talented players for the 2017 season from Canada, England, Jamaica, South Africa and the United States.

Image courtesy of Phoenix Rising FC