USL club Phoenix Rising FC has revealed plans to move its stadium and training facilities to the Gila River Indian Community’s Wild Horse Pass.
The new training facility and stadium will be completed before the start of the 2021 USL Championship season, which is expected to begin on or around May 1.
USL is delaying the start of the 2021 season to give clubs the best chance to play a full season schedule in front of fans.
The team said the move allows them to increase the number of fans that can attend matches by 35%, upgrade their VIP suites, add additional training fields, improve the speed to enter and exit the stadium, and allow for future expansion.
Other planned upgrades include an enhanced video board, a larger press box, and a new seating section for families. Future expansion plans include a permanent ticket office, locker rooms, and administrative offices.
Phoenix Rising FC Governor Berke Bakay said:
Since the launch of Phoenix Rising FC in 2016, fan support has been consistently increasing. Prior to Covid-19, 23 consecutive matches at Casino Arizona Field were sold out due to our amazing supporters.
The Gila River Indian Community and Wild Horse Pass Development Authority have been hard at work preparing the new stadium and training site for Phoenix Rising FC. Located just south of Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass near the junction of the I-10 and 202 south freeways, the new stadium complex will feature multiple paved roads for quick entry and exit, a paved VIP parking lot and permanent bathrooms for fans.
Prior to selecting Wild Horse Pass for its stadium and training facility expansion, Phoenix Rising spent the past four years discussing possible stadium locations with many local governments including Maricopa County, Mesa, Phoenix, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Scottsdale and Tempe.