Potential Cal Expo Multi-use Facility for Sacramento Republic FC

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A media report broadcasted this evening that Cal Expo and Ovations Food Service are currently negotiating the building of a multi-use facility that would feature a full grass pitch on the grounds of the California State Fair. Ovations Food Service, the concessions service provider at Cal Expo, proposed to build, and pay, for such a facility in partnership with Cal Expo.  The facility would not only bring additional revenue to Cal Expo and improve the grounds, but also provide a venue for family-friendly entertainment for the entire Sacramento region.

If this 8,000 seat facility is built, it would include a full grass pitch and serve as the home site for Sacramento Republic FC as soon as its inaugural season in 2014. This is an opportunity that we just can’t pass up and are diligently working through every detail to ensure that the deal happens.

As you all know, The Sacramento Republic FC is on a mission to ultimately secure a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise for the Sacramento region.  In my conversations with the league, it was conveyed that playing on a full grass pitch would enhance the game experience and our ability to garner a MLS franchise. While Los Rios Community College District and Sacramento City College have been unbelievably great to work with by providing us Hughes Stadium as a home field, the field is not an ideal fit for soccer due to its permanent American football lines, artificial turf and narrow width.

A full grass pitch, or field, would not only enhance the professional game experience for players and spectators, but elevate our position towards a MLS franchise.  In addition, this facility will be another resource that can be used by the region for soccer tournaments, sports such as rugby, lacrosse and even high school football games.

The Cal Expo Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, November 14 at 9.00 a.m. to discuss and review Ovations’ proposal for this multi-use facility, which would include Sacramento Republic FC as a licensee. We will update our season ticket holders and supporters of the meeting’s results and will also include an artist’s rendering of the multi-use facility for your review.

What does this mean for fans and season ticket holders?

While these developments progress, priority seating for season ticket holders will continue throughout the month. Sacramento Republic FC account representatives will be contacting anyone who has placed a deposit for their seating preferences via email and phone. Ticket holders will be contacted in order of priority based on when they placed their deposit. If you have not placed a deposit for tickets, seating is still available and $25 refundable deposits may be placed to secure your season tickets online at SacRepublicFC.com.

Thank you all for your support of the Sacramento Republic FC and for your patience as we work through this process. Updates will also be provided via Facebook and Twitter.

Need tickets? Place your $25 refundable deposit today.

Questions? Email the Republic at goal@sacrepublicfc.com or call (916) 307-6100.