“I’m thrilled to unveil a stadium design worthy of our fans and community,” said Kevin Nagle, SSEH Managing Partner. “When we first hired HNTB, we challenged them to design the best home pitch advantage in MLS in a way that would celebrate both Sacramento and the world’s game. Without a doubt, HNTB has delivered.”
“Congratulations to Sacramento Republic FC on the release of new stadium preliminary renderings that offer an exciting glimpse into the future of downtown Sacramento,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson. “Today’s news also marks the successful completion of Operation Turnkey, one month ahead of schedule. Time and again, Sacramento has proven that we are a community, a Republic, that delivers and let there be no doubt that Sacramento is ready for Major League Soccer.”
The preliminary renderings come after several months of concept design research and development. In formulating ideas for the stadium, the design team drew input from workshops, focus groups with Sacramento Republic FC fans and corporate partners, and an online survey completed by nearly 3,500 members of the public. In addition, SSEH, Legends and HNTB executives toured top MLS stadiums across the country and studied internationally acclaimed soccer stadiums in Europe and South America.
“Sacramento will set the tone for the next generation of MLS stadiums,” said Scott Capstack, HNTB’s Director of Design. “The design harnesses the passion of Sacramento Republic FC fans and draws inspiration from top European and South American soccer stadiums in ways that few, if any, MLS stadiums have ever done before.”
During the design process, SSEH sought to achieve three goals:
Today’s release represents another milestone in ‘Operation Turnkey,’ an initiative launched in April 2015 by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, SSEH Managing Partner Kevin Nagle and Sacramento Republic FC President Warren Smith to strengthen Sacramento’s bid for an MLS expansion team. Plans for a new stadium are on track, pending an MLS expansion award to Sacramento, with the facility ready to open as soon as the 2018 MLS season.
The fifth and final component of Operation Turnkey – a Preliminary Term Sheet outlining a public-private partnership for the stadium with the City of Sacramento – will receive consideration by the Sacramento City Council at City Hall tonight at 6:00 p.m. This final component will close out Operation Turnkey. The meeting is open to the public and may be viewed online at CityofSacramento.org.
For more information about the stadium and Operation Turnkey, including images of the preliminary stadium renderings, please visit BuiltforSacramento.com.