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Sacramento City Council Approves MLS Stadium Plan by Unanimous Vote

By sradmin, 12/01/15, 7:15PM PST


Authorization of Preliminary Term Sheet marks successful completion of Operation Turnkey one month early.

SACRAMENTO, CA (December 1, 2015) – Tonight, the Sacramento City Council voted 8-0 to approve a preliminary term sheet for a $226 million public-private partnership to build and finance a new MLS stadium at The Railyards in downtown Sacramento.

“Once again, Sacramento has delivered,” said Kevin Nagle, Managing Partner of SSEH. “Operation Turnkey is officially complete and we have this entire community to thank. Our fans are ready. Our stadium plan is ready. Our ownership is ready. I could not be more proud of a community that is proving time and again that Sacramento is built for MLS.”

The vote marks the culmination of Operation Turnkey, an initiative launched in spring 2015 to enhance Sacramento’s bid to secure MLS rights and put Sacramento in position to begin construction of a soccer specific stadium immediately once an MLS franchise is secured. The plan called for the completion of five key activities by December 31, 2015 that would position Sacramento to be “turnkey ready” to build a new MLS stadium, should MLS decide to award an expansion franchise to Sacramento.

The preliminary term sheet sets forth a detailed framework on key items of the stadium plan, including: location, financing, ownership, design, development, construction, operation, use and occupancy, and maintenance and repairs.

Highlights of the term sheet included:

  • SSEH will own and operate the approximately 450,000 square foot stadium at the northeast corner of The Railyards site
  • The stadium will have a capacity of 25,000 seats, including 3,100 premium seats, and a dedicated “supporter section”
  • Programming will include home MLS matches, friendlies, concerts, festivals and other sporting, family and civic events
  • SSEH will arrange for a minimum of 6,500 parking spaces
  • The stadium will have close proximity to light rail and the Sacramento Valley Station
  • SSEH will fully finance the estimated $180 million in stadium project costs
  • The City and other public agencies are committing the estimated $46 million in backbone infrastructure already completed (e.g. roads, sidewalks utilities, etc) on the site, which has been long envisioned as a perfect site for a catalyst project such as a soccer stadium
  • There is no new public funding being committed
  • SSEH will assume full responsibility for site assembly, predevelopment costs, cost overruns, municipal services and capital repairs
  • SSEH will request to host an MLS All-Star Game within three years of the stadium opening

According to the City analysis, the project will generate as much as $341 million in economic output during construction and as many as 2,628 jobs. The analysis forecasts additional economic impact spurred in the surrounding area.

To drive the stadium development process, SSEH hired Legends as project manager and HNTB as lead architect. Preliminary renderings of the MLS Stadium were released earlier today and available for viewing at At the current pace of development, the new MLS stadium could open as early as March 2018.

While the term sheet is preliminary and non-binding, it serves as a good faith agreement and guideline for the preparation of definitive agreements between the City and SSEH for the development of the stadium, subject to all environmental considerations. The Preliminary Term Sheet will only become effective if MLS awards an expansion team and SSEH consummates the acquisition of the team.

To learn more on Sacramento’s efforts to secure MLS rights, visit