Sacramento Republic FC: Everything in place for MLS expansion

SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 18: Jack Colback
SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 18: Jack Colback /

Sacramento Republic FC recently got a unanimous City Council vote for their $252.2 million stadium. They now have everything in place for MLS expansion.

Sacramento Republic FC, an expected Major League Soccer expansion team, recently got a unanimous City Council vote for their $252.2 million stadium. The private funding package totals $1 billion for the 17-acre site, which will be principally built around a 20,000-seat soccer palace in Sacramento’s downtown Railyards District.

Following that recent unanimous vote of support, Mayor Daniel Steinberg and Sacramento Republic FC principal owner Ron Burkle gather with team supporters. They all called on MLS to pull the switch and make theirs the next MLS expansion city.

Steinberg marveled at the expected benefits Sacramento Republic FC’s growth — all without city government writing a check. The team will sponsor clinics and workshops for youth. Sacramento also is on the list of potential FIFA World Cup base camps for one of the 48 teams in the 2026 tournament.

The base camps host a team, plus all their traveling supporters, during days before and after their matches. It’s a boon for tourism and an added dimension of rich World Cup experience for all the citizenry. With all this in place, leaders and supporters anxiously await the April meeting of MLS Board of Governors in Los Angeles.

The city vote executed a term sheet that Sacramento Republic FC needed to show MLS their commitment to the league and a soccer-specific pitch.

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The term sheet includes:

  • Infrastructure financing to help owners complete streets, traffic signals and utilities
  • City support for traffic control, fire protection, and other services over 10 years during soccer events
  • Republic FC investors will seek to build a training facility within the City of Sacramento
  • Team management pledges to a local-hiring initiative for the stadium. They also agree to a 35-year non-relocation clause.
  • The city will work on planning approval for digital billboards for the team.

When the MLS expansion battlefront appeared to get quiet in late 2018 for Sacramento Republic FC, the organization was actually gathering momentum. They continued shoring up plans with the City of Sacramento and grew with new offices, new hires, and new investments. And with this latest development, Sacramento Republic FC and the team’s hometown have officially completed all of the requirements for a leading MLS expansion bid.

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After this April meeting, will there still be a bit of drama, suspense, the MLS Board of Governors needing a little more time and an extra look? Of course! But Will Sacramento Republic FC become the next MLS expansion team? Now, we can say ‘yes’.