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New 5K-Seat Soccer Stadium, SRPMIC

Courtesy of Phoenix Rising Football Club

By Jessica Boehm for The Arizona Republic

The Arizona United soccer franchise owners revealed on Monday a new team name, a new logo and plans for a 5,000-seat privately financed stadium on the Salt River Reservation for the 2017 season.

The United Soccer League team has been rebranded as Phoenix Rising FC, team governor and co-owner Berke Bakay said at a news conference on Monday at Talking Stick Resort.

“One of the most important ingredients for the success of the future of professional soccer in Arizona is really creating an experience that is exceptional for the fans,” Bakay said.

The 15.8-acre soccer-specific training and stadium will be built in collaboration with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Solanna Group at McClintock Drive and Loop 202, bordering the cities of Tempe and Scottsdale. The Solanna Group is the firm developing the property under a commercial master lease. The project is expected to be ready when the season begins in March, Bakay said.

Bakay said that because the project was privately funded, it would speed the construction process compared with projects that have been funded by taxes.

Read more at The Arizona Republic.

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