Stadium rising: $110 million project pushing for September opening

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  • ajarizona
    Jan. 23, 2008 4:06 p.m.

    Great to finally see some models of the new stadium.
    Please post more of them on the RSL website.

    We love the color of the seats and the Real Salt Lake spelled out in white on the East stands. Just as they do in the English stadiums, the Motherland of soccer(football).

    Memo to the RSL Suits;

    The GIANT YELLOW (R) in the north end zone, is a "MONUMENTAL AESTHETIC MISTAKE".

    Graphics 101.
    "Never place a dark color on a dark background".

    The RSL in the North end zone, should highlight all three letters and not ignore the S and L, which after all, represent "Salt Lake".

    I'm really surprised this got by Checketts, he is the master of promotion.

    The RSL logo is ok, but it is "unreadable" with the current color scheme. The R sticks out like a sore thumb and the S and L are washed out completely.

    There is a great look to the RSL logo in All Gold, where all letters are distinct and readable.

    Are we promoting R or Real with the logo or should the emphasis be "equally on The S and L", after all this is Salt Lake's team.

    ajarizona

  • chad
    Jan. 22, 2008 4:21 p.m.

    it is SO refreshing to see a local media outlet say something unbiased about rsl. i cancelled my trib subscription a year ago after their anti-rsl sports page became too much. congrats to the d-news for getting back to the heart of journalism (reporting news instead of making it up)

  • Dear Alternate
    Jan. 19, 2008 2:06 p.m.


    There were 10 original teams in MLS in 1996, of that 9 are still in existence, and only one has changed
    cities (San Jose). So that leaves 8 still in the original city. There have been 5 teams added since then (two more will start in 09 with one being Seattle), one being San Jose, so one original city got its team back. 2 teams in total have been contracted (both in Florida). There are 7 teams playing in soccer specific stadiums, none have ever moved or folded.

    So the trend is that the teams do fine, there is very little risk of the team not being around. As it is, St Louis has approved funding for a stadium and expansion team if a second deeper pocketed ownership group is found, KC is in the final stages of getting authorization for a stadium, Philly is a vote in the state senate from getting a team and stadium, and NY Red Bulls are building a stadium in NJ. The league is healthy and the newspapers have tried to make a big story of very little.

  • Runnerboy3118
    Jan. 19, 2008 5:45 a.m.

    I can't wait for the stadium, even though it will add 20-30 min on my drive to and from the games. For those of you who think this is a "minor league team" like our baseball and hockey teams and won't bring people out, here are some numbers:

    smallest number of people at an MLS RSL game was at Colorado Rapids in 2005 6,736, when they played in Invesco Field, with a Capacity of 76,125, looks like they were 70,000 short. The samllest number of people at a home game for MLS RSL game was in 2005 against Chivas USA with 10,107 people in Rice-Eccles Stadium with a Capacity 45,017, we were only 35,000 short. The good thing is that the most people that also in 2005 we had 40,589 people in Rice-Eccles we RSL played FC Dallas in an MLS match.

    Last 3 years have been sad but this year, with our new stadium we will win games, go to the playoffs and at the end of the year all you who don't like RSL will start to like them. Go RSL!!!

    I also think R.E.S. has cursed us.

  • realslfan
    Jan. 19, 2008 1:03 a.m.

    Actually the team averaged 14-15,000 in attendance last season when they were horrible, and they have done this for 3 straight seasons.

    And the MLS was started in 1994, and only had 1 of the 10 charter teams fold. It also had an expansion team fold, and another team relocate. If you look at the early years in other sports leagues I think you'll find that this is actually a very good track record.

  • It looks great!
    Jan. 18, 2008 8:15 p.m.

    I promise to never attend a soccer game. This state will show up pretty good the first year. The second year will be ok but by the third year, nobody will care. I already don't care. Look at minor league sports in this state. Our baseball team barely draws anyone except on holidays. Our hocket deam barely draws 1,500 fans. Who wants to see minor league soccer? Not me.

  • alternate
    Jan. 18, 2008 3:03 p.m.

    The facility sounds great. I am still concerned about the team surviving. The league has a very poor track records in terms of team longivity. I think the next DNews story should be about the various teams both current and those that have folded over the years. What is the actual team longivity for staying in one city? Are there any original charter teams still left? Is there a trend?

  • Steve
    Jan. 18, 2008 1:44 p.m.

    This sounds like it's going to be a very cool stadium and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I'll definately be wanting to go to see some games there and some concerts.

    It will be a great place for high schools to hold their graduations, so Salt Lake Valley schools who are currently doing theirs down in the Provo area don't have to venture that far south.

    Also, it's amazing to see the majority of replies thus far here to this article above mine are possitive rather than full of the usual negative ones from those who hate soccer, the team and this stadium deal.

  • lifer
    Jan. 18, 2008 1:43 p.m.

    It's just a coincidence that all those "It's about time the D-News said something nice about this wonderful project" posts all showed up w/in about a half hour?

    It is a coincidence . . . right?

    Right?

  • Why Ruin A Good Thing
    Jan. 18, 2008 1:16 p.m.

    There are more than enough "football" fields throughout the valley/state including University stadiums. Keep quality soccer fields primarily soccer. Maybe draw some International Rugby matches or events.

  • re: Curmudgeon
    Jan. 18, 2008 12:57 p.m.

    I agree. But let's not stop at the Football playoffs. They should have football games there every Friday night. In Pocatello they play about three football games every Friday night at the Holt Arena. It's great during football season.

  • yo
    Jan. 18, 2008 11:59 a.m.

    yawn.... what a boring stadium in sandy.

  • Reader
    Jan. 18, 2008 11:40 a.m.

    Kudos, if the construction of a soccer stadium is a "very exciting development in our state," then the bar has been set pretty low for what is considered exciting in our state.

  • Soccer Fan in Brazil
    Jan. 18, 2008 11:24 a.m.

    I'm really excited for this stadium in Sandy. I've lived in Sandy my whole life and always liked soccer. Even more after I spent time in Brazil. It will nice to have a venue like this in the middle of the Salt Lake Valley

  • BH
    Jan. 18, 2008 11:22 a.m.

    It is great to see SLC getting set up for pro soccer.

    Soccer will be the sport of choice in our children's lifetime. More kids these days have played soccer than any other team sport. When they grow up it will not be football, basketball, or baseball, but it will be soccer that our children want to play and watch. And hopefully, with RSL, Utah will be ready.

  • Curmudgeon
    Jan. 18, 2008 11:03 a.m.

    Y-A-W-N. . . .Maybe we can use this edifice for state playoffs for High School Football. . .

  • RSL
    Jan. 18, 2008 10:20 a.m.


    Soccer, who cares...

  • Mark in AZ
    Jan. 18, 2008 10:01 a.m.

    Society used to put its greatest efforts and money into building cathedrals and impressive civic buildings. Even the sports arenas were named things like "Veterans Memorial Stadium." Now, we put our greatest efforts into sports venues that aren't needed. Here in AZ, we've added the Cardinals stadium (they still have yet to have a winning season) and the Coyotes arena, when we have a nearly new arena where the Suns play. All at taxpayer expense.

    Entertainment and avoiding real issues reign as the kings of our collective lives!!!

  • JML
    Jan. 18, 2008 9:49 a.m.

    I can't wait for RSL to get the stadium open! Not because I like soccer. It's the most boring sport I could imagine. But it will be nice to finally get those ugly soccer lines off the turf at Rice Eccles staduim!

  • scads
    Jan. 18, 2008 9:40 a.m.

    The photoslide on the side was pretty cool too. Those seats look nice...it should be an amazing place to play soccer.

    Now let's get the team up to the same level of quality. First DRAFT JAMES! Then hopefully Cordoba, Joy, Olave, and the other imports work out.

    GO RSL!

  • Alex
    Jan. 18, 2008 9:41 a.m.

    All I can hope for is that this thing makes back the money that was spent on it.

  • Photos
    Jan. 18, 2008 9:22 a.m.

    If you want to see photos of the stadium, or a live webcam, you can go to rslstadium.com
    check it out. They are usually pretty good about adding new photos weekly.

  • news hound
    Jan. 18, 2008 9:08 a.m.

    How stunning, indeed refreshing, to read an article based on news and fact and not personal attacks on the prinicpals of RSL. It seems to me that this organization is moving forward quite successfully, despite the past. Kudos to them - good luck - and thanks d news for giving us a new perspective.

    Will county leaders indeed be sad if this works to everyone's benefit?

  • seahawkdad
    Jan. 18, 2008 9:03 a.m.

    Amazing and refreshing to see in print the explanation of how the $10M bond would be funded. Perhaps the reality of the stadium has tempered the prior semi-factual media coverage that accompanied the fight in getting it approved initially.

  • Refreshing Article
    Jan. 18, 2008 8:48 a.m.

    Negativity hasn't worked in stopping the stadium, no sense continuing. The stadium will be built may as well make the most of it!

    The biggest challenge now - put together a winning team worthy of such a stadium and the loyal fan support.

  • Am I reading the Des News?
    Jan. 18, 2008 8:29 a.m.

    Wow, the des news actually ran an article that was completely objective about the RSL Soccer Stadium. This is a FIRST! I for one am very excited for the new stadium and can't wait for it's completion. I love going to the games, but Rice-Eccles is not a good soccer venue i.e. when the players run along the west sideline I can't see them. The game will be much more enjoyable in a soccer specific stadium. Go Real!

  • Nu Skin Fan
    Jan. 18, 2008 8:25 a.m.

    I'd sure love to see Nu Skin buy the naming rights for the stadium. The Nu Skin Center would be a great name!! Come on Nu Skin. Get 100 times more name recognition than on the back of the Jazz Dancers.

  • Soccerman
    Jan. 18, 2008 8:24 a.m.

    Yes, a great article, well done DesNews! Facts, figures and quotes about something that is a contribution to the community.

  • A. John
    Jan. 18, 2008 8:23 a.m.

    Would it kill you people to put up picture of the stadium.

  • MJ
    Jan. 18, 2008 8:13 a.m.

    Wow!!This sounds like it is going to be a really nice place.

  • KUDOS!
    Jan. 18, 2008 8:12 a.m.

    Kudos to writer Rebecca Palmer for writing an article that is positive! A new stadium, even with the tumultuous birth, is a very exciting development in our state. I am looking forward to the opening game. Go RSL.
    It is only a matter of time before the soccer haters begin posting comments. Bring it on losers!

  • I agree..
    Jan. 18, 2008 8:00 a.m.

    with Birdman.. high on the priority list is making the team not just competitive, but of championship caliber. GO RSL!

  • Good article
    Jan. 18, 2008 7:45 a.m.

    One of the first articles on RSL that just report the news, with no negativity. Excellent article, very informative.

  • Birdman
    Jan. 18, 2008 5:57 a.m.

    Now if the RSL organization will work as hard as they are on this stadium, into putting a competitive team on the pitch, this will be some great entertainment for Utah residents for years to come.