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
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)
There were 10 original teams in MLS in 1996, of that 9 are still in
existence, and only one has changedcities (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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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
yawn.... what a boring stadium in sandy.
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.
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
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.
Y-A-W-N. . . .Maybe we can use this edifice for state playoffs for High School
Football. . .
Soccer, who cares...
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
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!
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!
All I can hope for is that this thing makes back the money that was spent on it.
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
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?
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
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.
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!
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.
Yes, a great article, well done DesNews! Facts, figures and quotes about
something that is a contribution to the community.
Would it kill you people to put up picture of the stadium.
Wow!!This sounds like it is going to be a really nice place.
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
with Birdman.. high on the priority list is making the team not just
competitive, but of championship caliber. GO RSL!
One of the first articles on RSL that just report the news, with no negativity.
Excellent article, very informative.
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.