Sacramento Republic Railyards Stadium plans


Sacramento Republic new stadium Image: Manica

On April 1st, the American professional soccer team Sacramento Republic FC Owner and Chairman Kevin Nagle announced a new vision for a Railyards Stadium to create a community asset that will help Sacramento accelerate its recovery from the pandemic and provide a new downtown home for sports and entertainment. As part of the announcement made on April 1st, the club released a preliminary rendering of the new stadium concept.

The ‘Sacramento Republic FC’ quoted Nagle as stating, “We want to build a world-class soccer stadium in The Railyards, and to begin the next decade of Republic FC. We’re ready with a new vision that allows us to take our destiny into our own hands, and to create a community asset that will grow with the team and the City.”

The Sacramento Republic FC is an American professional soccer team based in Sacramento, California, that plays in the Western Conference of the USL Championship.

The Heart Health Park is a sports venue located on the grounds of Cal Expo in Sacramento, California (US). The soccer-specific stadium has a capacity of 11,569 and includes a full-sized soccer field. It serves as the residence of Sacramento Republic FC.

The ‘Sacramento Republic FC’ further stated that during 2021, as the club continued to pursue investors for an MLS expansion club, Kevin Nagle recognized the region’s need to help jumpstart a recovery from the effects of the pandemic with a new community asset – and began exploring ways to build upon the agreements made for an MLS expansion club and bring a soccer-specific stadium to life in Downtown Sacramento.

The new vision for a world-class facility will:

  • Build a 12,000-15,000 seat Downtown facility that will serve as a community asset, meeting the needs of the City, league and community on an accelerated timeline;
  • Expand the City’s sports and entertainment calendar with potential events like:
    • Marquee soccer matches with international competitions and global clubs;
    • A diverse array of sporting events – rugby, lacrosse, college sports, and more;
    • Outdoor concerts, festivals and shows.
  • Be able to transform with the City, team and league and expand up to 20,000 + seats due to a future proof plan; and
  • Once again spark an era of growth by creating more opportunities to showcase Sacramento and bring people Downtown.

The club has engaged industry leaders MANICA Architecture and Machete Group, who have designed and managed showcase projects -including the 65,000-capacity Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, the 18,064-capacity Chase Center in San Francisco, California, and the 26,000-capacity TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio – to craft an initial concept that can meet the goals of the club and the City.

Said Mayor of Sacramento Darrell Steinberg, “I’m grateful to Kevin Nagle for his partnership and his commitment to Sacramento. As a City, we are open to pursuing dual tracks. We continue to identify and work with potential Major League Soccer investors, and at the same time we’re ready to work together on an adaptable stadium in the Railyards. It’s not one or the other.”

The Railyards Stadium will anchor an investment nearing $1 billion that will accelerate development throughout The Railyards -invigorating the 242-acre district which has sat dormant for over 50 years. Beyond the stadium, the team will lead mixed-use, housing and retail development projects – all of which will help double the size of Downtown and create a hub of activity for the region.

Said the United Soccer League (USL) President Jake Edwards, “Sacramento is an incredible market for soccer, and we’re excited to see how Republic FC can continue to impact the community with a world-class stadium. The USL is in an exciting phase of strategic growth, and visionary development projects like the one Republic FC and the City of Sacramento are undertaking will elevate the game for fans and players in the United States for years to come.”

The United Soccer League (USL) is the largest professional soccer organization in North America, possessing nearly a decade of experience in bringing the world’s game to communities across the United States and Canada.

With a new facility, Republic FC can continue to be a vanguard club in the USL as the organization accelerates its growth in the lead-up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ being hosted in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The USL is the fastest-growing soccer league property in the world. The USL Championship will expand to 36 clubs by 2026. Eleven USL venues have been constructed since 2013, with plans to develop more than 30 more in the next four years.

The USL is also playing a leading role in the growth of women’s soccer in the United States by launching the USL W League, an elite pre-professional league with 44 clubs this year, and launching the USL Super League, a new fully professional league, in 2023.

As the club’s plan to build Railyards Stadium progress, the team will unveil new elements of the venue, host fans and community members for town halls to help create an unmatched fan experience, and share more on how it will develop the district around the facility.

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