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  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    Construction began Tuesday on an 8,000-seat soccer stadium at Cal Expo that will house Sacramento Republic FC, the city’s new professional soccer franchise. The stadium will stand adjacent to the Raging Waters park on the state fairgrounds. In this view looking west, downtown Sacramento is visible in the background.

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    Construction begins on the soccer stadium at Cal Expo.

  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    A front loader dumps concrete and asphalt that were removed from the site where construction began Tuesday on a soccer stadium at Cal Expo. It’s expected to cost about $3 million, with construction lasting two to three months.

  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    A tractor removes a load of asphalt that was removed from the site where construction began Tuesday, March 18, 2014, on an 8,000-seat soccer stadium at Cal Expo in Sacramento, Calif. The stadium will house Sacramento Republic FC, the city's new professional soccer franchise. It will stand adjacent to the Raging Waters park inside the state fairgrounds.

  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

Construction begins on new soccer stadium at Cal Expo

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Construction has begun on an 8,000-seat soccer stadium at Cal Expo that will house Sacramento Republic FC, the city’s new professional soccer franchise.

Crews are tearing out concrete and grass at the site of the stadium, which will stand adjacent to the Raging Waters park inside the state fairgrounds. The stadium will cost $3 million and is being funded by Ovations Fanfare – the company that provides concession service at Cal Expo – and Republic FC.

Construction is expected to last two to three months. Republic FC will play its first three home matches at Hughes Stadium on the Sacramento City College campus.

The team announced today it has received deposits on nearly 4,800 season tickets. Team officials have stated a goal of getting promoted to Major League Soccer in 2016 and have said fan support will be crucial to that goal.

–Ryan Lillis



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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact reporter Ryan Lillis at rlillis@sacbee.com

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