Soccer fans have always had a hands-on role with their clubs. Sacramento Republic FC is continuing that tradition with the design of a proposed stadium in the downtown railyard.
Republic FC said Friday it will seek fan input on design and entertainment ideas for a stadium that would be built should the city obtain a Major League Soccer expansion team. A project group is already in the early stages of the stadium’s conceptual design phase and expects to finish a “concept design” later this year, according to a team news release.
The fan input is part of an effort led by Mayor Kevin Johnson dubbed “Operation Turnkey” that is seeking to show MLS that Sacramento is ready to join the ranks of the nation’s premiere professional soccer league. MLS recently expanded to 24 cities, but is debating whether to add to that list and could make a decision by the end of this year.
“Listening (to) and engaging fans, and the neighborhoods surrounding soccer stadiums, goes back to the origins of the sport and is woven in the fabric of it today,” Republic FC team president Warren Smith said in a statement. “This vital feedback from the community will not only assist us in the design of the stadium but also garner ideas on how it will serve as a catalyst towards our goal of making Sacramento a better place to work, live and play.”
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The team has launched an online survey for input on the stadium design at www.sacrepublicfc.com/stadium-survey. The survey will be available through Thursday.
Interested fans will then randomly be selected to join focus groups that will begin meeting next week and will be asked to provide more in-depth feedback.
Republic FC will later ask for input on food and beverage choices at the stadium, special event programming and “retail spaces,” according to the news release.