What you need to know about Sacramento Republic FC’s big block party

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The city of Sacramento is preparing one of the biggest parties of the year to celebrate the news that a Sacramento investor group has been awarded the 29th Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

Republic FC will be hosting a free “Indomitable Block Party” open to the public starting at 4 p.m. on Capitol Mall near Fourth Street in downtown Sacramento.

The Sacramento Police Department blocked off several blocks Sunday morning where the party is set to begin. Traffic will be closed on Capitol Mall between Third and Fifth streets through Monday evening. Fourth Street will be closed between L and N streets.

Republic FC soccer officials are anticipating attendance in the thousands. Parking may be a challenge, as street parking will be limited. Sacramento Regional Transit is offering free bus and light rail rides to attendees. Either print or take a cell phone photograph of the “free ride flyer” on the website.

Billed as “an extraordinary day in Sacramento history,” the festivities will include a beer garden, food trucks and live entertainment, plus family-friendly games and giveaways, according to the team.

Special commemorative merchandise will be available, and special guests have yet to be announced.

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Vincent Moleski covers business and breaking news for The Bee and is a graduate student in literature at Sacramento State. He was born and raised in Sacramento and previously wrote for the university’s student newspaper, the State Hornet.