Republic FC to delay opening of 8,000-seat stadium at Cal Expo until June 20

Republic FC will delay the opening of its new stadium at Cal Expo until June 20.

The team was scheduled to play Arizona United SC on June 7 at the new 8,000-seat Bonney Field. But because of a tight timeline, club officials postponed the opening until June 20 against the Colorado Rapids Reserves.

The June 7 match will instead will be played at Hughes Stadium, the club’s temporary home, where record crowds of 20,231 and 17,414 saw Republic FC's first two home matches.

Republic FC will play LA Galaxy II at Hughes on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

“We still anticipate the completion of Bonney Field around the first week of June, but (playing June 7) will be cutting it too close to provide the experience we want for our fans and players that are counting the days to that first match on our very own full pitch,” Republic FC president Warren Smith said in a news release.

While Hughes Stadium offers a larger seating capacity, the width of the field is only 68 yards. The privately financed $3 million Bonney Field will be the soccer-optimal 80 yards wide by 120 yards long.

Officials say the revised opening date will not affect the June 21 USA Rugby vs. Canada Rugby match scheduled at Bonney Field.

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