- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 6, 2008
- 4 Comments
- New Stadiums, Stadium Talk
I wanted to pass some information on for those RSL readers out there, and those that aren’t. The club announced today some big news regarding their new stadium and when it will be officially be opening.
The new stadium will be open in time to host the club’s final two home games (both which are nationally televised).
RSL will play New York on Oct. 9 and FC Dallas on Oct. 18 at Real Salt Lake Stadium, which the club deemed on Tuesday will be finished enough to host games this fall. Both matches will be nationally televised and will provide Real with high-profile opportunities to unveil its 20,000-seat stadium.
According to RSL president Bill Manning, it had been “touch-and-go” for some time over whether the stadium would be far enough along to be used this October, and he credited Layton-Turner Construction and owner Dave Checketts for helping to make it possible.
As with any major construction project, not everything at RSL Stadium will be finished in October — like RSL’s front offices, for example — but the threshold that Real officials set for being able to declare it ready will be met.
So Dallas and New York are those lucky clubs that get the first crack at RSL on the new digs. Man what is it with New York playing clubs in stadium openers. I believe that makes either two or three for them (Pizza Hut Park and correct me if I am wrong, Chicago).
Below are some updated photos of the stadium, thanks to RSLstadium.com. Again I will say it, the more I see this stadium the more I like it. I cannot wait for a trip west to see it in person one day soon. Congrats RSL fans, its a great looking stadium!