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Phoenix Rising FC Announces SRPMIC Connection

Artist rendering of the Phoenix Rising FC sports complex and training center.

The effort to establish a successful professional soccer franchise in Arizona received a kick-start during a news conference at the Talking Stick Resort on November 28, when the Arizona United Soccer Club announced that not only has it changed its name to Phoenix Rising Football Club, but it also plans to build a world-class soccer stadium and training facility on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The organization’s ownership made both announcements at Degree 270 in Talking Stick Resort. Tim Riester, CEO of the Riester advertising and marketing agency in Phoenix, announced the name change and also presented the new logo for Phoenix Rising FC.

The soccer stadium and training center complex will be developed on 15.8 acres north of the Tempe Marketplace, on Curry Road and McClintock Drive/Hayden Road, where the southwestern border of the Community meets north Scottsdale and north Tempe along Loop 202.

The club, a member of the United Soccer League, is thrilled to bring a new sport to the Community. Renderings and design plans were shared with the media.

Phoenix Rising FC will kick off the 2017 season at the new complex, which is a collaboration between the SRPMIC and Solanna Group LLC.

In the past, Phoenix Rising FC has played its games at the Peoria Sports Complex and Scottsdale Stadium.

“This happened very quickly. It was very nice to work with the organization; they have been very professional,” said Community member and landowner Claire Miller. “They understood what the land meant to us and let us know right from the beginning what they were planning to build on it.”

The Arizona Youth Soccer Association also will benefit, as a partner with Phoenix Rising FC to help develop new generations of male and female soccer players.

Landowners, family, and friends all attended the press conference of Phoenix Rising FC.
“We took into consideration what it could bring to the Community as a whole as far as attention and benefits,” said Miller.

Similar to a baseball spring training facility, the climate-controlled, state-of-the-art soccer facility will feature 5,000-plus seats, along with concession stands and administrative/training/locker space for teams and staff. A temporary facility will be ready for the upcoming 2017 soccer season.

“Our group believes that Phoenix Rising FC will make a wonderful addition to the Community and we extend a welcome to the club, to Salt River,” said David Fordon, CEO and general manager of Solanna Group.

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