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Solanna Developing Sports and Entertainment District in SRPMIC

The Cavalia tent view from the 202 loop and McClintock Road. Photo courtesy of The Solanna Group.

Have you noticed some changes on the southwestern edge of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community? Perhaps you’ve attended a Phoenix Rising Football Club soccer game, or driven past the area on Loop 202 and noticed a huge white tent just north of the soccer stadium.

It’s a growing entertainment area for the southern part of the Community, focused on the southeastern corner of McKellips Road and McClintock Drive. The Solanna Group, a Community member–owned real estate and economic development firm, is pre-developing a planned Sports and Entertainment District (the “Event Grounds”) on 75 acres of land that Solanna owns under an empowerment master lease.

“For the next several years, Solanna plans to add additional lands to this District,” said Claire Miller, Solanna Group president, “in collaboration with Solanna’s landowner, neighbors and fellow Community members.”

The first phase of pre-development involves setting up two temporary marketing props on Solanna’s land. “This serves Solanna well in attracting investors to our site and the Akimel 7 development program,” said Miller.

One of the “props” is a pop-up, temporary soccer stadium for Phoenix Rising FC as the precursor to a permanent 25,000-seat, climate-controlled, environmentally sustainable and solar-powered Major League Soccer–ready stadium planned to open in 2020 or 2021. The other is a pop-up, temporary equestrian acrobat arena for the Cavalia Odysseo equestrian touring troupe, which in the future will lead to a 1 million-square-foot, music-based theme park, recording and movie studio, and experiential theater complex, including a potential permanent equestrian acrobat arena for 2,500 guests.

Solanna has been building a business partnership relationship with Cavalia since 2012, right after Solanna received its master lease.

“We selected Cavalia for its world-renowned reputation of excellence, its management acumen and its financial wherewithal to deliver,” Miller said. “Our goal is to jointly build a permanent performing-arts arena surrounding equestrian acrobats. We selected a venue with a horse theme, not only to showcase these beautiful and talented animals interacting with their counterpart human actors, but also to culturally integrate into our entertainment programming on Solanna’s land the historical Native American bond with horses and the spirit they embody of strength, movement and power, symbolically representing important traits of our Community.”

For more details on Cavalia Odysseo, which opens February 21, visit