Salt Lake City

City to Celebrate Re-Launch of Soccer Complex Construction, RSL Gift


July 31, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond

City to Celebrate Re-Launch of Soccer Complex Construction, RSL Gift
SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker, City Councilman Carlton Christensen and Real Salt Lake (RSL) owner Dell Loy Hansen invite the public and media representatives to participate in an event recognizing both the official re-start of construction on the City’s voter-approved Regional Athletic Complex (RAC) and RSL’s gift of $7.5 million to help complete the project.

Mayor Becker and City officials will join team executives, RSL defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe and local Utah Youth Soccer teams on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the north end of the soccer complex property, near 2100 North Rose Park Lane, to officially re-launch construction and accept RSL’s gift.

Following a 2010 groundbreaking, work on the 142-acre site near the Jordan River northwest of downtown was halted pending the resolution of legal action aimed at delaying the project. A Utah Supreme Court ruling in favor of the City in Dec. 2012 removed the last barrier to construction and the $15.3 million bond, approved by voters in 2003, was recently issued. The new complex will feature 16 soccer/multi-purpose fields, including a stadium field that will feature bleachers, artificial turf, scoreboard and concession area. The RSL gift covers the remaining financing of the $22.8 million project.

“This is a day many of us have been anticipating for years now,” said Mayor Becker. “Getting this project back online is a benchmark for our residents who approved it and for the numerous youth and adult teams who will show their skills on its fields. And, of course, the generosity of RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen and his support of soccer in our community really bring this effort full circle.”

The RAC project is scheduled to be completed by summer 2015.

EVENT:        Re-start of Regional Athletic Complex Construction/Real Salt Lake Gift Acceptance

WHO:        Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
                 Salt Lake City Councilman Carlton Christensen
                 Salt Lake City Public Services Director Rick Graham
                 Real Salt Lake Owner Dell Loy Hansen
                 Real Salt Lake General Manager Garth Lagerwey
                 Real Salt Lake Defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe
                 Utah Youth Soccer President Andrew Hiatt
                 Utah Youth Soccer participants

WHEN:        Thursday, Aug. 1
                   10:30 a.m.

WHERE:    Salt Lake City Regional Athletic Complex site
                  Near 2100 North Rose Park Lane

            Directions from Salt Lake City:
            -Take I-215 north to 2100 North exit
            -Follow Rose Park Lane north
            -Take a right on 2100 North-Continue north approx. ½ mile to gate in chain link fence on right. Event is through gate at north end of complex site.