Arizonan news staff
Phoenix City Council last week unanimously approved a lease of about 10 acres at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport land to Phoenix Rising FC for construction of a temporary stadium.
The team gave no reason why it is leaving the stadium it built just within the last 18 months on Gila River Indian Community land near Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino.
The facility will be located at 3801 E. Washington St., Phoenix, next to Phoenix Park ‘n Swap and across from a Valley Metro light rail stop at 38th Street/GateWay Community College.
“This move will allow us to immediately upgrade our gameday fan experience, which has always been our top priority,” said Phoenix Rising FC Governor Bill Kraus. “Accessibility to the site is excellent and there will be opportunities to create partnerships with the small businesses at Phoenix Park ‘n Swap.”
The lease calls for the team to pay $300,000 in rent the first year and total rent over the five-year agreement will be $1.5 million, according to city documents.
The team will “construct a temporary soccer stadium and associated facilities that may include concession stands, a portable sports book, and a practice facility,” those documents state.
“The capacity, look and feel of the club’s current stadium at Wild Horse Pass will be transferred to the new, more centrally located site in Phoenix during the offseason,” the team said in an announcement. “Rising intends to host its 2023 home opener and season at the new site beginning in March 2023.”
Kraus said the team hopes “to continue working with them to allow thousands of children and visiting professional soccer teams to use the beautiful soccer fields we developed together at Wild Horse Pass.”
The team moved to the Gila River Inidan Community to improve the fan experience over that of its facility at Casino Arizona site at McClintock Drive and Red Mountain Loop 202 Freeway.
When it announced the move two years ago, it said the new location would increase seating capacity, enable construction on luxury suites and add additional training facilities.
City Councilman Sal DiCiccio praised Councilman Carlos Garcia and Mayor Kate Gallego for their work on the arrangement.
Garcia said Phoenix Rising’s presence in Phoenix will “bring economic value to the city” as well as his district.