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Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy
(4.6/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
Rio Tinto Stadium is an American soccer-specific stadium in Sandy, Utah, that is the home to Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake and its USL associate team, Real Monarchs SLC. The stadium opened on October 9, 2008, and seats 20,213 for soccer, but can be expanded to over 25,000 for concerts.The stadium hosted the 2009 MLS All-Star Game, the second leg of the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League Finals, and the final of the 2013 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. It was also a host stadium during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and a host for final stages of the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship.Approval historyIn 2005 a soccer-specific stadium for the team was approved for Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City. However, funding for the stadium was still hard to come by. A vote in early 2006 struck down a funding proposal for the stadium. However, Tom Dolan, the mayor of Sandy, said that he would not give up on his fight to approve the proposal in Sandy. The funding plan was revised, but was struck down later in 2006 over disagreements in the appropriation of millions of hotel-tax dollars for a financially unproven sports franchise. The proposal for Sandy was declared "dead" by Checketts at that point, putting the team's future in doubt. Dave Checketts said that he wanted the team to remain in Utah, but would sell it if a proposal was not put forward by August 12, 2006.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • First time in this stadium, not that big but we did enjoyed the game. Too bad there was no goals. Oh well:/ 
  • This place is way out of place. Stuck in a busy little neighborhood the park is hard to get to and has no parking. The place is not run very well and the fans are very off putting. They show little re...  more »
  • I attended a conference at the stadium and discovered an unexpected side of the facility. In addition to being a great soccer facility, I had no idea they were capable of hosting business meeting. The...  more »
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  • Very nice stadium, I was pleasantly surprised. Nice staff, good food, even though it was very expensive. 5 bucks for a soda? That's a bit outrageous. My other complaint was the bathroom, specifically the stalls. The one I was in was so bad I decided to hold it. Some people live like animals. Anyway, I can only imagine how difficult it would be to keep those clean, with all the intoxicated fans. Which is why I didn't knock a star off for it. But the expensive food deserves to get my review with one less star.
  • I love this place. I wish they had stadiums like this back east. The place is spotless clean. It is a fairly small stadium so any seat is a good seat. The prices were a bit high but that is to be expected at a sports stadium. Would definitely go again.
  • It's the first soccer Stadium in the SLC area,they are putting in a new club house on the East side that has it's own kitchen so you don't have to go to the concession stands on the outside. But it will cost you to join the club. I believe the price is $10,000.00 . I don't know if it is just a one time thing, or once a year.
  • Rio Tinto Soccer Stadium is an exciting and sensational place to watch Major League Soccer. With a clean and friendly environment the Rio Tinto Stadium makes for a great place for family fun. Plenty of parking with in five minutes walking distance of the front gates. The stadium is outfitted with the latest modern technology so free WiFi for all. Plus the surround sound and big screens TVs it is equipped with does a great job to make sure you never miss a moment of the soccer action.
  • They keep this stadium very clean and very safe. They constantly have security watching over the crowd at Real Salt Lake games. The design of the stadium is great and recognizable and I always feel like I'm close to the field. The sound isn't very good so it's hard to hear the announcer speaking, which seems to be a more recent problem, but they utilize the two big screens they have cleverly and treat fans with a lot of respect. If you're looking for free parking for any events, be prepared to walk a lot.