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Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy

Categories: Tourist Spots, Arenas & Stadiums
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4.7/5 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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  • 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...  read 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...  read more »
  • It has been 3 years since I have been able to make it to Utah for an RSL soccer match. The RSL fans have become very foul mouthed and drink far too much. I was constantly worried that someone was goin...  read more »
  • 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.
  • With the recent remodel of Carnival ReAl on the east lawn this stadium looks fantastic. Friendly staff. And very understanding of guest complaints if there are any. Very pleased.
  • A-1 Soccer Field. This place is "first cabin" all the way around. It was designed & built for the best experience ever. I can't say enough good about it.
  • Great place to see a game. No seat is bad, even the highest is intimate to the field. Usually a great energetic crowd. Sit on the west side in the evenings so you don't get fried.
  • Home of Real Salt Lake. I love RSL. What else is there to say other than food and drinks are horribly expensive. A large domestic beer, a large hotdog and a 20 ounce gatorade was $21.00
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