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Nationally renowned firm will lead development of proposed downtown stadium for Sacramento Republic FC.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.– Sac Soccer and Entertainment Holdings (SSEH) announced today, the hiring of Legends as project manager for the development of a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Sacramento. SSEH is the parent company of USL franchise Sacramento Republic FC.
The announcement represents a significant step forward in ‘Operation Turnkey,’ an initiative launched by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle to strengthen Sacramento’s bid for a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise. Plans for a new, privately-financed stadium are 100 percent on track, pending the award of MLS expansion rights to Sacramento, and can be ready to open as soon as the 2018 MLS season.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Legends to Operation Turnkey,” said Mayor Johnson. “Sacramento is laser-focused on bringing MLS to our community, and today’s news shows just how serious we are about putting the ball into the back of the net.”
“A strong team just got stronger,” said Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle. “Legends brings tremendous credibility, expertise, passion and commitment to our group. They understand our market and share our vision for building a world-class stadium worthy of both the MLS and our incredible fans.”
The Legends team will bring both global reach and local expertise to the stadium effort. Current partners include the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Manchester City FC. Locally, Legends partnered in 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers to launch Levi’s Stadium and in 2014 with the Sacramento Kings on a groundbreaking food and beverage program for the upcoming Golden 1 Center. Both the York Family of the 49ers and Kings are key investors in Republic FC on the MLS-level..
“We are extremely excited to have been hired to manage this project,” said Shervin Mirhashemi, President and COO, Legends. “We look forward to working closely with all of the key stakeholders to deliver the visionary stadium that befits all that the City of Sacramento and Republic FC stand for.”
Industry veteran Dale Koger, Legends Senior Vice President of Project Development, will lead Legends’ work on the stadium. Koger and his team will provide extensive experience in key areas of design, planning, engineering, and related activities in stadium predevelopment.
For more information, please visit SacRepublicFC.com.
Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations