Phoenix-area pro soccer team announces new name, stadium complex

Nov 28, 2016, 12:30 PM | Updated: 8:35 pm
An artist's rendering of the new home of Phoenix Rising FC. (Phoenix Rising FC Photo)...
An artist's rendering of the new home of Phoenix Rising FC. (Phoenix Rising FC Photo)
(Phoenix Rising FC Photo)

PHOENIX — We knew Cyber Monday was going to be big, but had no idea one of those deals could include a new soccer stadium in the East Valley.

Arizona United, a professional soccer team that has played games on both sides of the Valley over the past years, announced Monday that it is planning to build a stadium and training facility in Scottsdale.

But Arizona United will not play in that stadium. The team announced a name change Monday. It is now called Phoenix Rising FC.

The 15.8-acre site — located near the Loop 202 freeway and McClintock Road on the Tempe-Scottsdale border — would house the new stadium and training grounds as early as 2017. In addition to the team, the site is being developed by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Solanna Group.

“These planned investments should serve as proof that we are serious about creating a successful soccer franchise in our state,” Berke Bakay with the team said.

“We seek to prove that the Valley of the Sun can deliver a successful United Soccer League team and eventually compete at the highest levels of soccer.”

Construction on the site is expected to begin in the next several weeks.

David Fordon, CEO and general manager of the Solanna Group, said the stadium will meet FIFA qualifications and will be state-of-the-art.

“We’re happy for the Valley and thrilled by the zeal and excitement that professional soccer will bring to all the passionate fans for the sport that are eager for top-flight competition and international exhibitions,” he said.

Prior to the new stadium, Arizona United played games at Peoria Sports Complex. It spent one season at Scottsdale Stadium.

Should Phoenix Rising FC’s new home be built, it will be just a few miles from Arizona State University’s main campus and the potential new home of the Arizona Coyotes hockey team.

Over the past years, Arizona United has enjoyed some celebrity status: Artists Diplo and Pete Wentz have both invested in the team.

KTAR’s Ali Vetnar contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake said Arizona needs “to have a comprehensive plan” fo...
Kevin Stone

Kari Lake, Arizona’s GOP nominee for governor, calls water supply ‘maybe the top issue’

With Arizona facing reduced access to Colorado River water, GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake said securing the state’s supply is “maybe the top issue."
13 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...

Police arrest man after fatal stabbing over lighter in Mesa

Maricopa County Sheriffs arrested a man in Mesa Sunday after he fatally stabbed another man 50 to 70 times in an altercation.
13 hours ago
FILE - Visitors view the dramatic bend in the Colorado River at the popular Horseshoe Bend in Glen ...
Associated Press

Arizona takes another hit in new round of Colorado River water cuts

U.S. officials announced that Arizona and Nevada will face more Colorado River water cuts as they endure extreme drought.
13 hours ago
(City of Glendale Photo)...

Glendale police investigating fatal car crash that kills pregnant woman

Glendale police are investigating a head on car accident that left a woman and he unborn child dead on Sunday, authorities said. 
13 hours ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...

Hear stories from 2022 Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s with KTAR, Arizona Sports

Here are the stories of five kids from this year's Phoenix Children's Give-A-Thon who are living examples of the quality care provided at the hospital.
13 hours ago
(Twitter photo: @DougDucey)...

Arizona DHS director says state couldn’t wait on shipping container wall at southern border

With a high number of migrants crossing the border, Tim Roemer said Arizona couldn't wait any longer to use the shipping containers.
13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Phoenix-area pro soccer team announces new name, stadium complex