Phoenix Rising, Professional Soccer Team, Announces New Home: Wild Horse Pass

Phoenix Rising FC, Arizona’s highest-level professional soccer team, announced today the relocation of its stadium and professional training facilities from south Scottsdale to Wild Horse Pass within the Gila River Indian Community. 

Phoenix Rising Football Club (FC), Arizona’s highest-level professional soccer team, will relocate its stadium and professional training facilities from south Scottsdale to Wild Horse Pass within the Gila River Indian Community. 

“The Gila River Indian Community has a history of successful partnerships with many professional and collegiate sports teams in the Valley,” said Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Lewis. “We are very much looking forward to having Phoenix Rising be the first to play its games within our community.”

Back in September 2019, Gila River was named the official hotel and casino sponsor of the Arizona Cardinals. The partnership has led to cross-promotion and advertising at State Farm Stadium, home of the National Football League (NFL) team, as well as at Gila River’s three properties: Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte and Vee Quiva. And in November 2020, Gila River gaming enterprise entered into a new partnership deal with the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.

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Now Gila River welcomes Phoenix Rising, whose first and current home was erected in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in 2017. 

The Gila River Indian Community and Wild Horse Pass Development Authority have been hard at work preparing the new stadium and training site for Phoenix Rising FC. Located just south of Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass near the junction of the I-10 and 202 south freeways, the new stadium complex will feature multiple paved roads for quick entry and exit, a paved VIP parking lot and permanent bathrooms for fans. 

The new training facility and stadium will be completed before the start of the 2021 United Soccer League (USL) Championship season, which is projected to begin on or around May 1st. USL is delaying the start of the 2021 season to give clubs the best chance to play a full season schedule in front of fans.

Prior to selecting Wild Horse Pass for its stadium and training facility expansion, Phoenix Rising spent the past four years discussing possible stadium locations with many local governments including Maricopa County, Mesa, Phoenix, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Scottsdale and Tempe.

The move to Gila River will immediately increase seating capacity at the stadium, improve VIP luxury suites, speed entry and exit from the stadium complex and add additional training fields.

“Since the launch of Phoenix Rising FC in 2016, fan support has been consistently increasing,” said Phoenix Rising FC Governor Berke Bakay. “Prior to COVID-19, twenty-three consecutive matches at Casino Arizona Field were sold out due to our amazing supporters. This move will immediately increase stadium seating by more than 35% and also provide room for future expansion.”

In addition to increased seating, the stadium will include an enhanced video board, a larger press box, improved sound and a new family-friendly general admission section opposite the lively supporters’ area anchored by two of USL’s top fan groups — Los Bandidos and Red Fury. Expansion plans include a permanent ticket office, new locker rooms and an on-site administrative office.  

“We appreciate everyone from these governments who spent time exploring stadium location options with us,” said Bakay. “We will be forever grateful to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community families comprising the Solanna Group for embracing us in 2016 and providing a home on their land for our initial success. We intend to continue working with them well into the future, as their development plans include construction of a multi-purpose stadium and more sports fields.”

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