Arizona’s only professional soccer/football club changed its name and announced construction of a temporary stadium for 5,000 people, as well as a vast complex of training fields.
Formerly known as Arizona United, now renamed Phoenix Rising FC, the third league team from Phoenix is the only professional club throughout Arizona. Considering the state’s size and potential, it’s no wonder the club are aiming much higher than their current status suggests.
This week they announced plans to build a new stadium and training complex covering 15.8 acres (6.4 hectares) between Tempe and Scottsdale. The stadium itself will be temporary and able to accommodate 5,000 people. The below image is the only one released so far.
With modular structure, it’s expected to be ready very soon, already ahead of the 2017 USL season. The "pop-up" stadium could be a precursor of an MLS stadium, if Phoenix Rising continue with their top-flight aspirations. The land is held by a private developer on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
Arizona United played at Peoria's spring training stadium last year and at Scottsdale Stadium the year before on fields configured for baseball.
The spring training schedules at those stadiums prevented the soccer team from playing home games during cooler weather in March and April, Bakay said. That won't be a problem at the new stadium.