PRFC has been playing its games at Wild Horse Pass, which replaced Casino Arizona Field, since the 2021 season. It turns out that after two years of playing at the new facility, the team from the state capital may be forced to move to another arena!
The United Soccer League is a back-up to the larger, richer and more prestigious Major League Soccer. Both leagues are closed, meaning there are no relegations or promotions between them. Phoenix Rising FC, which plays in the USL, has made no secret of their ambition to join MLS. This is being pursued by a large group of club owners such as legendary Chelsea player Didier Drogba, famous DJ Diplo and former baseball player Brandon McCarthy. For this to be possible, a number of specific criteria must be met, as well as the approval of the other participants in the games.
Soccer is extremely popular in The Grand Canyon State. List of online casinos that are legal in Arizona is wide and some of them allow sports betting. It is worth mentioning that this is one of the largest states without a representative in the best soccer league in the USA. This was perfectly evident in the 2020 season. As many as 23 times in a row PRFC matches were watched from the stands by a sold-out crowd. At the time, it was decided to expand the existing Casino Arizona Field, but the decision to build a new stadium in a different location was eventually made.
Wild Horse Pass, the successor to the old facility, was built in an unconventional way. In this case, it can even be said that the previous home of Phoenix Rising FC was moved to a new site rather than built from scratch. The relocation involved most of the grandstand components consisting of modular parts, which were then expanded. Capacity grew from 6,200 to 10,000 seats. The facilities and infrastructure of the arena underwent significant changes. Two training fields were created next to the new stadium, which became part of a large complex for PRFC use.
Most relevant, however, is where exactly the facility was built. Wild Horse Pass is located in a Native American reserve called the Gila River Indian Community. The area is located south of Phoenix just off Interstate 10 and Arizona State Road 202. It is worth mentioning that the Indian community participated in the cost of building the arena. This is very important considering the fact that the structure was not built against the will of the ethnic minority to which the area belongs. On the contrary, it is thanks to the community that the stadium is in this location. In the end, the budget for this investment was not disclosed.
After nearly two years after moving, it appears that Phoenix Rising FC may be forced to look for a new home. All because of a recent change of the property manager. The previous company guaranteed the club the right to play at the facility up to and including the 2026 season. The company that currently operates the arena has withdrawn from the agreements made by its predecessors. Case is not yet closed, but there is a very big concern that a team competing in the USL could change its stadium for the third time in less than three years.
PRFC General Manager Boby Dulle says that the Arizona team's authorities are doing everything possible to prevent such a need. A great deal of resources have been invested to make Wild Horse Pass a modern arena that meets all the club's needs. Talks are currently underway with the new operators of the facility, but Dulle argues that he hopes a compromise can be worked out. The GM of Phoenix Rising FC says contingency plans are also being prepared in case negotiations fail.