By CAITLIN MURRAY
A week after yanking their first proposal for a USL-specific stadium, Real Salt Lake’s owner Dell Loy Hansen has found a new solution.
Hansen and the Real Monarchs, RSL’s reserve team that will play in USL, have signed a letter of intent to build a new 8,000-seat stadium in West Valley City, a suburb just outside Salt Lake City.
The new venue would cost upwards of $20 million and an exact stadium site has not been selected yet. Hansen is seeking to lease land from West Valley City on a 40-year term with potential extensions, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
When the Monarchs were announced in September, RSL immediately unveiled a plan for an $18-million venue at the Utah state fair grounds. But last week Hansen rescinded the proposal, saying “the timing and process involved with this project no longer make the venue a viable option.”
Talks with West Valley City have apparently moved much more swiftly, with Hansen telling reporters in Utah that he first met with city officials last week and quickly reached an agreement.
If the proposal moves forward, construction on the new stadium could begin in late spring or early summer. It would take at least a year to be complete, which means the Monarchs would debut in their new stadium in July or August of 2016, according to Monarchs president Rob Zarkos.
The Monarchs will play their first USL season at Rip Tinto Stadium, the home of parent club RSL.
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