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Now that Real Salt Lake has its very own taxpayer subsidized stadium, the pressure on Utah's Major League Soccer franchise to succeed is intense. No one, regardless of how they felt about the stadium being built in Sandy, should now wish for failure.
As with most high-profile sporting ventures, the best way to fill the stands, remain economically viable, and earn a return on the public investment is to win matches. To that end, RSL has been doing a better job this year than in seasons past. Making the playoffs for the first time is still a possibility.
Aside from that practical side of the business, the impressive new stadium by its very existence is sure to attract a degree of national and international attention to Utah. For good reason, it is already being dubbed the finest soccer specific facility in the nation. The fact next year's Major League Soccer All-Star game will be held here is sure to be a boon to both the franchise and the community.
KSL enthusiastically welcomes the addition of the new stadium, now dubbed Rio Tinto Stadium. We believe the future for the franchise is bright, and encourage soccer fans and skeptics alike to enjoy this latest community foray into big league athletic competition.