SBD/Closing Bell

Hosting MLS Cup Title Match Caps Sporting Park's Banner Year

Sporting Park on Saturday hosts the Real Salt Lake-Sporting KC MLS Cup Championship match, and "only greed could hope for a better year" for the 18,467-seat venue, which also hosted this year's MLS All-Star Game. The stadium "has quietly surpassed Red Bull Arena as the most-admired facility in the league, with seeming none" of its $200M price tag "going to waste." The New Jersey venue "enjoyed one year as the object of MLS’s affection," but the role Sporting Park has had in its club's "overall rebranding has shown the power that comes with a new, well-executed venue" (NBCSPORTS.com, 12/2).

Meanwhile, RSL is "an MLS success story, with recognizable players and an expanding fan base." That is a "tribute to former owner Dave Checketts’ vision, current owner Dell Loy Hansen’s investment and a management team that has created a winning product and marketed it well" (SLTRIB.com, 12/4).
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