Phoenix FC To Play Remaining Home Games At Reach 11; Why Not Hoy Stadium At Phoenix College?
By Garrett Cleverly, @azkicksit
We heard rumors and now they look like they are true.
Earlier today in a press release sent out by Phoenix FC, the Wolves announced that they will play their three remaining home games at City of Phoenix’s Reach 11 Sports Complex. The three home games will be played on the turf field that has the concrete “bleachers” around them.
Fans who have purchased season tickets will have priority seating. Standing room only tickets will be on sale for $15. Fans are also encouraged by the club to bring their own chairs. And if you’re sitting in the “bleachers” we suggest you also bring a chair, as those are not individual seats with backrests.
Clearly this is a move to solve the financial issues the club has. Earlier this month, Phoenix FC cut costs when they lowered the seating capacity at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium from 3,600 to 1,051.
In a report I wrote at the time, he detailed how the $600,000 spent to upgrade Sun Devil Soccer Stadium cost on average $43,000 per game for the Wolves. Remember this is just an estimate of home games divided into the investment made by the club.
Last fall when Phoenix FC was looking for a stadium to play in, there was a possibility that Hoy Stadium at Phoenix College would be a perfect fit. Phoenix FC, however, choose to play at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, which was a great move at the time. In hindsight, after looking at the costs between the two, it might have made more sense to play a season at Hoy Stadium, which seats 7,500.
According to Phoenix College it would cost anywhere between $2,000-$3,000 to rent out the stadium for 5 hours. That includes: ticket sales, security, locker rooms and everything else needed to play a game.
Taking the high cost and multiplying it by 14 home games, it would have cost Phoenix FC $42,000 for the year. Remember, this is a safe estimate for Hoy Stadium.
Alcohol and tobacco are not allowed in the stadium, which was probably another reason Phoenix FC didn’t want to play there. But in reality, alcohol isn’t a must at sporting events. Especially in soccer, which is 2 hours.
This is just horrible news for the club that appeared to have a strong financial backing. Poor moves combined with numerous issues have really derailed what looked like a promising start for the first year franchise.
Last week, Odeen Domingo of the Arizona Republic reported that Phoenix FC had cut ties with Agency G, who were hired to provide game operations and PR.
It’s easy to kick the horse when it’s down and people will probably shy away from games now. But it’s now more important than ever for people to support the club. Phoenix might not have professional outdoor soccer next summer and with a metropolitan population above 3 million, that’s a shame.