Sandy, Utah (Saturday, September 10, 2022) – football League Real Salt Lake And the inaugural partner of the club America’s First Credit Union – One of RSL’s longest-serving partners – Announced that Club’s Sandy venue will now be known as America the first fieldEffective immediately.
Head of Real Salt Lake John Kimball President and CEO, America First Thane Schaffer Joining today’s announcement are members of the club’s loyal fan base; Local, regional and national sports personalities and business leaders, including the Football League commissioner Don Garber; RSL Season Ticket holders; and members of the First American Credit Union.
The president of the Real Salt Lake club said John Kimball. “This partnership has grown exponentially over our 18 seasons, and today’s unveiling of the AMERICA FIRST FIELD banners and labels pushes the partnership to a whole new level. RSL and America First Credit Union share many principles, including ambitious vision, commitment, and innovation. To our collective community. The depth, breadth, and duration of this AMERICA FIRST FIELD Naming Rights Agreement is a perfect example of that partnership, and we look forward to deepening our common roots not only across the great state of Utah but throughout West Intermountain.”
Since the opening of Sandy’s Place on Historic State Street in October 2008, Real Salt Lake has played 269 games, recording 154 wins and 66 draws with only 49 losses, a nearly 70% home win percentage and an impressive 1.96 points per game. . Two finals were held in what is now the AMERICA FIELD – the second leg of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League Final as well as the 2013 Lamar Hunt Cup Final at the US Open. Nearly 50 clubs and national teams from over a dozen countries have competed for the AMERICA FIRST FIELD across many competitions, including Major League Soccer, the Women’s National Football League, the MLS All-Star Game, the Olympic Playoffs, and the Qualifiers For World Cup, Gold Cup, USL Championship, MLS NEXT Pro Invitational and more.
Ancillary events held at what is now AMERICA FIRST FIELD include Utah High School Activities Association football competitions for both boys and girls, American football, rugby, lacrosse, monster truck, motocross and more.
America First Credit Union will continue to welcome guests at the Real Salt Lake home with signage on the East Side/State Street Plaza, across 9400 South and at the “Spanish Steps” entry point, among others. In addition, the America First/RSL co-branded debit and credit card will provide cardholders with exclusive benefits, including discount tickets, privileges, merchandise, and special access to events. Whether you’re buying RSL game tickets, gear from the RSL Team Store, or playtime favorites food and drinks, the new card will be a fast and secure way to make payments at AMERICA FIRST FIELD.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer by putting our name into this upscale sports and entertainment venue, and by offering our exclusive RSL branded credit and debit card,” Thane Schaffer, President and CEO of America First. “This partnership will provide value to our members and help us continue investing in our community and in organizations that support individuals, families, and businesses as they work to achieve their personal and financial goals.”
As part of its commitment to its 1.2 million members and the communities it serves, America First collaborates with numerous nonprofit organizations and charities throughout Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.
America First Credit Union, which has joined Real Salt Lake since 2005, will have an expanded relationship with the club, including digital and traditional brands at AMERICA FIRST FIELD, activation during RSL games, affiliation with MLS NEXT Pro Real Monarchs at Herriman and other sporting events . The club’s ardent fan base will continue to be known collectively as ‘The Riot’, providing emotional heartbeats emanating from the South End in every match. The two organizations will also continue to work together on various community outreach initiatives throughout Utah. In addition, America First Credit Union will continue to sponsor various RSL properties, Real Monarchs digital, and sponsor RSL youth camps and clinics. America First Credit Union will also collaborate with RSL on a small business promotion and offer a one-season marketing and advertising sponsorship opportunity at the AMERICA FIRST FIELD.
About the First American Credit Union
Proudly celebrating 83 years of member service and a long-standing history, First American Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and progressive credit unions in the country. As the largest credit union in Utah, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 121 locations, is the seventh largest credit union in assets in the United States with more than $17 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in America with more than 1.2 million members.
During the first week of January 2022, the global sports entrepreneur received his RSL Real Estate Feed David Pletzer – Who has interests in Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), New Jersey Devils (NHL), and six European football entities, including Crystal Palace (England), Augsburg (Germany), Estoril (Portugal), and Ado Den Haag (Netherlands) , Alcorcón (Spain) and SK Beveren (Belgium). Blitzer Group is collaborating with Utah-based Smith Entertainment Group, led by Ryan SmithWhich owns the Utah Jazz Club (NBA).
Real Salt Lake kicked off its 18th season in Major League Soccer this spring, its first full season under the coach Pablo Mastroiniwho led the Utah team for the last 100 days last year, and advanced to the 2021 Audi MLS Cup qualifiers for the 11th time in the last 14 years.
The club’s 2009 MLS Cup victory marked Utah’s only major professional tournament in nearly 40 years, a title that preceded the historic streak of the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League Final. Backed by a passionate base of several thousand season ticket holders, RSL has enjoyed a significant advantage on its own turf – setting the dominant record of 154-49-66 (Win-Loss-Draw) across all home competitions (1.96 points per game for a .0.695 win). %) – Since the construction of the permanent Rio Tinto stadium in Sandy 13 years ago.
In 2015, the club expanded its development pyramid by adding Real Monarchs SLC, one of the MLS-run clubs that plays in the USL Championship, the United States’ second division. The Monarchs boast a pair of titles in their short history, as the 2017 USL regular season champions, and later won the USL Final in 2019. For the 2022 season and beyond, the Real Monarchs will compete in the newly launched MLS NEXT Pro as part of a joint US-Canada endeavor To complete the pro player’s path by connecting the MLS NEXT Youth Academies to the top teams in Major League Soccer.
The entire RSL development pipeline, which includes the RSL U-15 and U-17 academy teams, invites the expanded Zions Bank Training Center in Herriman, Utah to their daily training headquarters. With five world-class grass pitches, two indoor turf fields, a residential dormitory, a STEM-based RSL Academy High School, and a 5,000-seat Zions Bank stadium located on a 42-acre campus, Utah’s sports future is bright.
The RSL Community Foundation was established in 2016, with the goal of being active in the community year-round, capitalizing on the popularity and reach of RSL and Real Monarchs in promoting the health and wellness of children across the region, and engaging football supporters in raising funds and volunteer time for various local initiatives .
For more information about Real Salt Lake, visit www.RSL.com.