A Soccer Culture Thrives in Utah
If you're looking to experience the growth of "the beautiful game" in the United States of America, look no further than the shining example on the Wasatch Front.
Real Salt Lake (pronounced Ree-Al) plays at the stunning America First Field (formerly known at Rio Tinto Stadium) in Sandy. The stadium boasts a mountainous backdrop and is accessible via the UTA Trax light rail line from the 9000 South Trax Station.
At the game, expect to hear from a handful of official supporters groups, including La Barra Real — the first and largest Latino supporter group — and the family-friendly Section 26, and Salt Lake United, usually donning black-and-white, with plenty of beards and tattoos.
Expect to hear everyone in the stadium sing the RSL "Believe" anthem (written by Rancid rock band member and passionate supporter, Branden Steineckert) at the start of the game, and after each goal. So, brush up on the lyrics.
The best food at the area is served up in advance of each event at the America First Credit Union Pavilion, located on the stadium's east side. The pavilion serves up live entertainment, and pre-game food and beverages, including local favorite R&R Barbecue.
If you happen to pick a sold out weekend and can't land tickets, you can still feel the passion at an RSL watch party.
For information and tickets visit rsl.com.