Rhode Island FC Announces Stadium Delay
The team still expects to play in 2024
In a recent event Rhode Island FC held with local businesses to encourage the development of community corporate partnerships, the team announced that their new stadium at Tidewater Landing, which was previously expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2024 season, has been delayed to 2025. The team itself is still expected to begin play in March 2024 and will play the 2024 season at a temporary stadium that has not yet been announced.
At the event, the team also announced that they are looking for a sponsor for their newly-delayed multi-use stadium at Tidewater Landing, which is expected to seat 10,500 spectators and is being built at a cost of over $124 million. The sponsor will receive naming rights for the stadium.
Further details on the delay and on the event are scant, and the team has not responded to a request for comment as of publishing.
Rhode Island FC’s Chief Revenue Officer Vicki Lynch also announced at the event that they have received over 4,000 season ticket deposits from all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island. Coach Khano Smith stated that they will begin talking to potential players on June 1st, and Team President Brett Luy announced that the club is looking to hire at least 30 and as many as 40 front office positions by year’s end.