Rhode Island FC Assures Fans That Soccer is Coming to Rhode Island in 2024
"Soccer is coming to Rhode Island in 2024 and the enthusiasm from fans and supporters across this state continues to be overwhelming."
Hot on the heels of Pawtucket’s decision to pump the brakes on $27 million in public bonds for the construction of their new stadium at Tidewater Landing in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Rhode Island FC’s president, Brett Luy, has released a statement reaffirming the team’s commitment to kicking off in time for the start of the next United Soccer League (USL) Championship season.
“Soccer is coming to Rhode Island in 2024 and the enthusiasm from fans and supporters across this state continues to be overwhelming,” Luy said. “Plans are underway to ensure a great fan experience from the very first match. Our leadership team is evaluating all venue options while the construction of the stadium at Tidewater Landing progresses. We will finalize those plans in the near future. Once the venue for next year is finalized, we will announce plans and policies for how you can convert your deposit to season tickets for our historic inaugural season.” This news comes as a comfort to fans worried about possible delays in stadium construction.
As WPRI 12 reported last Wednesday, Pawtucket’s decision to hold the funds comes from “uncertain financial conditions.” At this time, construction continues at the site using private funding, while the city and state say that public money granted as part of Rebuild RI tax incentives, and by the federal American Rescue Plan Act remains available.
For fans still not fully reassured, Luy said “Let me be clear and unequivocal: Rhode Island FC is playing soccer in Rhode Island in 2024.”
He pointed to the team’s recent hiring of Khano Smith as head coach and general manager, and to their expanding administrative staff, as reasons for supporters to remain optimistic, and stated that they intend to compete for trophies from the start. He also discussed the opening of the team’s headquarters and store as planned for the “coming weeks.”
Luy’s statement buoys Rhode Islanders’ hopes; despite the recent setback in public funding for the stadium construction, Rhode Island FC remains committed to starting their games on schedule, though it remains to be seen whether that will be at their new stadium at Tidewater Landing, or if another site may have to provide a temporary home for the new team.
Wherever they play, Rhode Islanders can be certain of cheering on their new team next March.
Good news. I'm thrilled to see how much support the club can generate. Potential to be really cool. Yet another reason to be sad about no longer living in RI.