SANDY, UT (Friday, March 4, 2022) – With Real Salt Lake’s 18th Major League Soccer season kicking off its home portion TOMORROW, RSL icon Damir Kreilach has purchased 100 season tickets at Rio Tinto Stadium with the express purpose of providing opportunities for underserved children to attend the Club’s 2022 home matches.
Dubbed “Kreilach Corner,” the RSL Community initiative has already seen a matching contribution of 200 additional season tickets by the Club’s new Ownership entities. Salt Lake City-based company Infinite Scale has also matched the RSL Captain’s 100-ticket contribution, on the heels of the branded space specialists innovative involvement in recent weeks upgrading the aesthetic at Rio Tinto Stadium. Also, 1WireFiber – presenter of the Club’s “Bleeding Claret-and-Cobalt” podcast – is also contributing a significant block of tickets, with the initiative currently totaling 430 “Kreilach Corner” donated tickets per home game.
“We would love to put a goal of 500 tickets for the ‘Kreilach Corner’ out there to our corporate community and fan base,” said Real Salt Lake President John Kimball. “Damir’s inspirational leadership and his humble willingness to do anything for this Club deserves support as we aggressively pursue our goal of populating that ‘Kreilach Corner’ 500-strong when we kick off against Seattle tomorrow, and continue our season March 19 against Nashville.”
Individuals or entities interested in participating in the “Kreilach Corner” at Rio Tinto Stadium should contact RSL Community Foundation Director Kyle Schroeder via [email protected] or (972) 824-8683.
Only a few thousand tickets of the 20,000+ for this match remain available at www.RSL.com/tickets_._
ABOUT REAL SALT LAKE
During the first week of January 2022, the RSL compendium of properties was acquired by global sports entrepreneur David Blitzer – who boasts interests in the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), the New Jersey Devils (NHL), and six European soccer entities, including Crystal Palace (England), FC Augsburg (Germany), Estoril (Portugal), ADO Den Haag (Netherlands), Alcorcón (Spain) and Waasland-Beveren (Belgium). The Blitzer group also includes Utah-based Smith Entertainment Group, which owns the Utah Jazz (NBA), led by Ryan Smith.
Real Salt Lake kicks off its 18th Major League Soccer season this Spring, its first full season under Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni, who led the Utah side for the final 100 days last year, advancing to the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the 11th time in the last 14 years.
The club’s MLS Cup 2009 victory marked the state of Utah’s only major professional championship in nearly 40 years, the title preceding an historic run to the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League Final. Buoyed by a passionate base boasting several thousand season ticket holders, RSL has enjoyed a prominent home-field advantage – posting a dominant 145-43-46 (Win-Loss-Draw) record across all competitions at home (2.06 points per game for a 0.771 win pct.) – since building its permanent Rio Tinto Stadium home in Sandy 13 years ago.
In 2015, the club expanded its development pyramid with the addition of Real Monarchs SLC, one of several MLS-operated clubs playing in the USL Championship, the United States’ Division II setup. The Monarchs boast a pair of titles in its brief history, as the 2017 USL regular-season champions, later winning the USL Final in 2019. For the 2022 season and beyond, Real Monarchs will compete in the newly launched “MLS NEXT Pro” as part of a joint United States and Canada endeavor to complete the professional player pathway by connecting youth academies in MLS NEXT to first teams in Major League Soccer.
The entire RSL development pipeline, which includes the RSL Academy’s U-15 and U-17 teams, calls the expansive Zions Bank Training Center in Herriman, Utah their daily training home. With five world-class grass fields, two indoor turf fields, a residential dormitory, the STEM-based RSL Academy High School and the 5,000-seat Zions Bank Stadium located on a 42-acre campus, Utah’s sporting future is bright.
Added in 2020 was the elite RSL Academy basketball program, already earning accolades internationally for its vision, mission, and accomplishments.
The RSL Community Foundation was established in 2016, created with the goals of being active in the community year-round, utilizing the popularity and reach of RSL and the Monarchs in promoting health and wellness in children throughout the region, engaging supporters of soccer to raise funds and volunteer time for various local initiatives.
Early in 2021, the Claret-and-Cobalt unveiled “The RSL Way,” a document which publicly informs the Club’s core cultural values of Pride, Industry, Harmony, Community and Integrity, with the intention of stating the RSL’s founding principles and holding each employee accountable to both collective and individual missions.
ABOUT INFINITE SCALE
Sports, live event and experiential design firm, Infinite Scale, designs and manages the execution of dynamic, visual signage and branding solutions to amplify, educate and elevate the experience of its client sports teams, venues, events, and brands. Infinite Scale has provided total brand integration services to more than 130 global venues, counting many of the sports and entertainment industry’s marquee events, including the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, five Super Bowls, all eight College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championships and the NHL Winter Classic; and leagues including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, NASCAR and more as clients. Infinite Scale’s proficiencies in venue brand strategy, including naming rights and team branding, event branded experiences, dynamic sponsor integration and more, have earned the firm a front row seat as the sports design consultancy of choice for industry-leading venue projects; including Allegiant Stadium, Levi’s® Stadium, Target Field, Chase Center, Little Caesars Arena and Daytona International Raceway. Founded and headquartered proudly in Salt Lake City by partners Amy Lukas, Molly Mazzolini and Cameron Smith, Infinite Scale was acquired by best-in-class sports and entertainment consulting firm, Elevate Sports Ventures in May 2021. For more information, visit: infinitescale.com and follow on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn