In 2004 it was announced Major League Soccer would be coming to Utah, giving the state its second major league professional team. By the end of the year, Real Salt Lake was born.
In 2005 the Club played its first ever season, including the first ever MLS match in the state of Utah, a 1-0 win for the Claret-and–Cobalt against the Colorado Rapids at Rice-Eccles Stadium, with the lone goal courtesy of Brian Dunseth.
However, it was in 2008 that the Club found its permanent home in Sandy, Utah.
The stadium became Major League Soccer’s fifth ever stadium built exclusively for soccer and it instantly became one of the most iconic venues in the league.
The Wasatch Mountain Range paints one of the most picturesque backdrops in world soccer while the fans who fill America First Field every RSL matchday have helped give the Club the best home record in MLS since the stadium was built.
In the first 14 years of its existence, the park below the peaks has hosted sporting events such as U.S Mens and Women’s National team games, CONCACAF Champions League games, World Cup qualifying games, the 2009 MLS All Star game, the 2013 Gold Cup, international soccer tournaments, and numerous home MLS playoff games.
Since its inception, America First Field has established itself as not only one of Utah’s premier sporting venues but entertainment venues as well. Through the years the stadium has played host to concerts for The Eagles, Paul McCartney, KISS and Journey, as well as plenty of community events, weddings, corporate getaways and more.
As Real Salt Lake enters this next era with new ownership, the future is only getting brighter. The Club set both attendance and consecutive sell-out records in 2022, which paired with new stadium renovations, have made America First Field come alive like never before.
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