Bonney Field in Sacramento, CA, will be put to the test once it opens with an opening night match between the hometown Sacramento Republic FC and Colorado Rapids Reserves before hosting the USA Eagles and Canada in the biggest North American rugby rivalry a night later.
Information on the event is detailed in an article on the USA Ruby website.
The stadium, scheduled to seat more than 8,000 spectators, began construction on the Cal Expo grounds in March and is scheduled for completion prior to the June 20 opener and the June 21 match between the Eagles and Canada.
Though the facility is still under construction, 3,500-plus tickets have already been sold for the Eagles’ final Summer Series test, the first international rugby match to be held in northern California since 2009.
“Sacramento is a very passionate sports town with a strong fan base for the Kings, River Cats, and now Republic FC,” Eagle Blaine Scully said. “Playing in the newly-constructed Sacramento Republic stadium will be a great platform to expose Sacramento to international and professional rugby players competing at the highest level.
“With so many Eagles from northern California, it is a good opportunity for us to put in a good performance against a strong Canadian team. Having only played in my hometown once before, I am personally looking forward to it.”
“It’s good to see the market respond to the match being played in Sacramento,” USA Rugby Events Director Jen Gray said. “The city and rugby community were adamant about hosting a rugby match and they’ve shown over the course of the past few months why they deserves to host a game of this caliber.”