Phoenix, Arizona

TV Market: Nielsen DMA #12
Team: Phoenix Rising FC – USL (formerly Arizona United FC)
Venue: A proposed privately funded, climate-controlled stadium on a 45 acre site in S. Scottsdale
Money: Ownership group led by Burke Bakay, (Kona Grill and Phoenix Rising FC)
Summary: Phoenix announced its bid less than a week before the application deadline. Phoenix is late to the game, but its large market size, Southwestern location, and privately funded stadium will be attractive to the MLS expansion committee. The Phoenix application was submitted on time on January 31st.
Recent News & Resources: 

  • 1/26 – Phoenix enters MLS expansion race. [Phoenix Business Journal]
  • 1/31 Phoenix ownership group submits MLS application. [KPNX 12]
  • 2/6 –  A detailed article explores the Phoenix bid and cites a journalist who calls it a “longshot” due to the competition and uncertainty in the Phoenix sports market. [Phoenix New Times]
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