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Real Salt Lake get a new home for practices

Today Real Salt Lake broke ground on America First Field, which will become their new practice facility in 2012. Here is the info provided by the RSL Communications team:

Coming in 2012, Real Salt Lake will have a new practice field less than a mile from Rio Tinto Stadium, with the 110,000 square-foot area laser-graded to within a ¼ inch - just like the team's gameday playing surface - and seeded with the exact same turf mixture that currently occupies the team's 2 1/2 -year old venue ...

Rio Tinto Stadium is where the 2009 MLS Cup Champions and 2011 CONCACAF Champions League Finalist have posted a 33-3-11 mark across MLS regular-season, MLS Cup Playoff, CONCACAF and exhibition play, outscoring opponents 96-26 on aggregate ...

After a three-month process to prepare the site, grass seed will be laid down on the land currently owned by America First Credit Union - a local partner of Real Salt Lake since the team's inception in 2005 - and leased to RSL for at least the next 5 years ... Pending weather this Fall and Winter, RSL is hopeful to begin utilizing the field full-time for its first-team training sessions in Spring/Summer 2012 ...

after the jump a couple looks at what the new facility will look like and some additional info:

Here is one look at the new facility:


And here is another look a the facility:


This facility will be used exclusively for Real Salt Lake practices, and perhaps for RSL reserve matches. When this new facility opens up, RSL will continue their policy of practice sessions being open for fans to watch. That is something that I really love about RSL and most of the times I have gone out to cover a practice you see one or two fans showing up as well. This of course is a privilege that we can't abuse, but I love that RSL is looking to keep practices open.