- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah State Fairpark officials are asking lawmakers to approve legislation to allow an 8,000-seat minor league soccer stadium to be built on the property by Real Salt Lake.

The Salt Lake Tribune (https://bit.ly/1EUOZmM) reports that nonprofit Fairpark made its case during a Friday budget committee meeting. Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen announced this week he would cover the costs of the $18 million stadium.

Fairpark needs to get legislative approval to bypass a request for proposals from other parties interested in the site.

Real Salt Lake hopes to open the stadium by 2016 for use by a USL Pro league team, one level below Major League Soccer.

Fairpark’s lease with the state expires in 2017, so the nonprofit wants a 40-year extension.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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