River District May Benefit From Soccer Stadium

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The neighborhood just north of the Sacramento rail yard development may benefit from a proposed Major League Soccer stadium.

The rail yard site is just a couple of blocks from what's known as the River District, a redevelopment area years in the making.

The industrial and commercial area surrounding Richards Boulevard bounded by the American River to the north is trying to reinvent itself as an eclectic neighborhood that includes retail and residential projects.

The proposed stadium is one light rail stop from the massive Township 9 project which will begin selling condominiums early next year.

"We're extremely excited to hear about investment with major league soccer coming to Sacramento," said Patty Kleinknecht, executive director of The River District.

It sponsored a reception with elected officials and business leaders to tout the potential of the area.

A big selling point is the proximity of the area to Sacramento's major freeways and the Amtrak station. Township 9 has it's own light rail station that connects to the new downtown sports and entertainment arena and the proposed soccer stadium which will hold 18,000 spectators.

In addition, there are plans to extend the line to the Sacramento International Airport. District leaders hop a new soccer stadium will kick start more retail development that will serve residents and hopefully soccer fans and others who will go to events at the stadium.