David Blitzer & Smith Amusement Group to acquire Real Salt Lake

Blitzer and SEG become the third ownership team in club historical past, acquiring groups and linked attributes from Dell Loy Hansen (2013-21), just after the club was established and owned by Dave Checketts (2004-13).

The acquisition by Blitzer and Smith involves Serious Salt Lake (MLS), Genuine Monarchs (MLS Upcoming Professional), Rio Tinto Stadium and all related soccer belongings in both equally Sandy and Herriman, including the Zions Lender Schooling Middle and Zions Financial institution Stadium. Blitzer and Smith also receive possession of the RSL Academy and its neighborhood and regional youth affiliate marketers.

“My family and I are thrilled to associate with Ryan Smith and his SEG crew on the acquisition of Actual Salt Lake,” mentioned Blitzer. “Ryan’s keep track of report with Qualtrics as a technological know-how innovator and chief in the state of Utah made his SEG team the great partner. Jointly, we appear ahead to leveraging our experiences to choose Authentic Salt Lake to even larger heights.

“Real Salt Lake is a entire world-class club with an astounding fanbase, strong infrastructure and a longstanding commitment to the Utah group. We will function to construct on the legacy and tradition of Authentic Salt Lake by investing not only in the group and its services, but also in the communities our team serves. We have the possibility to use True Salt Lake’s exceptional system to push favourable adjust on the pitch, in the area local community and throughout Utah. We are psyched and honored to be a section of what the foreseeable future holds.”

“My spouse Ashley and I are 100% dedicated to the State of Utah. As my partners and I looked to broaden SEG, it was clear that Authentic Salt Lake is an amazing asset for Utah, exemplifies the way we want to make investments and be included here, and David Blitzer is the great partner,” reported Smith. “David has planet-class soccer expertise, is a human being of integrity, and has a powerful commitment to elevate the companies and communities he is invested in. There is an incredible soccer local community here in Utah from youth and outreach programs to the passionate RSL supporters and enthusiasts. We seem forward to continuing to operate with the location and condition to do massive issues with qualified sports activities.”

In addition to Blitzer and SEG, Arctos Sporting activities Partners, the initially institutional trader centered exclusively on having minority stakes in qualified sporting activities franchises and leagues, joins the Authentic Salt Lake ownership team as a constrained lover. To day, Arctos has made a lot more than 20 investments throughout the massive 5 North American Leagues and European Soccer leagues due to the fact its founding in 2019.

Subsequent the MLS SuperDraft introduced by adidas on Jan. 11, Actual Salt Lake gamers report to preseason training Jan. 16 at the Zions Lender Teaching Center. The club returns to standard-period action on Feb. 27 to kick off the 2022 campaign at Houston Dynamo FC.

The next weekend, on Saturday, Mar. 5, the Claret-and-Cobalt return to Rio Tinto Stadium to host Seattle Sounders FC for the home opener. In 2021, Authentic Salt Lake experienced a 9-4-4 residence history, established a new club mark for most consecutive residence wins (seven), and superior to the Western Conference Ultimate. They’re moving into their to start with total time beneath head coach Pablo Mastroeni.

By Indana