SF Deltas Secure Kezar Stadium, Agree to Invest in Facility

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by JAKE NUTTING

The NASL hopeful San Francisco Deltas have won the approval they were seeking to call Kezar Stadium their first home venue.

The organization received unanimous approval from the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission for their request to use the historic venue starting in 2017.

According to a report from the San Francisco Examiner, the permit to use Kezar Stadium is for five years and the club has agreed to invest at least $460,000 on improvements to the facility as part of the deal. The report also states that the permit will cost the franchise $30,000 a year.

Local opposition raised concerns over the professional team moving in, mostly due to the potential of alcohol sales at home matches. A report from from ABC 7 News in San Francisco claimed that the permit that was approved on Thursday included permission for alcohol sales.

In the face of critics to the proposal, the club had a strong show of support at today’s vote. Supporters of the startup showed up in large numbers, sporting Deltas branded merchandise.

The Deltas are expected to be the next expansion announcement from the NASL. The club has scheduled a launch event for fans on April 2nd; the same night that the 2016 NASL season is set to kick off.

Opened in 1925, Kezar Stadium was once the home of the San Francisco 49ers from 1946-1970. It was also the home base for the the San Francisco Golden Gate Gales of the United Soccer Association in 1960s and most recently hosted the Bay Area Breeze of the W-League.

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  • Tommi

    Good news for NASL West Coast expansion as the San Francisco group secure’s its deal for 10K Kezar Stadium. Expect 2-3 new NASL clubs on the West Coast for 2017 including the SF Deltas.

  • Arsenal10023

    Who is the ownership group behind this team? Why the mystery?

  • smurf040

    Hopefully the NASL won’t allow anymore poaching from MLS!! Can anyone advice if there’s a way NASL can hold on to their successful franchises? losing MUFC is going to hurt the league. I’am not a MUFC fan but they are a fun attractive team to watch play.

    • slowleftarm

      Haven’t you been listening to William and opencupfan? NASL is full of “independent” soccer clubs so they can leave whenever they like. Who wouldn’t leave NASL for MLS if they had the chance?