Real Salt Lake founder Dave Checketts announced on Thursday that the club, Rio Tinto Stadium, and ESPN700 Sports Talk Radio are now the property of Dell Loy Hansen, formerly the club’s minority owner. Checketts and Hansen, along with Salt Lake City’s mayor Tom Dolan, Utah governor Gary Herbert, and Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber were part of the press conference announcing the change in ownership.
“The last eight years have been a labor of love,” Checketts said in a press statement. “When we started I made a promise to build something of meaning; something that people in my home state of Utah could be proud of. Real Salt Lake has become much more than a soccer team, and Rio Tinto Stadium much more than a venue. Each has become integrally woven into the fabric of this community and become beloved assets to the people here. It is a legacy that I will forever take pride in, and I am happy to leave it in local hands. I know that Dell Loy will be a tremendous caretaker for the Team, the Stadium and all that both represent.”
For his part, new owner Hansen called the move a “chance to further deepen my participation in the growth of professional soccer in North America is incredibly exciting. My enthusiasm for this sport started long ago with my family, and now I am proud that our investment now includes the entire Real Salt Lake family – starting with our incredible fan base – as we work together representing the great State of Utah.”