It's an exciting time to be a soccer fan in Utah. Not only is Real Salt Lake's season underway in the MLS, but the state's first women's professional soccer team is kicking off its inaugural season. The Utah Royals FC (URFC) of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) will play their first-ever home game on Saturday, April 14 at Rio Tinto Stadium against the Chicago Red Stars.
Although the game is officially sold out, there are a limited number of standing-room tickets available. And fans will want to snatch those up too, as the team has just announced a special free concert and National Anthem performance from "Fight Song" singer Rachel Platten. Get single game and URFC season tickets by clicking here.
Platten--who released her fourth studio album Waves in October--will perform the National Anthem before the game, while her show will take place in the southern section of the field approximately 20-30 minutes after the final whistle. Fans will be able to take their blankets and quilts onto the field for the family-friendly concert, although the team is asking fans with a clear sight line of the stage to remain in their seats. For more information on the concert, click here.
While Platten's performance no doubt sweetens the pot, the Royals--who replaced FC Kansas City during the NWSL offseason--have already been feeling the love from their fans and community. The team is unbeaten in its first two matches, tying the Orlando Pride 1-1 in the season opener on March 24 and playing the Houston Dash to a scoreless draw on March 30.
With Platten performing and a full house of of fans, URFC should have plenty of momentum as they try to record their first win of the year. Follow this link to buy single game tickets for the Royals' inaugural season, including their home opener on April 14.