Sacramento Republic FC announced Wednesday they will be hosting two upcoming NCAA College Cups — the 2024 Men’s edition and the 2025 Women’s competition.
College Cup is the annual “Final Four” event of the Div. I NCAA season, with the top contenders in the bracket meeting up to play the final games of the season and crown a national champion.
Notably, the tournament will take place at Sac Republic’s future stadium, located at the Railyards and set to hold somewhere above 20,000 when it is complete. The club says construction on the stadium will begin in earnest in the coming months.
“This has always been about building a better Sacramento through the beautiful game,” said Sacramento Republic FC President and COO Ben Gumpert in a team statement. “We’re excited to welcome the NCAA, student-athletes and their families, and soccer fans from around the country to our indomitable city. Today’s announcement is just the beginning of our vision to create an active and open stadium for the entire region to enjoy.”
“The Railyards Stadium and community investment by Republic FC is already beginning to create returns for Sacramento,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “Hosting the College Cup will showcase our wonderful city to new audiences and create new economic activity.”
The defending champion in men’s Div. I soccer is Georgetown, and the defending champ in women’s Div. I soccer is Stanford. Obviously Sac Republic has a Stanford contingent of its own, with Drew Skundrich, Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Sam Werner all won three NCAA titles in a row from 2015-17.
So these will be interesting events for Sacramento. In addition to being the showpiece events of the NCAA season, they also serve as events for movers and shakers in the pro game, too, with coaches and scouts coming out to watch the games and get some ideas for their draft boards, in MLS and NWSL alike. So Sacramento will be a center of the American soccer universe for a couple weekends in 2024 and 2025.
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