On Friday, Bay FC, the new Bay Area-based team that will join the National Women’s Soccer League in 2024, announced that they will call PayPal Park their initial home stadium. The Equalizer sat down with CEO Brady Stewart to talk about the choice and what the future is for the Bay Area franchise.
“Our vision and goal is to bring some of the best players in the world to play on Bay FC and we wanted to make sure that we are creating an equally world-class playing environment for the team,” said Stewart of the decision to go with PayPal over other options in the Bay Area. “We wanted an environment that is energetic and exciting for the fans. And when we looked around and explored our options, we thought PayPal was the perfect place to play.”
For Bay FC, the current lease with PayPal lasts for five years, but they are still looking even further in the future. Stewart spoke of the long-term plan: “We are also looking for what is the permanent home of the team.” “Our goal is to build not just a stadium, but also a state-of-the-art training facility that becomes a global mecca for soccer. That’s our next priority, is getting that state-of-the-art training facility chosen and start building that out and then we’ll work on the stadium.”
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