Representatives from PRO Rugby, Spectra [the owner of Bonney Field] and Cal Expo announced Tuesday that a partnership has been developed to bring professional rugby to Sacramento.
PRO Rugby says Sacramento is one of six cities where the fledgling league will have teams.
The organization says a contest will be held to create a name for the Sacramento team, which has a two-year deal to play at Bonney Field at Cal Expo.
The club is expected to start play next April.
The inaugural PRO Rugby season will include 10 games from April to July. Additional venues will be announced later this week for the other PRO Rugby league teams.
"We are excited to launch PRO Rugby in Sacramento and five other cities around the United States," said PRO Rugby CEO, Douglas Schoninger. "Sacramento’s support of USA and international rugby games during the California State Fair proved that there is strong demand for professional competition in the Sacramento region. We look forward to connecting fans with this new team and the league."
PRO Rugby is sanctioned by USA Rugby and World Rugby in an effort to showcase the talents and skills of American players.
"The launch of PRO Rugby in Sacramento is a logical progression that builds on the success of the international rugby matches that have already occurred at Cal Expo," said Rick Pickering, Cal Expo CEO.
Bonney Field has a capacity of approximately 11,000.