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Stadium Art Trend Continues With Sacramento Republic FC Bid

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento's Golden1 Center is home to an 18-foot-tall multi-colored, mirror-polished sculpture called "Coloring Book # (Number) 4".

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Republic FC is one of the finalists to join Major League Soccer when the league expands. The club would build a new stadium if selected.

In September, it opened a design competition to the public and held a dozen workshops. Art is one of four key components designers have been asked to consider.

Jose Di Gregorio is a Sacramento-area artist and supports the idea. He says he has seen more art in more new stadiums.

"I know Hard Rock Stadium has pretty significant mural work done by some of the more renowned artists in the world. So, it's not unprecedented. But, that said, I think it's really nice to see the increase in the cultural value."

Art enthusiasts like Jesse and Marilyn Kermit want to see something with an intelligent design.

"I hate to go negative here, but, what is it, at the Safeway, the stallion, the giant silver horse? Not so much," says Jesse.

"They could do a bear," says Marilyn.

"They could do a bear, but it's got to be a lot more clever."

Besides art, the team has also highlighted activities for kids, farm to fork, and the group of fans known as the Tower Bridge Battalion as things to consider when designing a new stadium.

The winner of the design competition will be announced Tuesday, November 7.

MLS is expected to select two expansion clubs to join the league in December.

If the team is selected for expansion, the new stadium would be scheduled to be ready for play by 2020.

Art at the Golden 1 Center cost $9 million, $8 million of which went to a metallic Jeff Koons "Coloring Book" statue.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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