SACRAMENTO, Saturday was a big night for Sacramento Republic Football Club and fans as the club recorded its second sellout in three home games played at Hughes Stadium this season.
A sea 20,231 loud and proud fans, packed into Hughes Stadium to watch the Republic take on LA Galaxy II, the reserve team for Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy.
Many say the momentum is growing for soccer in Sacramento.
"People are talking about it; people are coming. A lot of people couldn't get tickets tonight. We heard that," said Warren Smith, President of Sacramento Republic FC.
With a new soccer stadium to be built at Cal Expo, a temporary facility that will seat 8000, fans like Gloria Lawson-Riddle are hopeful.
"I'm very excited. Lots I've been waiting for a long time to have a perfect venue," said Lawson-Riddle.
With several Sac Republic FC home games sold out so far, Beverly Lackman said, "I think that we'll show the entire country we can handle a professional team."
Fans hope strong ticket sales will convince Major Soccer League to locate a franchise to Sacramento.
"To have a near-pro team, and hopefully, eventually a pro team here is very exciting," said Michael Holbron, a fan. "I hope they continue to support it and it continues to grow."
This was the third but not final home game at Hughes Stadium. There will be one more June 7, before the Republic moves to the new Bonney Stadium at Cal Expo.