FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – The clock is ticking for Fresno Football Club’s survivability. The local team says it is working to secure its future for 2020 and beyond, but it needs its own stadium to do so.
Rules set by the USL, or United Soccer League, stipulate that by 2020 all USL clubs have to be owners or primary tenants of soccer-specific stadiums. Fresno Football Club currently shares Chukchansi Park with the Fresno Grizzlies.
The issue came to light following an article in The Athletic.
In a statement sent Wednesday, General Manager Frank Yallop says that it is imperative to the team’s survival that it secures a soccer-specific stadium.
“As it stands today, the unfavorable economic realities of our Chukchansi Park lease agreement, as well as the lack of progress – and political support – we’ve seen in finding a proper site in the City of Fresno, have given us serious cause for concern. We’re working non-stop, every single day to find a solution, but until that solution is found, we hope the focus can stay fixed on our fight to win a USL Championship.”Fresno FC General Manager Frank Yallop