Less than a month after the San Francisco Deltas folded after winning the NASL championship in their first and only season, plans were unveiled for another Division II team in the Bay Area.
Investor Mark Hall
acquired the rights for a USL franchise in the East Bay area. He wants to build a 15,000-seat soccer-specific stadium to house the new team, which he hopes to
launch by 2021. Plans for another USL team in the Bay Area -- San Francisco FC -- collapsed this summer as the group backed by Zappos.com founder Nick Swinmurn
failed to find a suitable home
for the team.
A competitive sports market with two MLB and NFL teams and the NBA champion Warriors, many outdoor activities and the high cost of real estate make the Bay Area a tough
sports market to break into. Hall views the impending move of the Warriors and NFL Raiders out of Oakland as creating a new opportunity for soccer in the East Bay.
“We see a unique
opportunity to fill a professional sports void created from the loss of the Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors to venues outside of the East Bay," Hall said. "We intend to fill that void
with soccer, which we see as the up-and-coming sport of the future, both in our region and the nation. A well-conceived stadium complex can be a game-changing economic generator for the right area,
and we hope there will be a community that will find an integrated stadium, hotel and conference facility to be an attractive anchor, which will generate jobs and economic vibrancy."
Hall is building a $45 million sports mall in Walnut Creek, one of the largest privately financed indoor youth sports complexes in the United States. The Shadelands facility will serve as the home
for sports training programs in various youth sports.