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Sockers Break Ground on New Arena in Oceanside

May 20, 2021 - Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) - San Diego Sockers News Release


OCEANSIDE, CA--The San Diego Sockers, in partnership with Sudberry Properties and a privateownership group, today broke ground on a new arena, to be built in the El Corazón area inOceanside. The project, previously approved by the Oceanside City Council, became official ina groundbreaking ceremony attended by Oceanside mayor Esther C. Sanchez and city officials,as well as industrial building partners Watkins Landmark Construction and Icon ArchitecturalGroup. Sockers players past and present joined the crowd to celebrate a new home for the club,projected for completion in time for the 2023 season opener.

"This day has been a long time coming, and we're humbled it is here," said Sockers owner PhilSalvagio, who has driven the project from concept to execution, "Many people have worked toget us to this day, and we are excited to get shovels in the ground and start building."The 170,000 square foot arena, which will host 6,367 fans for sporting events and up to 8,000 forconcerts, will include a full-service restaurant, bars and concessions, a plaza area, and tenluxury suites. Operating under the working title of "Califino Arena", in honor of Sockers owner PhilSalvagio's tequila company, the arena's naming rights will be sold as part of the process ofcompletion.

The Sockers partnered with Sudberry Properties to bring the arena project to life, and proudlyselected Watkins Landmark Construction as their building partner. Icon Architectural Groupdesigned the arena, and created the renderings shown around the groundbreaking site.

The new arena is expected to be the home of far more than just the Sockers upon opening, withownership soliciting other professional leagues and sports to make "Califino Arena" their home,as well as concerts, youth sports, events and more.The Sockers, winners of the Ron Newman Cup and the 2021 MASL championship, are negotiatingwith Pechanga Arena San Diego with the intent of remaining as a tenant there until "CalifinoArena" is completed. The 2021-22 MASL season will begin in the winter, with official openingdates soon to be announced.

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