On Nov. 9th approximately 20 members of Real Salt Lake’s first official supporter’s club, the Loyalists, met with Trey Fitz-Gerald, the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications for RSL. He discussed upcoming events and decisions about the team and answered Loyalists’ questions for about 45 minutes. Here is a summary of what he discussed. For the complete article, please go to www.TheLoyalists.com where the article will be available soon. There is not much new information about the planned stadium. Fitz-Gerald stated that there are several possible sites in downtown Salt Lake, and Murray City has been aggressively pursuing possibilities for their city as well. The Murray site has a lot of infrastructure that would be a benefit to the stadium, such as nearby public transportation. The expected date for the new stadium to be completed is still April 2007. There are still discussions going on with local politicians, land owners, etc. Some have speculated that Jon Huntsman, the governor-elect of Utah, may be a valuable asset to the stadium plans, considering his close ties to Dave Checketts. In the meantime, says Fitz-Gerald, the relationship with Rice-Eccles stadium is a very positive one. Although most football coaches have a lot of power over what happens in the stadiums throughout the country, those in charge at RES recognize the value that RSL brings them. They recognize that some of the best soccer events in the country will be happening at RES, including possibly a U.S. Men’s National Team game. Those at RES and RSL have been going over numerous options for making the field more soccer-friendly despite the football lines. The football lines are sewn into the turf, but they have been researching some possibilities of “greening the lines out.” So far, they haven’t had much success, though. If no good solution can be found, fans may have to settle for the lines until the soccer-specific stadium is built.