Arkansas is adding a professional sports team to the mix! Earlier this year, an exclusive partnership between the United Soccer League and the United Soccer League Arkansas was announced in a move towards bringing professional soccer to Arkansas. A professional men’s and women’s soccer team will soon be calling Northwest Arkansas home.
The USL Arkansas has announced a 5,000 seat stadium will be built in Rogers, Arkansas near the Pinnacle Hills Entertainment District. The estimated $15-million dollar stadium will be located at the corner of Lazy L Street and Bellview Rd on the east side of I-49 in Rogers. The area will be multi-purpose hosting many large-scale events. Some of the amenities of the area include, a “safe-standing” section directly behind the north-end goal, a diverse range of accessible seating, & seating as close to the pitch as possible. The area is expected to be complete in early 2026.
About the USL:
The USL is the largest and fastest-growing professional soccer organization in North America. There are 3 men’s leagues- USL Championship, USL League One, and USL League Two, and 2 women’s leagues- USL Super League and USL W League. The USL Arkansas men’s team will compete in the USL Championship league and the women will compete in the USL Super League. While the men’s USL Championship league is established with 24 competing teams, the women’s USL Super League will have its inaugural season in the fall of 2024.
The announcement of Arkansas’ first professional sports team is exciting, but it’s even more exciting that we get to host it here in Northwest Arkansas. The economic impact this arena & league will have on Northwest Arkansas is expected to be between $50 million to $200 million annually (according to an independent analysis provided by the USL). The USL Arkansas is currently calling for the community’s input on a name for the men’s & women’s teams. They have also requested feedback on what the community wants to see from the club. You can cast your vote through the USL Arkansas’ “Name the Team” campaign here.