Chandler will be New Home To Phoenix Rising FC
Chandler residents will soon be just a stone’s throw away from the new home of Arizona’s highest-level professional soccer team. Phoenix Rising FC has recently announced plans to relocate its stadium and professional training facilities from south Scottsdale to Wild Horse Pass within the Gila River Indian Community. “The move will immediately increase seating capacity at the stadium, improve VIP luxury suites, speed entry and exit from the stadium complex, and add additional training fields” announced the team.
Located just south of Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Wild Horse Pass near the junction of the I-10 and 202 south freeways, the new stadium complex will feature multiple paved roads for quick entry and exit, a paved VIP parking lot, and permanent bathrooms for fans. It’s anticipated that the new training facility and stadium will be completed before the start of the 2021 USL Championship season projected to begin on or around May 1st. “The Gila River Indian Community has a history of successful partnerships with many professional and collegiate sports teams in the Valley,” said Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Lewis. “We are very much looking forward to having Phoenix Rising be the first to play its games within our community.”
“As one of the most successful professional soccer teams in North America playing in the USL Championship, Phoenix Rising needs to accommodate its growing fan base with a larger stadium, welcome visiting teams from around the world with more training sites for its expanding spring training professional soccer tournament, and provide for its thriving non-profit youth soccer organization with more fields,” said Jordan Rose, president of Rose Law Group. The Wild Horse Pass Development Authority is an enterprise of the Gila River Indian Community and oversees the development and management of Wild Horse Pass, including a 3,300-acre master-planned commercial development with retail, restaurants, resort, and recreation, indoor/outdoor entertainment, and office.
The Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) traces its roots to the Hohokam, prehistoric Indians who lived and farmed along the Gila River Basin centuries ago. The 372,000-acre reservation is situated south of Phoenix, Tempe, and Chandler and is steadily increasing and diversifying its industrial, agricultural, retail, and recreational economic base. The community currently operates three industrial parks, home to several local and national companies. One of the parks - Lone Butte Industrial Park - is considered to be one of the most successful Indian industrial parks in the U.S.
Gaming also continues to be a positive economic development activity for the community. Wild Horse Pass and Vee Quiva are the two facilities that comprise the Gila River Casinos. Located just south of Chandler, Wild Horse Pass features 500 slot machines, a 1,000 seat bingo hall, live poker, as well as dining and entertainment. Vee Quiva, located on the west side of Phoenix, features nearly 300 slot machines, bingo, and dining areas. In total, the Gila River Casinos employ nearly 1,700 employees, and all revenues generated from each facility are put back into the community. Gaming revenues have proven an effective way to help bolster their economy and improve the infrastructure and programs within their community.
Outdoor activities operated by the community include the Koli Equestrian Center with miles of breathtaking scenery and the Toka Sticks Golf Club, owned by the community and designed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1950s as a recreational facility for personnel stationed at Williams Air Force Base. The Golf Club is located adjacent to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa. The community’s HuHugam Heritage Center focuses on the cultural heritage of the Pee Posh (Maricopa) and Akimel O’otham (Pima) tribes. The center features exhibitions of masterworks in jewelry, pottery, basketry from artists and artisans of the Gila River Indian Community. In keeping with the traditions of indigenous architecture, the building is oriented to the east, while the lower floors rising upward from beneath the desert floor root the complex to the land and gesture toward the soaring skies above.
In addition to emphasizing industry, business, and recreational opportunities, the Gila Indian Community depends upon agriculture to continue to grow its economy. 15,000 acres of community farms support a variety of crops including cotton, wheat, millet, alfalfa, barley, melons, pistachios, olives, citrus, and vegetables. Independent farming operations cultivate an additional 22,000 acres of similar crops, bringing the total agricultural production value to an excess of $25 million. Prior to selecting Wild Horse Pass in Chandler for its stadium and training facility expansion, Phoenix Rising spent the past four years discussing possible stadium locations with many local governments including Maricopa County, Mesa, Phoenix, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Scottsdale, and Tempe.
The Benefits of Living in Chandler, AZ
Chandler is conveniently located in Phoenix’s East Valley with a current population of nearly 1.2 million, projected to grow over 1.4 million by 2021. East Valley’s labor force of more than 750,000 comprises 42% of the total workforce in the entire metro-Phoenix area, making it a major employment hub. Communities in East Valley such as Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Ahwatukee boast some of the highest educational attainment levels in the country. More than 40 percent of the population has a college degree, with more than 25 percent holding a bachelor’s degree, and 15 percent holding a graduate degree. Additionally, the average cost of living in the East Valley is well below the national average and comparative business markets, and 46 percent lower than Los Angeles.
Once a quiet farm town, Chandler has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Quality services, a diverse assortment of activities and events, and a commitment to building strong neighborhoods is part of what makes Chandler one of the most desirable communities to live and raise a family in the Southwest. With a healthy job market, an educated workforce, an excellent school system, and a scenic location, it's easy to see why Chandler homes for sale are in demand and seldom last long on the market. The area's strong technology and excellent educational facilities provide the foundation for a comfortable lifestyle for individuals and families alike. The neighborhoods in Chandler are beautiful, many featuring golf course views and lakefront views along with picturesque views of the beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape.
Known as the ‘Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest,’’ Chandler offers a business environment and lifestyle that have made Chandler a destination of choice for industry leaders, exciting startups, and local businesses. Chandler's high-tech employment base attracts and retains high-quality employees, many of whom make Chandler their home. The largest employer in Chandler is Intel, with 2 campuses in the city. Other leading employers include Wells Fargo, Chandler Unified School District, Bank of America, Verizon Wireless, City of Chandler, Chandler Regional Medical Center (Dignity Health), PayPal, Orbital ATK, and Microchip Technology. A Phoenix East Valley suburb, Chandler residents can easily commute to nearby cities such as Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix. The Loop 202 can get you in downtown Phoenix and to the Sky Harbor International Airport within 25 minutes.
The community of Chandler is several by several excellent public school districts. You can also find charter schools and several institutions of higher learning within or in close proximity. Most of Chandler is served by the A-rated Chandler Unified School District (CUSD). The district serves more than 44,500 students (grades K-12) and encompasses 80 square miles, though not all of Chandler. West of the Loop 101 Freeway, is part of the highly-regarded Kyrene School District and Tempe Union High School District, and a small portion of Chandler near the Mesa border is served by Mesa Public Schools, the largest school district in Arizona.
There is always plenty to do in Chandler such as the many family events that take place around the city including concerts, festivals, parades, and more. Downtown Chandler is a vibrant, walkable destination brimming with activity. The area includes eclectic art galleries, quaint boutiques, a variety of restaurants and eateries, the Chandler Center for the Arts, and more. Downtown Chandler is also home to a variety of events such as a monthly Art Walk held the third Friday evening of each month and a weekly farmers market. Known for its fabulous shopping and dining destinations, Chandler Fashion Center is one of Chandler’s most popular shopping destinations. The second-largest mall in Arizona, the mall includes more than 185 brand-name stores and an outdoor entertainment pavilion with a free seasonal concert series. Chandler’s exciting culinary scene reflects its cosmopolitan flair with local flavors, ethnic specialties, and national and regional chains.
The city of Chandler is committed to providing meaningful recreational activity for its community and known for its excellent park system and aquatic and recreation facilities. Chandler has one regional park, Tumbleweed Park, along with eleven community parks, 54 neighborhood parks, and 23 special-use parks and facilities. Whether you’re looking for tennis lessons for the entire family, free community events, environmentally-friendly programs, or classes for adults and seniors, Chandler has something for every age-group. Chandler has several outstanding options for golfers, including a wide variety of courses and plenty of tee times to fit your schedule. Golf enthusiasts have their pick among some of the best courses in the valley such as San Marcos Golf Resort, Ocotillo Golf Club, Springfield Golf Resort, Sunbird Golf Club, Lone Tree Golf Club, and Ironwood Golf Club along with over 200 additional golf courses within the surrounding Phoenix metro area.
Chandler experiences a steady influx of new residents each year in search of high-paying jobs and affordable, quality living. Over the past several years, Chandler has experienced a strong seller’s market with more buyers than available homes. The current median home value in Chandler is $376,016 (seasonally adjusted and only includes the middle price tier of homes), and real estate industry experts predict that Chandler home values will go up 11.5% in the next year. Now is a perfect time to purchase Chandler real estate while homes are still affordable. The current median price for homes for sale in Chandler is $379,500, many of which get multiple offers, some with waived contingencies, and go pending within 21 days.
Whether you’re interested in patio homes on the city’s many golf courses, single-family homes that offer families room to grow, or custom waterfront properties with fabulous views, Chandler homes for sale accommodate every lifestyle. Buyers will need to enlist the services of a qualified agent who can help them navigate the market and secure an offer. Cathy Carter is a highly-rated Chandler REALTOR® with over 25 years of local experience. Intimately familiar with Chandler and the surrounding East Valley communities, Cathy would love to help you explore your options and find your dream home. Get the process started today by contacting Cathy directly at 480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here.
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