The Monterey Bay FC stadium groundbreaking is in the books, as the USL Championship team embarks on a renovation of Cardinale Stadium on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay.
The former Freeman Field benefits from a naming-rights deal with Cardinale Auto Group. A synthetic turf field will be installed as part of the $11 million renovation process, and seating when all is said and done is expected to be around 6,000. Former San Jose Earthquake head coach Frank Yallop will lead soccer operations for the expansion team.
The signature feature of the new stadium: a large beer garden with brews from local brewery Alvarado Street Brewery.
“Beer and soccer have long been a common thread that brings people together of all backgrounds and walks of life,” Monterey Bay FC owner and Chairman Ray Beshoff said via press release. “We couldn’t be more honored to partner with Alvarado Street Brewery, who has become so much more than just a local brewery. They are part of the fabric of this region, just as we hope to be, by creating a place for all to gather, and celebrate what makes the Monterey region our home.”