Energy FC signs Taft Stadium lease extension; 2023 USL return expected

After agreeing to a Taft Stadium lease extension with the Oklahoma City Public Schools, it’s expected OKC Energy FC will return to USL Championship play for the 2023 season.

Taft Stadium has been Energy FC’s home grounds for the past eight seasons before suspending operations for the 2022 season. Given as prime reason at the time for the suspension: improvements to Taft Stadium, including a new synthetic turf and new LED lighting.

With that work completed and the Taft Stadium lease extension completed, the team seems poised for USL Championship play in 2023.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Oklahoma City Public Schools and continue playing at Taft Stadium,” said Energy FC COO Jeff Kretchmar via press release. “The history of this stadium and its impact on the community are undeniable and Energy FC is very proud to be part of both.”

Opened in 1934, Taft Stadium has been a fixture in sports in Oklahoma City, hosting state football and soccer finals and even auto racing in the past. 

Photo of Taft Stadium courtesy Visit OKC.

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