Real Salt Lake Overview

Fast facts

League: MLS

Head Coach: Pablo Mastroeni

Team Mascot: Leo the Lion

Year Opened: 2008

Capacity: 20213

City / State: Sandy / UT

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Rocky Mountain Cup

Rival Team: Colorado Rapids

The Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake compete each year for the Rocky Mountain Cup. The rivalry dates back to 2005 when Real Salt Lake entered Major League Soccer and has been going strong ever since. Each match between these two teams has extra bragging rights on the line, so don’t miss your chance to see the Real Salt Lake take on the Rapids.

Real Salt Lake vs LA Galaxy

Rival Team: LA Galaxy

The Galaxy and Real Salt Lake have met in the MLS Playoffs five times since 2009, so you better believe there is some bad blood between these two Western Conference rivals. There is always a lot at stake when the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake square off, so make sure to be in attendance when these two meet.

Real Salt Lake vs Sporting Kansas City

Rival Team: Sporting Kansas City

Over the years, Real Salt Lake has developed a fierce rivalry with Sporting Kansas City. The two teams even met in the 2013 MLS Cup Final, where Sporting defeated Real Salt Lake 7-6 on penalties. You’ll be in for a good match when Sporting comes to town, so don’t miss it.

Real Salt Lake Tailgate Guide

Atmosphere

Real Salt Lake City fans love to tailgate, and it shows based on how many options are available to you when attending an RSL match. You’ll find tons of space to tailgate around Rio Tinto making it the perfect place for you to come and set up your tailgate. Never fear though if the thought of putting your tailgate together sounds too daunting, there are plenty of tailgate parties join here in Salt Lake City.

Several of the RSL supporter groups throw tailgate bashes that you can join including Salt City United and the Rogue Cavaliers Brigade. Real Salt Lake also puts on their tailgating event called Carnival Real. Carnival Real features live music, games, and much more so all you have to do is join in the fun.

Finally, if you have group or season tickets and are looking for a place to eat before the game then make sure to reserve a spot at the America First Pavilion. The buffet opens two hours before kickoff and is all-you-can-eat, making it a great value for any hungry fan.

A Real Salt Lake tailgate offers something for everyone, so no matter what you’re looking to get out of your tailgating experience you’ll find it here.

Traditions

Salt City United Tailgate

If you want to tailgate with some diehard Real Salt Lake fans, then stop by the Salt City United Tailgate in the Northwest Supporters Parking Lot. Salt City United throws an incredible tailgate bash and afterward march into the stadium as a group. Join Salt City United for an excellent day of tailgating and cheering on the Royals.

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Rogue Cavaliers Brigade Tailgate

Another great supporter group to tailgate with is the Rogue Cavaliers Brigade. These fans can be found in the lot north of the stadium, so join the group for one of the best tailgate parties outside Rio Tinto.

Carnival Real

Carnival Real offers a wide variety of pregame entertainment options including games, live entertainment, giveaways, and much more. Stop by the East Lawn two hours before kickoff to check it out.

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Where to tailgate

Real Salt Lake Stadium Guide

In Game

Real Salt Lake’s recent success has helped them build a fan base all over the state and as a result, you’ll more than likely experience a sellout when attending a match at Rio Tinto Stadium. The sold out crowd is one of the things that makes attending an RSL match such a great experience as everyone in the crowd will be chanting throughout the game to show their support for the Royals. The supporter groups get especially loud, so if you’re looking to be a part of the most diehard sections, make sure to join one of them.

It’s not just the roar of the crowd that you’ll enjoy when attending an RSL match. Rio Tinto Stadium features plenty to see and do before kickoff. Not only will you be able to take part in Carnival Real where you can play games and see live music, the team shop and Utah Soccer Hall of Fame are also must-sees as well.

Lastly, despite being a relatively new team, Real Salt Lake already has some budding traditions including the Goal Gong. The Goal Gong is rung after every RSL goal and pumps up everyone in the stadium.

A Real Salt Lake match offers an excellent experience for anyone looking to take in a Major League Soccer game and is quickly becoming a Utah entertainment staple.

Things to check out

Utah Soccer Hall of Fame

Check out the Utah Soccer Hall of Fame at Rio Tinto to learn more about the best players and most important figures from the state. The Hall of Fame is a must-see for any soccer fan, so stop by and check it out.

Real Salt Lake Team Shop

Those of you who are looking for some Real Salt Lake gear will need to look no further than the team shop. Here you can find just about any RSL gear you could ever want, so give it a glance when attending a match at Rio Tinto.

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Mountains

Rio Tinto Stadium offers an excellent view of the nearby mountains, so enjoy the natural beauty surrounding when attending an RSL match.

Supporter Groups

Real Salt Lake has several supporter groups who give their all to support the Royals. The majority of the groups including Salt City United, Rogue Cavaliers Brigade, RioT Brigade, and La Barra Real can be found in Sections 9 and 10, but you’ll also find several groups sprinkled throughout the stadium. The supporter groups create an incredible atmosphere at RSL games, so join in the fun.

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Goal Gong

After every RSL goal, the Goal Gong is rung in celebration. Listen for the Goal Gong after every Real Salt Lake goal as you wouldn’t want to miss it.

Leonardo the Lion

Leonardo does a great job of pumping up the crowd before and during the match. Keep an eye out for Leonardo as you wouldn’t want to miss him during your trip to Salt Lake City.

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Real Salt Lake Bars & Restaurants

  1. Jim’s Family Restaurant

    Real Salt Lake Jims Family Restaurant

    Local chain serving breakfast & homestyle American entrees in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

    9236 Village Shop Dr, Sandy, UT 84094, USA

    801-553-8100

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Market Street Grill

    Real Salt Lake Market Street Grill

    Local chain serving oysters & other seafood dishes, plus burgers & steaks, in a classy atmosphere.

    10702 S River Front Pkwy, South Jordan, UT 84095, USA

    801-302-2262

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Gecko’s Mexican Grill

    Real Salt Lake Geckos Mexican Grill

    Family-friendly Mexican eatery decked out in tropical decor also offers free WiFi.

    781 10600 S, South Jordan, UT 84095, USA

    801-253-8668

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  4. Tin Roof Grill

    Real Salt Lake Tin Roof Grill

    Diverse eatery serving pizza, small plates & brunch along with beer & wine in a low-key atmosphere.

    9284 700 E, Sandy, UT 84070, USA

    801-566-5226

    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Tiburon

    Real Salt Lake Tiburon

    Herbs & vegetables are grown in-house at this urbane American bistro with a meat-heavy menu.

    8256 700 E, Sandy, UT 84070, USA

    801-255-1200

    Bar website

    american - $$$

  6. Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant

    Real Salt Lake Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant

    Familiar Mexican plates, margaritas & more are offered at this casual, kid-friendly chain.

    10585 State St, Sandy, UT 84070, USA

    801-572-7400

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  7. Pizzeria Limone

    Real Salt Lake Pizzeria Limone

    Local chain preparing a variety of Neapolitan-style pizzas plus salads in casual, smart surrounds.

    1380 Fort Union Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84047, USA

    801-733-9305

    Bar website

    pizza - $

  8. Crown Burgers

    Mug n Bun Burger The Mill of MacArthur Burger Fries

    Local fast-food chain serving signature pastrami-topped burgers, gyros & other Greek eats.

    9604 State St, Sandy, UT 84070, USA

    801-562-4444

    Bar website

    american - $

  9. The Philadelphian

    Real Lake City The Philadelphian

    No-frills, locally owned sandwich joint popular for its cheesesteaks, subs & fried sides.

    9860 700 E, Sandy, UT 84070, USA

    801-572-3663

    Bar website

    - $

  10. Salt City Burger Co

    JD Allisons Bar & Grill Burger JRs HOmetown Grill & Pub Burger The Dotte Spot Bar & Grill Burger Jewels Delux Restaurant Burger

    Old-timey eatery putting out charbroiled hamburgers with inventive toppings, plus shakes & malts.

    9176 Village Shop Dr, Sandy, UT 84094, USA

    801-495-4111

    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Goodwood BBQ

    Real Salt Lake Goodwood BBQ

    Outpost of a small, casual chain serving up a variety of pit-smoked BBQ, sandwiches & homey sides.

    133 E 12300 S, Draper, UT 84020, USA

    801-495-4840

    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  12. A Bar Named Sue

    Real Salt Lake A Bar Named Sue

    When you want a real bar in Salt Lake, featuring the best drinks and atmosphere, think Sue. A Bar Named Sue is the bar with a little something for anyone.

    3928 Highland Dr, Millcreek, UT 84124, USA

    801-274-5578

    Bar website

    american - $

  13. Mid City Pub & Grill

    Backyard Grill Beer Turfway Bar & Grill Beer The WingHouse of Daytona Speedway Beer The Golden Fleece Tavern Beer Darcys Restaurant & Bar Beer Hammers Sports Bar & Grill Beer MVPs sports Bar and Grille Beer Mtn Jax Beer Keg South of Homestead Beer Purple Turtle Beer The End Zone Pub Beer Gallaghers Bar and Lounge Beer

    Your neighborhood gastropub.

    7101 Bingham Jct Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047, USA

    801-566-0505

    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. Cheers to You

    Real Salt Lake Cheers to You

    Cavernous "Cheers"-style neighborhood tavern with sports on TV, pool tables, pinball & video games.

    315 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA

    801-575-6400

    Bar website

    american - $

  15. The Cliff Dining Pub

    Real Salt Lake The Cliff Dining Pub

    Spacious eatery serving elevated pub fare & sushi, plus live music & a patio overlooking the valley.

    12234 Draper Gate Dr, Draper, UT 84020, USA

    801-523-2053

    Bar website

    american - $$

  16. The Union

    Real Salt Lake Scofys Social Club

    The Union is great place where everyone is happy, friendly and the staff remembers your name

    7176 South 900 East, Midvale, UT 84047, USA

    801-938-4505

    Bar website

    american - $

  17. Topgolf

    Real Salt Lake Topgolf

    Sprawling entertainment venue with a high-tech driving range & swanky lounge with drinks & games.

    920 Jordan River Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047, USA

    801-208-2600

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  18. Leatherheads Sports Bar & Grill

    Real Salt Lake Leatherheads Sports Bar and Grill

    Leatherheads Sports Bar & Grill provides live broadcasting of sports events.

    12147 S State St, Draper, UT 84020, USA

    801-523-1888

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  19. Old Towne Tavern

    Real Salt Lake Old Towne Tavern

    Aims to please all of their customers with live music, karaoke, darts, and a wide selection of alcohol.

    7662 Main St, Midvale, UT 84047, USA

    801-566-3172

    Bar website

    european - $

  20. Bohemian Brewery

    Bohemian Brewery

    From old central-European lagering traditions, to newer brew styles, there's a Bohemian Lager Beer with your name on it.

    94 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047, USA

    801-566-5474

    Bar website

    european - $$

  21. The Pie Pizzeria

    Pie Pizzeria pizza

    The mixed aromas pick you up, swirling you past colorful murals and old brick walls dressed in graffiti.

    1320 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA

    801-582-5700

    Bar website

    pizza - $$