Eagle summer venues: Bonney Field

The USA Men's Eagles - along with the rugby union national teams of Canada, Fiji, Japan, Samoa, and Tonga - will contest the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup on four separate match days in the next month. Northern California will be host to four matches in the span of a week at Avaya Stadium in San Jose and Bonney Field in Sacramento.

In terms of sports, the capital city of California may be best known for its National Basketball Association franchise: the Kings. Though the team endured a 10-year absence from the post season following the move from Kansas City prior to the 1985-86 season, and years of competing with the infinitely more successful Los Angeles Lakers, the team has been supported by Sacramentans year after year.

The River Cats of the Pacific Coast League, the Triple-A class of Minor League Baseball, have earned more accolades since their departure from Vancouver in 2000. Eleven division titles, six conference titles, and two appearances (and victories) in the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game helped the current affiliate of the San Francisco Giants garner the highest attendance numbers in the competition at Raley Field in West Sacramento.

The Monarchs of the Women's National Basketball Association won a single championship in 13 seasons before folding, while the city boasts one of the most successful women's full tackle football franchises in the International Women's Football League's Sirens.

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Soccer in Sacramento has had its ups and downs, but the announcement of a USL (United Soccer Leagues) PRO franchise to begin competition in 2014 was an exciting prospect, as Major League Soccer opened the doors to multiple expansion cities.

The community, hoping for a professional club of its own, rallied behind the announcement and voted on the franchise's name and look, deciding on Sacramento Republic FC. The team shared a facility with Sacramento City College for the beginning of its inaugural season while the club's permanent home was constructed on the grounds of the California Expo Center.

Though the grand opening of the 8,000 seat stadium was delayed by two weeks, Bonney Field opened its doors to fans for the first time June 20, 2014, when the Republic defeated the reserve side of the MLS' Colorado Rapids. The postponement was worth the wait, as the Men's Eagles brought a sold-out crowd to its feet with a come-from-behind victory against Canada on the same pitch the next day.

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Set against the backdrop of the home of the California State Fair, Bonney Field, as well as its home team, drew sold-out crowds throughout the season, warranting expansion plans for the 2015 campaign and beyond. The season ticket cap was increased to 9,500, of which all were sold, as Bonney Field grew to seat 11,242 supporters.

Not only did the team win the USL Pro Championship in its first season, the off-field successes spurred hopes of a prosperous MLS expansion bid. Cities with lower-division clubs such as Atlanta and Orlando, Fla., were awarded franchises beginning with the 2017 and 2015 seasons, respectively, while Sacramento remained in the running with a bid.

Minnesota ended up beating out the California capital and Sin City in Nevada for an expansion franchise earlier this year, but the appetite for professional sport has never been bigger.

The Eagles, featuring Regis Jesuit High School alumni Eric Fry, Blaine Scully, and Louis Stanfill, as well as other northern-California natives, will help satisfy the appetite Friday, July 24, as World Rugby's Pacific Nations Cup returns to Bonney Field. Fiji and Samoa, each victorious in their opening-round matches, will kick off the festivities alongside the California State Fair.

The home team will play Japan, with the match kickoff time set for 8 p.m. local. Admission to the match will also allow fans to access the California State Fair.

Bookmark USARugby.org for a look at the Eagles' third domestic summer venue: PPL Park.