NWSL Seattle Reign adds investors and relocates to Tacoma

The NWSL’s Seattle Reign is relocating 30 miles south to Tacoma after securing new investment. Bill Predmore will continue as the Reign’s majority owner but now will have minority ownership from Mikal Thomsen, owner of minor league baseball team the Tacoma Rainiers, and the family of Seattle Sounders FC majority owner Adrian Hanauer.

The club will now simply be known as Reign FC.

The Reign will play their games at Cheney Stadium for the 2019 season sharing the ground with the Rainers and the Sounders USL team which is being rebranded as the Tacoma Defiance. The Reign the hope to eventually moving into a soccer-specific facility.

“We worked incredibly hard over the past year to find a solution that would allow us to continue playing our home matches in Seattle, but the requirements imposed by the NWSL limited our options,” Predmore said. “Out of these challenging circumstances arose an opportunity that fills us with great optimism for our future.”