Media Guidelines

www.RealSaltLake.com – The comprehensive source for all Real Salt Lake news, schedules, team information, community promotions and corporate partner information. 

www.RioTintoStadium.com – All of the latest information on various sporting, entertainment and community events happening at Rio Tinto Stadium in the Heart of the Wasatch. Visit for tickets, parking and all facility information.

E-Mail Release List—All of Real Salt Lake and Rio Tinto Stadium’s announcements are sent via e-mail. To be placed on either list, please contact one or both of RSLcommunications@RealSaltLake.com or RioTintoStadium@RealSaltLake.com.

Media Interviews

Members of the media requesting an interview with Real Salt Lake or Rio Tinto Stadium players, coaches or administrators should make arrangements with the RSL/Rio Tinto Stadium Public Affairs office:

  • Trey Fitz-Gerald — VP of Broadcasting & Communications: (801) 856-8877 (cell)
  • Sam Stejskal — Media Services Manager: (801) 918-5050 (cell)
  • Jane Sexton — Publish Relations Coordinator: (718) 974-1448 (cell)

Photography Requests

Real Salt Lake and Rio Tinto Stadium maintain a limited number of head and shoulder portraits of players, coaches and officers, as well as venue images. USA Today Sports Images serves as the Official Photographer for Major League Soccer. Media outlets can also download high-resolution photos at http://usatodaysportsimages.com/

Transportation / Parking

Parking for working media will be located in one of Rio Tinto Stadium's lots, with passes distributed by RSL Media Relations. On event days, no one will gain access to these lots without a permit. Parking in these lots are extremely limited, and requests must be submitted prior to the event via RSLcommunications@RealSaltLake.com; cash lots are available near the stadium. All live TV trucks should park in their designated space inside the South Loading Dock area.

Gameday Credentials Application / Pick-up

Real Salt Lake media credentials and single-day parking passes will be available for pickup beginning two hours prior to kickoff of each game at the Media Services Will Call Window located at the northernmost window of Rio Tinto Stadium’s West Side Box Office.

Print, Radio, TV press and photographers should take one of two main West side elevators or the stairs to Rio Tinto Stadium's fourth floor. Photographers and field access ENG crew members are required to check-out photo bibs beginning two hours prior to kickoff in the Media Room on the ground floor. Bibs should be returned following game at the same location.

Event Seating / Access To Press Box

All media will access the Rio Tinto Stadium Press Box using the West Side Main Elevator bank and/or West Stairs. Seating charts will be posted in various locations directing media members to their assigned seats and booths. All credentialed members of the written press working on deadline will be assigned a seat in the Press Box; as per Real Salt Lake policy, RSVPs are required for those desiring a seat in the Press Box in advance of event. Auxiliary press seating will be located atop sections 13 and 14 in the SW corner for those NOT filing on deadline.

Pre Game Media Access Policy

NO pre-game player interviews will be granted without a prior appointment via RSL Communications. Photo marshals and representatives from RSL Communications will sweep the field one hour prior to the game, removing those individuals without a photo bib or field access credentials. At this time, print media will also be advised to matriculate to the fourth floor Press Box or the auxiliary press area. Prior to the anthem, team photos and kickoff, photographers and ENG crews will be escorted behind the midfield touchline for pre-game ceremonies and player introductions.

Field Photographers

Prior to 1st & 2nd half kickoffs, photographers and ENG crews must decide from behind which goal they wish to shoot. If photographers or ENG crews wish to switch sides of the field, they can do so ONLY after the players exit the field at halftime from behind the east side field boards. There is NO west-side access allowed at any time. Photographers and ENG crews will go to their selected endline spots immediately after team pictures and coin toss as instructed by the photo marshals. During the match, photographers have restricted freedom of movement. Because space around the perimeter of the field is limited, no photographers will be allowed along the west sideline – including the bench area – during the match, nor is use of the players’ field tunnel permitted AT ANY TIME.

ENG Crew Shooting Guidelines

ENG cameras are allowed to shoot game action from the field level, or from the EAST side camera baskets on the second level of Rio Tinto Stadium. By acceptance of RSL/Rio Tinto Stadium/MLS accreditation, ENG crews agree to abide by the accepted industry standards of film/video use for images they may obtain from the rights holder (i.e., use within a 72-hour window as part of regularly scheduled news or sports programming). No other rights are granted for any other broadcast or video applications.

Postgame Media Access Procedures

On-field postgame interviews will be allowed with RSL team members for all local TV affiliates.

Approximately ten minutes after the final whistle, RSL Head Coach Jeff Cassar will enter the Media Room on the first floor for his postgame press conference. Following Coach Cassar’s postgame interview session, the team locker rooms will be made accessible. All media members with a media/photo pass will have Locker Room access at the conclusion of Coach Jeff Cassar’s press conference. Access to locker rooms is through the main elevator bank. NO still photography is permitted in the locker room.

Internet Access / Telephones

A secure, high-speed wireless network will be operational on both the fourth floor Press Level and the first floor Media Room at Rio Tinto Stadium during RSL events in order to assist media members in their filing and informational needs. Network name & passwords will be posted throughout all media areas.

Postgame Quotes

RSL Communications will send representatives into each locker room after the game to collect quotes from players and coaches. A postgame quote sheet will be distributed following the game via e-mail.

Referee Pool Reporter

A pool reporter is assigned by the home team PR Director to represent the media with any necessary inquiries of the game officials. The MLS pool reporter must be identified and have his/her identity posted in the official's locker room 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Questions for the referees from the pool reporter must be delivered by Real Salt Lake PR to the referee’s locker room within 10 minutes of the final whistle. The referees will then have 15 minutes to give a written response to the pool reporter’s question, with the pool reporter then granted one verbal follow-up question, which the referee must answer immediately.