A couple of quick hits from the world of soccer stadium construction and development. In Houston, the Dynamo have selected their architect and project manager for the $80 million stadium. The Dynamo have retained the services of architectural firm Populous, who was also recently retained to design the Kansas City Wizards stadium project. Populous also prepared the initial renderings for the project. The renderings are out. An important aspect of the agreement as far as obtaining city approval is the participation of Texas Southern University. Although negotiations are ongoing, it is expected that Texas Southern football will also use the stadium for at least 30 years and a $2.5 million investment.
In Vancouver, the future home of the Whitecaps is undergoing a significant makeover. The bubble roof has been taken down in preparation for the retractable roof that will replace the current setup. As we have said before about Vancouver, the ownership group seems solid. Mr. Kerfoot has long been a friend of soccer and Steve Nash adds glamour and splash to the ownership. The owners have the money; Kerfoot is a billionare. The Whitecaps have done well at the gate and the market is hungry for higher level soccer. BC Place is well situated and the proposed soccer stadium is also in a solid location.
Finally, the new home of WPS’ Atlanta Beat opened to the public on May 2, 2010. The 8,300 seat stadium will host its first home game on May 9, 2010. The team will be the only WPS franchise playing in a facility built specifically for womens’ soccer