Soccer Stadium Update

It’s been a while since our last look at stadium construction around MLS.  We’ll start in Houston, where the Dynamo’s efforts to build in downtown Houston has progressed far enough to warrant a webcam. The Dynamo are expected to contribute $60 million to the project.  The proposed stadium will be shared with Texas Southern Football and other local events. The team  hopes to open in 2012.  Total cost of the projected 21k seat stadium is expected to be about $95 million with the Dynamo ownership (primarily AEG and Golden Boy Promotions) funding about $60 million.  The rest of the funds could come from tax credits,  Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (“TIRZ”) money and from some of the stimulus money floating around.

In San Jose, stadium construction efforts continue to plod forward.  A link to the Earthquake’s page looking at the stadium design is here. A couple of months back, the team held a ceremonial ground breaking at the start of the demo process.   Although the event included a fair amount of pomp and circumstance, the demolition does not guarantee construction.  Financing and ownership commitment still need to be confirmed before the job moves forward

We’ll stop our stadium look in Vancouver, where renovations continue at BC Place, with an expected Summer of 2011 re-opening.  Until then, the Whitecaps will continue to play their games at Empire Field, a 20k seat venue. The new BC Place will have a retractable roof that can open and close in 20 minutes minutes.  The stadium will also feature movable loge boxes that will bring fans of the Whitecaps directly down to the field level.   The stadium will also have a four sided HD television that will be visible from every seat. Vancouver webcams are here.

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