MLS Stadium Update

There are stadium updates aplenty as we look around Major League Soccer this week.  Here are a couple of quick hits from the world of soccer specific stadium construction.

In Vancouver, the Whitecaps have announced that they will play the first half of their inaugural season in a temporary stadium while BC place (their permanent home) is completed.  The temporary stadium (which is actually quite nice looking) will seat 27,500 and will cost only 14 million to build.  Given the  low cost of the structure, this seems like an outstanding temporary solution.

In Portland, the team has announced the re-design of PGE Park to accomodate the Timbers in 2011.  The $31 million renovation incorporates the existing structure to create a cozy urban stadium.   The renovation will add seats to all four sides of the structure and will include the addition of a 1,500 restaurant.  The stadium will also include an artificial playing surface.

In Kansas, heavy machines are on site to begin construction of the Wizards’ new home.  Kansas and the local county have offered $230 million in incentives to lure Cerner and the Wizards to Kansas. The stadium is set to open in mid-2011, which promises to be quite a year for soccer specfic stadiums in MLS.

In New York, Red Bull Arena is progressing well and promises to open in time for the season opener.  In Philly, the new Union stadium is moving more slowly, but still seems on target for a summer opening.

The next two years certainly promise to be exciting times in MLS construction.  We will continue to monitor the progress.

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