MLS Stadium Update

Six weeks have gone by since our last stadium update, so we thought it time to take a look around MLS to see how some of the stadium projects are moving.  The first bit of news comes out of San Jose, where owner Lew Wolff announced that the team has designated renown 360 architecture as the design firm for both the San Jose Earhuakes and Oakland A’s stadiums.  The stadium is planned near the San Jose Airport and will reportedly requie red two years to construct from the date of the ground breaking to complete.  For more on the funding of the project, check out our earlier post on the stadium effort.

In Portland, the minor league baseball season has come to a close and it is now time for the second phase of the PGE Park renovation to move forward (PGE”s naming rights deal is up, so the name of the stadium may change before the season begins in 2011).   For a great guide to the renovations, click here.  Much of the next phase will involve the removal of baseball fences and polls along with the demolition of certain structural elements.   More than 15k were in attendance for the last Timbers’ match at PGE Park.

In Houston, the Dynamo have announced that they have narrowed their construction manager search to a final four of firms.  COO Chris Canetti also promised that the new stadium will not have football lines on Dynamo gamedays.  The team has previously selected the design firm Populous to serve as project architect.  Total cost of the projected 21k seat stadium is expected to be about $80 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,  the TIRZ money and from some of the stiumulus money floating around.

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2 Responses

  1. The downside to the PGE Park renovation is that it cost Portland its minor-league baseball team. The city’s big enough to support both MLS and another summer sport.

  2. Years of other sports bullying Soccer around and the one time it goes the other way someone complains? I guess thats to be expected. Upwards and onwards I always say! Good for Portland for kicking out a crappy minor league baseball team, wish Columbus would have done that…

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