Soccer Stadium Update

Time for our first stadium update of 2011.  We’ll start in Houston, where last week we reported that the team will break ground on the project on January 29.  That date has since been delayed to an uncertain date, but the team is maintaining that the building will be ready in time for an April 2012 opening.  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. 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 Portland, the Timbers, in conjunction with local pizza restaurant (and multi-year team sponsor) Papa Murphy’s will host community tours on Saturday to provide fans with 30 minute walking tours of the ongoing renovations.  The project contractor will also discuss the project with fans.  For a live look at the ongoing renovations, click here.

In Kansas City, Sporting is continuing towards its Summer stadium opening.   The 18,500 seat, natural grass stadium will feature 36 suites, 300 HD televisions and fully covered seating.   There will also be 6 locker rooms, an 1800 square foot video board and 6 locker rooms.  The stadium web cam (complete with a presenting sponsor), can be found here.

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 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.