A Closer Look at the Dynamo Stadium

Every so often we take a global look at the development of soccer specific stadiums in MLS.  Today, we will focus the entire post on the structure rising in downtown Houston. According to an official press release from the Dynamo, the team has sold out 20 sections for 2012 through season ticket sales.  According to the team story, “the club’s premium seats have sold out, as have field-side seats, two of the three sections set aside for supporters’ groups, and six sections in the stadium’s 100 level. Seats still remain throughout the 100 level, including at midfield on the east side of the stadium, and in most of the 200 level.”

The team has put out a webcam of the stadium that can be viewed here. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 20.  The available sections are for sale here.  Season tickets range from $1825 to $250 for a 20 game package.  Founding partners for the stadium are Dr. Pepper and Greenstar Recycling.

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 22k 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.