This weekend, the Houston Dynamo will open the 12th soccer specific facility in the league, BBVA Compass Stadium. In honor of the event, today’s post will focus on the Dynamo. Before we get to the stadium, the team has just announced a new partner. The team’s new official energy partner is Direct Energy. The long-term deal matches the Dynamo with a large retail energy supplier that is moving its headquarters from Toronto to Houston.
The first game from the new stadium will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network. The network has actively promoted the game during its Stanley Cup broadcasts. However, as one of our Twitter followers aptly noted, the promotion has focused on Tally Hall and DeRo rather than the new stadium. This fits with the network’s stated goal to promote individual player story lines but probably forfeits an opportunity to show a large non-soccer audience some of progress made by the league.
The stadium includes 33 suites in close proximity to the field and 2 party suites. Construction is moving along nicely. Those standing on the grass field will have the opportunity to look at 75 foot canopies hanging over the stands. The downtown stadium is part of a stadium district that includes facilities for a number of Houston’s sports teams. Total cost of the projected stadium was expected to come in at $95 million with the Dynamo ownership (primarily AEG and Golden Boy Promotions) funding about $60 million.
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