Soccer Stadium Update

unitedIt has been way too long since we last posted an update on the status of stadium construction around American soccer.  Over the years we have repeatedly written about efforts to build stadium for the Earthquakes in San Jose.  San Jose city officials  approved the  Planned Development permit for the construction of the proposed Earthquakes stadium a number of months ago. A rendering of the proposed stadium is here and the team is keeping a stadium blog here.  For a look at ticket prices, click here.

Steve Goff of Soccer Insider reported last week that United’s wandering eye is now peeking towards Maryland.  Despite ongoing efforts to secure a permanent home within the District at Buzzards Point.  Per Goff, “United has pledged to pay all costs of the new stadium, which would accommodate at least 20,000 spectators and also host college sports, non-MLS soccer events and concerts. The team has asked the city to pay for land acquisition and infrastructure costs. PEPCO, the utility company, and Akridge, a prominent developer, are the primary land owners in the area where United wants to build.”

One of the other big stadium stories of the last few months involves the league’s efforts to secure a stadium site in Queens.  Recall that in December, members of the league office (including the Commissioner), fans, youth players and more joined a reportedly raucous meeting to discuss the possibility of construction a 25k seat stadium in Queens.  According to the New York Times, “Garber said the stadium would be financed privately and create at least 3,000 permanent and temporary jobs.” Further according to the Times, “the league said every inch of parkland used for the new stadium would be replaced elsewhere in the community. The stadium’s footprint would be 10 to 13 acres, Garber said, adding that six and a half of those acres would replace the Fountain of Planets, a site that is currently fenced off. Less than two acres of the proposed stadium site is grassland, he said.” It is no secret that Mayor Bloomberg is a supporter of the stadium effort.  However, it is also no secret that the Mayor’s term is coming to an end. Those vying for his seat are at best non-committal to a stadium and with other opportunities percolating (perhaps Orlando), the possibility of a stadium in New York may be on the wane.