Soccer Stadium Update

cityIt has been way too long since we did a comprehensive stadium construction update, but with construction and planning proceeding in multiple markets, now sees like a good time for snapshot.  We’ll start in Orlando, where the local Fox affiliate was granted some time with City’s Phil Rawlins to discuss the progression of stadium construction.  You can see the video here.  The $94.5 million agreement approved by a 7-0 vote of the Orlando City Council also includes another $25 million in tourist tax funding for the Dr. Phllips Performing Arts Center, $12 million for the Citrus Bowl; $27.5 million for tourism ads; and $10 million for improvements to the Orange County Convention Center.  There will be 20k seats at the new venue which is expected to open in the Summer of 2015. Populous will be the architect for the project.

In San Jose, stadium construction is continuing to move forward, albeit slowly.  The Stadium will seat 18,000 and is set to open in 2015.  According to the Mercury News, the facility “sits at Coleman Avenue and Newhall Street, across from Mineta San Jose International Airport.  The stadium will feature the largest open air bar in America, plenty of suite seating and convenient highway access to multiple freeways and San Francisco.  The construction has been pushed back repeatedly (the start of the 2015 season is now the target), but to check in on the progress of stadium, you can click on the web cam here.

In New York, the situation is not so rosy, with no indication that a permanent stadium site is close for the expansion team.  Given the politics, shortage of land and the pace of construction in New York, it isn’t hard to imagine the club will be playing in Yankee Stadium until 2019.   For more on the stadium situation in New York, click here.