Since the first Major League Soccer stadium opened in Columbus
in 1999, there's been a flurry of activity. The Home Depot Center
opened in Los Angeles in 2003, with Pizza Hut Park opening two
years later outside Dallas. The Chicago Fire's new stadium opened
in June, 2006. Other stadiums are either under construction or
in the planning stages for Harrison, NJ (for the New York
City market); Denver; Salt Lake City; Toronto; and Washington,
DC, and, of course, the San Francisco Bay Area. The facilities
are listed here in chronological order.
Stadium was the first major league stadium built specifically
for soccer in the United States. It opened May 15, 1999.
Plans for a soccer specific stadium in Central
Ohio had been in the works ever since the Crew's inaugural season.
However, voters turned down stadium initiatives in Franklin County
and the city of Dublin, before the Crew proposed a stadium built
on land leased from the Ohio Expositions Commission.
The entire cost of the stadium ($28.5 million)
was privately funded. Capacity is 22,555, with a maximum of 30,000.
(Photo courtesy Columbus Crew.)
The second soccer-specific stadium in the U.S. opened in 2003, in
Carson, California. The 27,000-seat Home
Depot Center stadium is on the campus of California State University,
The Home Depot Center is a 125-acre development, featuring
state-of-the-art stadiums and facilities for soccer, tennis, track
& field, cycling, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball
and other sports.
In addition to the soccer stadium, there is a 13,000-seat
tennis stadium, a 20,000-seat track & field facility and an
indoor velodrome. Designated as an “Official U.S. Olympic
Training Site,” The Home Depot Center is the nation’s
most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur and professional
athletes. It is also home to Athletes’ Performance Los Angeles,
a nationally recognized training center for elite and professional
athletes and is the summer training campsite for the San Diego Chargers
Developed and operated by AEG, the $150-million Home
Depot Center‘s commitment to athletics and training also extends
to the surrounding communities. Tennis courts, soccer training fields
and a three-mile jogging trail with twelve fitness stations around
the perimeter of the development are available to local residents
as well as other facilities and amenities. Through foundations established
by AEG-operated entities such as the Galaxy, the Los Angeles Kings
and STAPLES Center, more than $5 million has been pledged to community
organizations in the last six years with new donations targeting
this local community already being established.
partnership consisting of Hunt Sports Group (HSG), the Frisco Independent
School District, the City of Frisco, and Collin County opened Pizza
Hut Park (above) in August, 2005. The $65 million project, home
of FC Dallas, consists of a 20,000-seat stadium as well as 17 tournament-grade
fields for youth and high school soccer. In addition to MLS soccer,
the stadium will be used by the Frisco Independent School District
for high school football games.
The multi-purpose stadium, also available for concerts,
public entertainment, and community events, is on approximately
100 acres just north of the new Frisco Town Square, a mixed-use
development currently under construction and the future home of
commercial, residential, retail and public buildings, including
a new City Hall. Photo courtesy FC Dallas.
January, 2004, the Chicago Fire announced plans to develop a 20,000-25,000
seat soccer stadium and concert venue in Bridgeview, a suburb of
Chicago. Toyota Park, which opened in June, 2006, was developed
on approximately 60 acres at a cost of about $70 million. The site
houses the Fire's offices as well as a training center and
a training field adjacent to the stadium. The site
will also be the center point of a re-development that is expected
to include restaurants, theaters and other commercial establishments.
A new 110-room AmeriSuites Hotel is planned adjacent to the proposed
site to supplement the existing 7,000 hotel rooms in the area.
Financing has come both from Bridgeview and AEG, with each putting
up $15 million, and $40 million from bonds to be sold by the town.
Bridgeview will own the stadium, with the Fire holding a long-term
lease. Photo courtesy Chicago-Fire.com.
On September 19, 2006, workers broke
ground on Red Bull Stadium, a $200 million stadium for the New York
Red Bulls. Scheduled for completion in late summer or early autumn
2008, the stadium is being constructed via a public-private partnership
with AEG and Red Bull providing $100 million, Hudson County contibuting
$60 million for roadway infrastructure and parking facilities,
and the town of Harrison spending $40 million for land acquisition.
Red Bull Park will be the centerpiece of a $1 billion development
dubbed Harrison MetroCenter. The development includes 300,000 square
feet of mid- and high-rise office space, 300,000 square feet of
retail space and 3,500 units of housing. Rendering
courtesy New York Red Bulls.
On July 27, 2005, Kroenke Sports
Enterprises (KSE) and officials of Commerce City, Colorado, announced
plans to develop 360 acres of land to house a 20,000-seat
soccer stadium, youth soccer fields, retail development, and
a new Commerce City civic center.
$130 million project was approved unanimously by the Commerce
City City Council, as was a ballot initiative on a $64 million
bond issue. Construction began in early 2005 and the Colorado
Rapids will begin play in the new facility at the start of the
2007 season. HOK, the same architects who designed Coors Field
in Denver and SBC Park in San Francisco, will design the new
stadium. Architectural rendering and photo courtesy Colorado
On August 12, 2006, Real Salt
Lake owner Dave Checketts
stuck a golden shovel into the dirt in a special ground-breaking
ceremony for Real Salt Lake's new multi-purpose sports and
entertainment center in Sandy, Utah. The stadium, which is
scheduled to open for the 2008 MLS season, is the result of
a public/private partnership which will see $55 million in
a combination of hotel taxes, redevelopment funds, and other
public sources joined with $100 million from the team to complete
Real Salt Lake will also donate $7.5 million towards a youth soccer
complex, build a youth academy in conjunction with Real
Madrid, donate $1 million per year towards promoting tourism, contribute
500 tickets per home game to students to promote youth literacy,
commit to staying in Salt Lake County for at least 30 years, and
give the county 50 cents for every game ticket sold.
The latest addition to MLS is an expansion team, Toronto
FC, which will play in a new stadium near that city's downtown starting
in 2007. Toronto FC is owned by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment,
the same group that owns the city's NHL and NBA teams.
DC United is working with local officials in Washington,
DC, in pursuit of a new, 24,000-seat stadium at Poplar Point, overlooking
the Anacostia River.
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