And each much anticipated with Washington and San Jose waiting for their first football-specific venues, while the MLS looks to give New York their second franchise.
It’s busy in the US in recent years with Kansas City and Houston new stadiums being latest additions to the MLS ground list. But it’s only going to get busier, or so it seems. There are three projects waiting to become reality in the nearest future and each of them is a really expected one.
First, in order of probable construction finish, is the new venue for San Jose Earthquakes. Initially planned to be opened in 2013, now it’s envisaged to join MLS in 2014. New 18,000-seater will be U-shaped with stands having a massive regular tier and a very small one below, for more expensive seating and sideline skyboxes – a very unusual proposal. It’s estimated to cost some $60 million.
Then comes the new stadium for New York, probably most awaited football/soccer stadium in the US recently, with MLS Commissioner Dan Garber calling it “a dream since the league was founded”. The new stadium is expected to be confirmed in November this year. Groundbreaking in 2014, opening in 2016-2017.
It’s supposed to be located in Flushing Meadows (Queens) on a 10 to 13-acre site. Initial capacity should stand at 25,000, but future expansion to 35,000 has to be secured from the start as well. Perhaps this, along with the expensive NY location and labor brings estimated costs to $300 million.
And third but not least important, new stadium is also expected for DC United, Washington-based club. Currently tenants at RFK Stadium, the club hardly fits the stadium and the other way round – RFK is far from DC United expectations. It’s simply not financially feasible for both sides.
As Council member Jack Evans revealed recently, he hopes to have a framework plan worked out with United by the end of the year. And despite this initial statement being corrected later, it seems United are finally going to have their own stadium. No timeline is set at this time, though.