Houston Stadium Update

Houston Stadium Update

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 20, 2007

Houston is winning championships in the MLS but aren’t making friends as easy in their own city’s town hall. Though both sides say they are close to a stadium deal for the two-time champion, however it is mostly up to the mayor of Houston. Mayor Bill White does not want to see any public money used in the building of the stadium.

“The mayor has said he would not like to use any money that could be used for firefighters or policemen,” said Andy Icken, the city’s deputy director of public works, who is heading negotiations for the city.

“If we’re going to be successful, we’ll be successful in the next two weeks.”

Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Dynamo, is laying plans to build a 22,000-seat, open-air stadium at a cost of $70 million to $80 million.

Almost two years ago, AEG moved this club to Houston after failing to put together a stadium deal in San Jose, Calif. The team was renamed the Dynamo, and executives promised to get a stadium built in its new home.

The location of the new stadium has not been released, however, it will be in the downtown area.

I am wondering how much AEG will put into this project now that they have a little more cash from the Red Bull deal that just went through last week. I can expect this to be a typical AEG stadium, with a stage for concerts and what not. Probably a typical MLS stadium really, but it would be cool to see something different with this stadium deal. Hopefully something that keeps the noise level in the stadium and makes it a tough place for visiting sides to play in.