Just take a look at that view.
I wasn’t going to get into this new stadium on the riverfront in Pittsburgh in regards to MLS expansion but I have to admit, if there was ever a great place to view a MLS game it would be there. It would rival some of the great stadium locations in this league like in Houston and Portland.
Naturally the USL-Pro Pittsburgh Riverhounds have a long, long way to go to get to MLS. Highmark Stadium is only set to hold a shade over three thousand at a game – perfect for the USL side. Its privately financed cost will be $10.2 million, and once season tickets go on sale, all 13 home games can be had for $150.
A MLS dream would be a lofty one to have at best at the moment but certainly in the right situation with a good ownership it would work. Pittsburgh is a sports loving town after all but at the moment soccer isn’t a big enough deal to the locals.
I’ll admit, I’ve long thought Pittsburgh would be a lovely MLS city one day in the future. I’m not in any way or shape advocating that they join up in the next five years. There’s just no chance in hell that will happen. Right now their side is run by a CEO midfielder. I kid you not, one of their midfielders is their CEO.
Jason Kutney is that CEO midfielder and he told the local papers in Pittsburgh that eventually they hope to get the stadium to a MLS level and to get Pittsburgh into a soccer-loving state to support it.
“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Kutney said, “but the goal is the MLS.”
Kutney has already begun talks with the local government about how the stadium could eventually expand to hold 18,000 – you know the magic number for a MLS stadium.
It is good to hear that they aren’t getting ahead of things here just yet. It’s good to have MLS expansion as a goal for Pittsburgh but it isn’t the true goal just yet. Just getting the city to support soccer in general has to be the first step. That means selling out this new stadium for this 13 home games next year.
It’s a big dream but if the slow and steady approach is taken then one day…yes…one day it could work. I always say dream big.