- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 2, 2014
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- San Antonio Expansion
They’re not saying MLS by name right now but when you look at these plans that were recently unveiled by the San Antonio Scorpions, you have to think they are dreaming big.
On Tuesday the Scorpions unveiled their ambitious plans for expansion of Toyota Field that would more than double the venue’s capacity and cover most sections with a roof, along with major increases in concessions, merchandising areas and the number of luxury suites and other amenities available to season-ticket holders and other VIPs.
Estimated to cost between $38 to 45 million, the project would add 10,000 seats to the stadium’s current capacity of 9,000 and upgrade field lighting for improved television broadcasts. It even includes a “high-powered beam of light” which would project into the night sky over San Antonio during Scorpions matches and change colors when the home team scores.
“The escalating interest in the Scorpions and professional soccer over the past two years has been mind-boggling,” said Hartman, the club’s owner and founder. “We are blessed to be a franchise playing in the North American Soccer League, however we must be prepared to expand once support and investment are secured to allow for additional opportunities.
“We want to be ready to take our venue to the next level as fan and sponsor support in soccer continues to grow.”
San Antonio has always had various plans to expand Toyota Field but seeing them come out and improve upon those plans is a positive sign to see right now in this expansion race. With Las Vegas gaining traction, Sacramento getting visits from MLS officials and Minnesota having a bidding war within their own city, the Alamo City was started to get left in the dust until today. Right now for me, the San Antonio bid comes down so much to capital and whether or not the ownership group can expand with more investors.
Saying that though, even if they don’t make it into MLS and they expand the stadium this way, it will certainly be the best lower division stadium in the US.