SBJ/Feb. 24-March 2, 2014/In Depth
The next wave of MLS stadiums
Published February 24, 2014, Page 19
San Jose Earthquakes
|The future home of the San Jose Earthquakes takes shape.
Construction delays twice pushed back the club’s original opening date for the 2014 season. Now the new, 18,000-seat, privately financed San Jose stadium is expected to be completed in time for the opening of the 2015 season.
New England Revolution
The club hopes to build a new stadium in downtown Boston but appears to have made little progress. The Revolution continues to play in Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.
While the team plays in RFK Stadium, the ancient former home of the Washington Redskins, it continues to try to close a deal for a new $300 million stadium in the Buzzard Point district, near Nationals Park. The cost would be divided by the club and the District of Columbia. The project, which has been met with opposition from some politicians and activists, has had many stops and starts. A goal to open the facility by March 1, 2016, is very much in doubt.
Orlando City SC
An 18,000-seat soccer stadium in downtown Orlando has been approved for the expansion club, which is owned by Brazilian businessman Flavio Augusto da Silva and is set to begin play in 2015. The team will play its final season this year in the USL Pro league at ESPN Wide World of Sports and could begin MLS play there until construction of the new stadium is completed.
New York City FC
The Manchester City and New York Yankees-owned expansion club is slated to begin play in 2015 but has yet to finalize a deal for a new stadium. In fact, the club hasn’t even announced a temporary site for its opening seasons, although Yankee Stadium is one possibility. Among the possibilities for a new stadium location is one in the Bronx, near Yankee Stadium.