Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Two soccer-specific stadiums open Saturday
by Paul Kennedy, April 13th, 2013 4:10PM
Subscribe to Soccer Business Insider

TAGS:  nasl, soccer business, television, usl


By Paul Kennedy

Saturday marks the opening of not one but two soccer-specific stadiums. Neither has more than half the capacity of the smallest MLS soccer-specific stadium, but each is unique in its own right.

The San Antonio Scorpions' Toyota Field was privately funded by club founder Gordon Hartman, and all profits the NASL club generates will be donated to Morgan's Wonderland, Hartman's theme park geared toward children with physical and cognitive disabilities.

The stadium, located on San Antonio's Northeast side, will seat 8,000 to begin with but can be expanded to 18,500 in the future.

Filling the stadium, beginning with Saturday's opener against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, should be no problem. The Scorpions averaged 9,819 fans a game at a local high school stadium last season, their first in the NASL.

With enthusiastic support from supporters groups like the Crocketteers and Bexar County Casuals, the atmosphere at Toyota Field -- no seat is farther than 60 feet from the field -- should be electric.

The USL PRO Pittsburgh Riverhounds open a new home of their own Saturday as they host the Harrisburg City Islanders at Highmark Stadium near downtown Pittsburgh.

The 'Hounds' soccer-specific facility is even more intimate than San Antonio's Toyota Field, seating just 3,500 fans -- no bleachers -- in its initial stage. That's only slightly more than what Pittsburgh's first pro team, the Phantoms, averaged at the old Forbes Field in 1967.

Pittsburgh doesn't have the tradition of pro outdoor that many other major cities have, but the 'Hounds have support from the Steel Army -- with its own 500-seat supporters section right behind the goal -- and the stadium is part of a redevelopment project at Station Square on Pittsburgh's South Side with the downtown skyline in the background.

As Highmark Stadium was about to open, Riverhounds midfielder Jason Kutney was preoccupied with such chores as getting the stadium concessions -- the stadium goes 11-v-11 with its selection of domestic and imported beers -- and technological issues squared away in his role as CEO.

That's right, the Pittsburgh CEO is also a player. Kutney played college ball at Duquesne with the club coach, Justin Evans, and has been with the team since 2006.

SCORPIONS ON LOCAL TV. The Scorpions will have 13 NASL games televised -- including Saturday's opener against the Rowdies on ABC affiliate KSAT 12. It will carry three Scorpions games, while sister station MeTV will air 10 games.
Email: Send releases to Soccer America
Friend Soccer America Facebook
Follow Soccer America Twitter
Soccer Business Insider RSS feed

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer Business Insider
Donovan case study: turning a negative into a positive    
So what's happens to a star from a marketing perspective when things go wrong? How do ...
Top 10 soccer television stories of the year    
It is almost impossible to go a day without finding live soccer somewhere on television. Most ...
U.S. Soccer renews Nike deal through 2022    
Nike, a U.S. Soccer partner since 1995, will be providing men's and women's national team uniforms ...
Mizuno cleats hit U.S. market     
Mizuno, the century-old Japanese company that entered the U.S. market in 1961 and has specialized in ...
Signs of progress on D.C. stadium plans    
The proposal for the D.C. United stadium to be built in Washington's Buzzard Point neighborhood could ...
Miami 'giddy' about soccer, New York? Not so much    
Miami-Dade County commissioners have demonstrated their support for soccer. Just what that gets David Beckham and ...
NYCFC eyes Bronx stadium site; Miami Beckham United gets on agenda    
It will take an Edwin Moses-type to cleanly clear all the hurdles that lie ahead for ...
MLS Cup viewers on UniMas surpass those on ESPN    
Saturday's MLS Cup drew the fewest English-language viewers on record, so few in fact that the ...
Team Beckham eyes Miami stadium site by the bay    
You can't say David Beckham doesn't think big.
FIFA-adidas partnership extended through 2030    
The World Cup and adidas are synonymous, their relationship going back to the 1970 World Cup ...
>> Soccer Business Insider Archives