04/20/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/20/2019 11:30
MLS4TheLou has released conceptual Major League Soccer stadium renderings.
The ownership group is collaborating with the design team of HOK and Julie Snow, co-founder of Snow Kreilich Architects, to shape the initial vision for this exciting project.
The proposed soccer-specific stadium will have a seating capacity of approximately 22,500 to 25,500, adding to the renaissance currently underway in downtown St. Louis.
'It has been an amazing 36 hours for our effort to bring an MLS team to St. Louis. With Major League Soccer's announcement that the league will expand to 30 teams, combined with being able to share our initial stadium design plan, we are inching closer to making this a reality for St. Louis,' said Carolyn Kindle Betz.
The overall fan experience has been one of many important factors guiding the initial design efforts. It will include:
'Over the last six months, we've visited numerous MLS stadiums to review designs and learn best practices in order to be as thoughtful as possible to our proposed stadium here in St. Louis,' said Kindle Betz. 'While they are still a work-in-progress, we're excited to finally give fans a glimpse of our proposed stadium.'
If St. Louis is awarded a team, the stadium will host approximately 18-20 regular season MLS home games and three exhibition games. The open-air venue would be perfectly sized to welcome a diverse program of events such as shows, concerts, e-sports events and others.
In addition to the release of the initial stadium renderings, the MLS4TheLou ownership group will identify supporters and individuals with an existing interest in soccer to participate in fan focus groups to gather input on various fan experience elements related to a potential MLS team and soccer-specific stadium. These focus groups will be ongoing and will cover areas including stadium amenities, food and beverage preferences, supporter group sections, rituals, songs, tailgating and more.