Friday, January 26, 2007

Houston in talks for stadium location

Houston Dynamo and city officials from Pearland have confirmed that they have been talking about the possibility of building a permanent soccer stadium. Pearland is located about 12 miles south of downtown Houston.

"The Pearland location is attractive because of growth along Highway 288 in the city, Pearland City Manager Bill Eisen said. The Pearland Town Center, which will include 147 acres of specialty stores, restaurants and a hotel, is being constructed in the area, along with what is expected to be the largest H-E-B in the Houston area, which will open in the spring. There also are two additional shopping centers being constructed."

Pearland is just one of a number of cities that the team has been linked to.

I really don't know the area at all, but from comments on previous posts, it seems Pearland is a good site, not far from downtown with good transportation options and a number of youth and adult soccer associations.

Pearland might not be the place but it is obvious that Houston needs a soccer stadium. The Dynamo earned a berth in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup when they won the MLS Cup, but they will not get to play that game in Houston. Instead, the team will travel about 100-miles north on Wednesday night to Texas A&M to play at their 3,000-5,000 seat soccer stadium. The reason, there is not enough parking available during week days at their regular home on the University of Houston campus and other Houston stadiums use artificial turf.

Houston has all the makings of being a huge soccer city, now they just need a home for the game.

For anyone around Texas A&M, if you want to see the CONCACAF Champions' Cup match against Costa Rican side Puntarenas on March 1, tickets are available for $20 via Ticketmaster.

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