Sep 2, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
On Wednesday plans for a dramatic stadium expansion for the NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions were released. The Texas club are doing it big.
The Scorpions, who were founded in 2010 and have three seasons in North America’s second-tier under their belt, are an ambitious club, as the plans to transform their Toyota Field home from an 8,000 capacity venue to over 18,000 prove.
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If the plans are rubber stamped, the renovations could cost $45 million as San Antonio’s main aim is to bring an MLS franchise to South West Texas.
City Councilman Mike Gallagher made his claim for bringing MLS to San Antonio, as it was revealed in the release that other members of the City council are calling for all Councillors to unite and “pass a resolution affirming its desire to assist in bringing Major League Soccer to San Antonio.”
Here’s what else Gallagher had to say.
“The success of the San Antonio Scorpions and Toyota Field is providing compelling evidence that a professional soccer market exists here in San Antonio,” Gallagher said. “Soccer has the same potential to transform San Antonio into a major league city as pro basketball did over 43 years ago. The opportunity to bring MLS to San Antonio not only benefits the citizens of this city but also impacts South and Central Texas and Mexico.”
Below is a photo of what the planned expansion could look like, as the Scorpions grand plans for expansion look pretty darn impressive. The expansion would include adding an entire new upper tier to the stadium bowl and also adding a plethora of suites and three new club seating areas. Over the past four years attendance figures in the Texas city have impressed, as the last two NASL seasons have seen an average crowd of over 6,500 turn out.
However, with other cities such as Sacramento and Minneapolis serious about bringing Major League Soccer to town, it seems as though San Antonio is keen to get in on the MLS franchise rush before it ends.
After releasing stadium plans like these, they are certainly making waves.
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