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PHOTO: San Antonio reveal stunning stadium expansion plans, aim for MLS entry

Sep 2, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

Source: San Antonio Scorpions Source: San Antonio Scorpions

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.

  1. cleesmith2 - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    San Antonio makes a lot more sense than Las Vegas.

  2. scottmcchillin - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    San Antonio is as strong a market as the MLS could hope for and needs to be granted the 24th franchise.
    Strong crowds, win or lose? Check
    Soccer-specific stadium (with aforementioned ability to expand to 18,000+)? Check
    Strong corporate sponsors? Check
    Support from local government? Check
    Some may knock the TV market size, but no one in the NBA complains about what the Spurs bring to the table.And when you factor in emerging South Texas population growth and nearby Austin/I-35 corridor, there is plenty of room for growth.

    As for the others….Miami has been handed a team and can’t even find a decent location to build – 1 year later! Las Vegas touts a $400 million dollar stadium, but only if given a team – that will play in 110+ degree weather. Minnesota talks a good game, but still doesn’t have any major backing – with very pedestrian attendance numbers.

    As for attendance, in only 3 years, the Scorpions have shown that the support is real.
    2012 – led league in attendance at over 9K in larger non-soccer venue. Moved to 7,800 seating capacity Toyota Field after inaugural season.
    In spring of 2013, led NASL in average attendance at over 7100, even though finishing in 3rd place. In fall of 2013 finished 2nd in attendance (over 6700) with club near bottom of the table.
    In spring of 2014 finished 2nd in average attendance at over 6400, again finishing 3rd place. For fall, averaging over 7100, good for 3rd when you factor that Minnesota’s average includes 34,000 who saw them play on double bill with Man City/Olympiakos. I highly doubt 34K showed up for Minn United. And the Scorpions are currently sitting atop the fall table and a 14 points clear for a playoff spot.

    MLS in SA is a real, viable option to all of the other supposed locations.

  3. drewvt6 - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Remember when SA was going to join the league and play in the Alamodome?

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