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A Stadium Of Their Own: The Time is Now For A Dynamo Stadium Announcement

Recently there has been some chatter that the Houston Dynamo will have a big announcement this week. Since the Dynamo signed Mexican forward Luis Angel Landin on Thursday, its seems that this will be one of three things: an announcement related to the 2010 MLS All-Star Match, an announcement related to the potential friendly against either Club America or Chivas in October, or an announcement related to the construction of a soccer specific stadium for the Houston Dynamo. While news related to the All-Star Match or the friendly are definite possibilities, I’m going out on a limb and predicting that the news will concern the construction of a soccer specific stadium for the Dynamo.

Earlier this year, while he was a guest on the Ken Hoffman show on 1560 The Game in Houston, Texas, Dynamo CEO Oliver Luck stated that the club would be in their own stadium for the 2011 season. Initially, both the City of Houston and Harris County showed some reluctance about getting involved in the building of yet another sports venue in Houston; however, the fact that the bulk of the project will be paid for by the Dynamo has convinced the local governments to get involved in the project. While there are still a few details to work out, it no longer appears that local government reluctance is holding up stadium progress.

According to what has been said by Luck and others associated with the Houston Dynamo, stadium progress has been held up by financing. In the wake of last year’s economic collapses, the credit crunch that started hitting European clubs last summer has made its way to the United States making it difficult for the Dynamo to secure the necessary financing. The economic crisis has not been all bad news for the stadium though since the projected cost has fallen about $20 million.

This past weekend, the Dynamo’s high profile co-owner, Oscar de la Hoya, has been in Houston to promote the HBO Boxing After Dark event which took place at the Toyota Center on Saturday evening. In a video interview filmed by Allen Reid of KPRC Channel 2 in Houston, de la Hoya stated that the team was very close to “dotting that final i” and that “everything’s in place. . . . The City is in place, the funding is in place, everything is ready to go, and I’m sure we’ll be making an announcement pretty soon.” This is the first time I have heard anyone connected to the Dynamo indicate that the funding for the stadium is in place. If it was the financing that was holding up stadium progress, based on de la Hoya’s statement, it appears that hurdle has been overcome.

Another reason for expecting a stadium announcement this week is that if it does not happen soon, the Dynamo will not be moving into a new stadium in 2011. Earlier this summer, Luck acknowledged that if the Dynamo are going to be in a new stadium for the 2011 season, then groundbreaking and construction needs to begin this fall. While it’s still hitting the high nineties here in Houston, fall is quickly approaching and we are hitting the now or never time for an announcement that will pave the way for the Dynamo to have a new home in 2011.

No matter what the Dynamo announcement proves to be, you will be able to read about here at Major League Soccer Talk.

Monday Morning Update: a related article has appeared in the Houston Chronicle

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  1. soccer goals

    August 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    The Dynamo are poised to win the MLS Cup again.

  2. Berlin

    August 24, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I hope you are right. That would be great news.

  3. arnie

    August 23, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    one problem. $$$.

  4. Mexico is better

    August 23, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Ugh, why did Oscar have to join in with a usa team rather than a Mexican team. At least turn the Dynamo into an exclusively Hispanic brand. Ugh. You traitor, Oscar. I’m glad Pretty Boy Floyd whupped your ass.

    • TyMo

      August 23, 2009 at 11:46 pm

      How exactly is he a traitor? You do realize Oscar was born in the United States don’t you?

    • Cavan

      August 24, 2009 at 11:23 am

      The jokes just write themselves sometimes.

  5. Adam Edg

    August 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Robertson is only 20 minutes from Katy if you take the tollway. I stayed with some family in Katie and hit some UH games a couple of years ago when I was tring to get into grad school there. Not too bad of a location.

  6. Brian Zygo

    August 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    The stadium will be located in downtown Houston, just east of Highway 59. It’ll be close to Minute Maid Park, which is on the west side of Highway 59. There are several pubs in that area. In all reality, it won’t be too far from Robertson, but it’ll be closer to a freeway.

    Houston in general does not have the best public transit system; however, there are plans to build a light rail line that will have a station near the stadium. IAH, our main airport, is so far north, that you’ll never have much close to it. Hobby Airport, on the other hand, is not that far from Robertson stadium.

  7. TyMo

    August 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    @park boliver
    Robertson Stadium is less than a ten minute drive from downtown Houston, which also means it’s that close to both Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center. It is practically in the shadow of I-45 which puts it off of one of Houston’s main arteries, which incidentally is the primary route for most people to get to both Hobby and IAH. If Robertson were any more centrally located the mayor would have an office there.

    • park bolivar

      August 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm

      Coming from Louisiana here, using New Orleans as my counterexample. The Superdome is walking distance from the French Quarter and approximately twenty thousand hotel rooms.

      Robertson is walking distance from…. a couple of chicken shacks in the Third Ward, and nothing of note, and it still mandates a drive everywhere you go.

      Something across 45 from Minute Maid seems like the right thing to do (closer to hotels and … well, the Main Street corridor is all right, I suppose).

  8. park bolivar

    August 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    And, please, someplace close to where you can get a beer before/after the game!

  9. park bolivar

    August 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    And, my God… please put the stadium someplace close to anything. Robertson Stadium is so far from both airports, from downtown, from other stadia, and from public transit that it’s all but unusable for anybody but Houstonians.

    • DrJonS

      August 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm

      “Stadium is so far from both airports”

      It is a stones throw from Hobby. Well 10 miles 🙂 5.6 miles from Reliant stadium, and 3.6 miles from Tutti Fruitti park (minute maid). The problem is intercontinental is in the middle of nowhere. That is downright “next door” for Texas.
      Last rumors I heard there was talk of placing the soccer specific stadium across 59 from Minute maid/George R. Brown convention center….

  10. Erin

    August 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Think the friendly may be against Monarcas Morelia. That is a rumour I heard.

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