Friday, June 13, 2008

Stadium Update

We have another update on the Wizards stadium, thanks to Greg Cotton. Cotton was on The Program with Soren Petro today. I was unable to listen to the show, but a friend of mine was able to listen to it and sent me a write up on it. He also posted that write up on bigsoccer. Besides the basics that we already knew, including the total cost of the project, there will be youth fields used for more then just soccer, and the fact that we're still waiting on final approval, there are a few new things we learned today.

The latest update to date number on the size of the stadium is 19,000 according to Cotton with a roof on each side of the stadium, likely similar to Bridgeview and the future RSL stadium. The stadium will be surrounded by retail, 250,00 square feet, along with another 750,000 south of the stadium.

The time frame for construction of the stadium has changed. Construction is now set to begin in late summer early fall, with the stadium being the top priority of the development. It will take 14-16 months to complete development of the stadium, which still puts opening before the 2010 season. Cotton also said that if there are any delays, the Wizards will begin the 2010 season at CAB. I can't wait for construction to begin and to see Hillcrest Road on opening day of the 2010 season.

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