SACRAMENTO – The second of four front runners to receive a Major League Soccer franchise has revealed an image of what its soccer-specific stadium could look like.
San Antonio has been mentioned among Sacramento, Las Vegas and Minneapolis as the likely destination for the league's next, and possibly last, expansion franchise. Home to the North American Soccer League's San Antonio Scorpions, the city has boasted strong support for professional soccer since the team's debut in 2010.
"The success of the San Antonio Scorpions and Toyota Field is providing compelling evidence that a professional soccer market exists here in San Antonio," City Councilman Mike 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."
The new stadium, which would be a renovation of their existing grounds, could cost in the range of $45 million and include a new upper tier with suites and new club seating areas, according to an NBC Sports report. The stadium would increase capacity from 8,000 to 18,000, per the report.
Las Vegas revealed design and funding plans for a $410 million soccer-specific stadium last week in hopes of catching Major League Soccer's eye. And while Vegas has no current team, their proposal ticks one of the boxes requested by MLS in terms of granting a city a franchise. Other criteria for MLS consideration include a committed and financially viable ownership group, city market size and an established local fan base, according to Wikipedia.
Sacramento and Minneapolis have yet to reveal plans for a new stadium.