We have Phoenix Rising MLS stadium renderings that were released today, as the USL club continues its quest to land an expansion team down the line.
“The renderings really bring the stadium to life,” said Brett Johnson, co-chairman for Phoenix Rising FC. “We are excited for the fans to see the innovative, one-of-a-kind design with special attention paid to maximizing shade and airflow in the stadium to ensure player and fan comfort.”
Designed by Populous and Gould Evans, the stadium was developed in anticipation of the announcement of the MLS expansion teams and takes inspiration from the intimacy and energy of European soccer stadiums. With approximately 21,000 seats and a 360-degree concourse, Phoenix Rising fans will not miss a minute of the on-field action.
The asymmetrical design places the majority of seats on the west side and provides ample shade. Stadium entrances are strategically shaped to maximize airflow, featuring water walls to cool patrons as they enter. Expansive, breathable canopies will cover the bowl, concourse andarea surrounding the stadium to maximize player and fan comfort while amplifying the energy and excitement within the stadium.
“We want Phoenix Rising fans to have a game day experience that is second-to-none, so comfort and first-class amenities are top priorities,” said Scott Capstack, principal at Populous. “From the four unique seating sections to diverse social spaces, this stadium will be the standard-bearer for soccer in the southwest.”
“The proposed design will be environmentally and culturally relevant to Arizona,” said Krista Shepherd principal for Gould Evans. “We wanted to create a stadium that Phoenicians will be proud of and will offer our community a year-round state-of-the-art entertainment destination.”
Phoenix is one of 11 cities competing for three MLS expansion slots, which are scheduled to be announced in 2018. Right now MLS is still evaluating bids, and while Phoenix Rising FC wasn’t among the current list of finalists (Sacramento, Detroit, Cincinnati), MLS is planning more expansion down the line.
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