As outlined in a new feasibility study, a new Tacoma soccer stadium could be part of a larger $300 million public-private project that includes athletic fields and new development.
Tacoma is currently home to the NWSL’s Reign FC and USL Championship’s Tacoma Defiance, both of which play at Cheney Stadium. Reign and Defiance share Cheney Stadium with Minor League Baseball’s Tacoma Rainiers (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), but long-term plans have called for both clubs to eventually move into a new soccer-specific stadium built on land surrounding their current home.
Details about how a new stadium project could take shape were released on Tuesday, when city officials were presented the results of a feasibility study. A $300 million project, The Heidelberg Sports Complex would include the new 5,550-seat soccer-specific stadium at the current Cheney Stadium campus, along with a multi-field athletic complex, and a mixed-use sports village development.
The stadium accounts for just a portion, about $60 million, of the project’s total cost. Funding has not been finalized, though the study notes that the project could be paid for through a public-private partnership. More from the Tacoma News Tribune:
The study anticipates the project be both publicly and privately funded, but no funding avenue has been determined. Approximately $269 million in potential funding sources have been identified, with $52 million in private funding and not subject to voter approval.
The study pointed out that other sports venues, such as T-Mobile Park and Century Link Stadium, were created from public and private funds….
The proposed stadium would be located on the 34-acre Heidelberg/Davis complex owned by Metro Parks, adjacent to Foss High School. The idea is to have the stadium be publicly owned but privately operated by the Soccer Club of Tacoma.
The stadium is expected to attract 127,000 attendees annually.
Surrounding development could include housing and retail. In addition, plans call for a 60,000-square-foot clinic built by MultiCare Health System that would connect to the stadium. Should the plans move forward as outlined in the study, the stadium would be part of a phase completed in 2021.