Houston Dynamo (MLS) and Houston Dash (NWSL) owner Ted Segal announced another major round of PNC Stadium upgrades, including mesh seating and an expanded club.
The PNC Stadium upgrades are expected to be completed for the 2023 MLS season.
As noted, the major changes will take place in two categories: new mesh seating and an expanded club. We’ve seen mesh seating in other sports venues, with many partial installations, but PNC Stadium’s installation will be noteworthy in that it will be the first installation of mesh seating throughout the entire seating bowl–the first such soccer-specific stadium installation in America. If you’ve not had the pleasure, the mesh seats from 4Topps and DreamSeat do significantly up the comfort level in an outdoor venue; they’re billed as being up to 30 degrees cooler than traditional stadium seats. They’ll be used both in the seating bowl as well as the existing PNC Club on the west side of the stadium and new outdoor club seating.
Speaking of new outdoor seating, the east side of the stadium will be reconfigured to create a new air-conditioned, premium all-inclusive club area dubbed the East Club. This new area will include the three centermost sections of the east sideline lower level and hold a capacity of 824 guests, opening into a climate-controlled club area offering an all-inclusive experience with premium food options and a dedicated bar serving beer, wine and cocktails along with non-alcoholic beverages.
The East Club will also feature nine loge boxes, offering individuals and companies the opportunity to entertain guests in a semi-private space with access to all of the all-inclusive benefits of the East Club. Each loge box seats eight guests.
“As I have said since my first day, one of our biggest priorities is to enhance the game day experience for our supporters,” Segal said via press release. “These improvements to PNC Stadium will allow us to improve the experience for every person who walks through our gates, draw more fans to the stadium and in turn give our players a stronger home-field advantage. This project will also make our facility a more active and engaged community asset that serves as a more attractive destination for additional soccer and non-soccer events.”
PNC Stadium opened in 2012 as BBVA Compass Stadium before undergoing a name change in 2021. This is the second set of major upgrades to PNC Stadium under Segal: the first came this year, with the conversion of the Supporters Section on the north end of the stadium into a Safe Standing area, the conversion of two areas of the south end of the stadium into all-inclusive premium seating areas (the Shell Energy Sports Deck and the Pitch Zone).
Renderings courtesy Houston Dynamo.