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This week's HBJ has an article saying that "only minor hurdles remain before construction could begin this fall" on the new Dynamo Stadium.

Also, "Two other key parts of the stadium completion puzzle have fallen into place, including the hiring of New York firm Populous as project designer. Populous created the design for the two palatial baseball stadiums that opened this year in New York, including the new Yankee Stadium, as well as Citi Field, home to the New York Mets.

The Dynamo stadium will include an upper and lower bowl structure, with a club seating area and 32 or 34 suites.

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Also, "Two other key parts of the stadium completion puzzle have fallen into place, including the hiring of New York firm Populous as project designer. Populous created the design for the two palatial baseball stadiums that opened this year in New York, including the new Yankee Stadium, as well as Citi Field, home to the New York Mets.

imo, this is good news!

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"The area for the stadium will be pretty tight, because the six blocks run quite long but are narrow, but they've come up with a rough design that shows the area can adequately serve a stadium," says Luck, who points out that the proposed downtown rail line extension would stop at the north end of the venue."

That's great - the area itself is barely large enough for a stadium. You would think they would try and identify an area that didn't force them to squeeze and scrimp to make it work.

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That's great - the area itself is barely large enough for a stadium. You would think they would try and identify an area that didn't force them to squeeze and scrimp to make it work.

it's all a setup for Houston's next Engineering Marvel

:P:wub:

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They should just put it by TSU-- since TSU will be playing in the stadium too. I'd love to see several acres of land by TSU turned into a stadium and parking lots!

I'll second that one. They may have found land for a stadium but there was obviously no planning on the parking side for the proposed area!

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I think they plan to share parking with Astros? There is hardly ever over lap in games so no big deal.

Plus the crowds are much smaller at 20,000 so should not be a problem.

Lets just get the stadium done, its too important for all sorts of economic / social / prestige to Houston etc reasons to mess around any longer

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I'll second that one. They may have found land for a stadium but there was obviously no planning on the parking side for the proposed area!

Ducky, I understand you don't want this stadium in your back yard, but you really should check your facts. They have indeed made plans "on the parking side for the proposed area". They will use the Astros lots. As HoustonRanger said above, the Dynamo stadium will be approximately 1/2 the size of MinuteMaid Park, so there should not be much of a problem (plus there will be a Metro Rail station at one end of the Dynamo Stadium, providing additional relief.

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Maybe in the rest of the country, soccer isn't relevant - But Houston is part of the exception due to the high Latin American expat population.

Which is why the choice of old Chinatown and a predominantly Vietnamese area makes lots of sense. :huh:

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Don't turn on ESPN or in 30 minutes, then...or tomorrow afternoon.

Oh, or tomorrow night. Or this weekend.

EDIT: IT'S RELEVANT NOW!!!!!!!

US Stuns #1 Spain!

Only because we won A game...it'll go away as quickly as it was interesting. Soccer needs more stats, there's nothing to follow except goals, and those are so few and far between there's nothing to cover. When missed shots are highlights, your sport is lame.

I am glad they are building the stadium, it's good for the area. I might even go to a game because I heard they are fun.

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The demographics of your ZIP code seem to undercut your argument.

http://www.movoto.com/neighborhood/tx/houston/77003.htm

I agree with what you're saying, but in all fairness, those demographics are obsolete.

And Ducky, there were historically plenty of ethnically Asian businesses in the east downtown warehouse district, but--as the description suggests--there was never really a huge Asian population.

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The thread subtitle could use a change, barring some cataclysmic development.

And seeing as the stadium site is within walking distance of the Second Ward, it's definitely convenient to at least one large segment of the Latino community.

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The COH is on the Planning Commissions agenda today for the Amateur Sports Park. This is heavily tied into the Dynamo, right?

I'm guessing if they're going forward on this, the stadium is as good as done. That's what I'd like to think at least.

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"The COH is on the Planning Commissions agenda today for the Amateur Sports Park. This is heavily tied into the Dynamo, right?"

Sorry, can you explain what this is? what amatuer sports park? Is this this youth park / training facility for dynamo or something?

Any links or more info on this? Would love to see it done, a city the size of Houston desperately needs more youth facilities

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"The COH is on the Planning Commissions agenda today for the Amateur Sports Park. This is heavily tied into the Dynamo, right?"

Sorry, can you explain what this is? what amatuer sports park? Is this this youth park / training facility for dynamo or something?

Any links or more info on this? Would love to see it done, a city the size of Houston desperately needs more youth facilities

The sport complex is the training facility (around 288 & beltway 8), they're somewhat seperated though. Will also serve as youth/public facilities built in conjunction with COH, HCC & a church. More info/cross reference: http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/in...showtopic=16543 and http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/stories...ml?ana=from_rss

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I agree with what you're saying, but in all fairness, those demographics are obsolete.

And Ducky, there were historically plenty of ethnically Asian businesses in the east downtown warehouse district, but--as the description suggests--there was never really a huge Asian population.

I'm just talking about the immediate area around the proposed site. I can walk to a number of Asian grocery stores and restaurants. It's just what is right there. If you go a couple of miles from there, yes you'll find a broad demographic and some great Hispanic neighborhoods.

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I'm just talking about the immediate area around the proposed site. I can walk to a number of Asian grocery stores and restaurants. It's just what is right there. If you go a couple of miles from there, yes you'll find a broad demographic and some great Hispanic neighborhoods.

You can't live at a grocery store or restaurant. Old predominantly-Hispanic Second Ward neighborhoods are within 1/4-mile of the stadium site, however, just across the railroad tracks, in the vicinity of Settegast Park. Predominantly-black neighborhoods don't kick in until about a mile away, either to the northeast or south, and they're separated from the stadium's neighborhood by freeways and a veritable river.

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I suspect the image isn't of accurate proportion and that the stadium will appear to be noticeably taller than that in real life.

If they sink it into the ground they shouldn't need to go above 4 or 5 stories. Anything taller would be overkill. And those silly white tents they put on everything these days (airports, etc) are probably great during hurricanes.

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Well its a soccer-specific stadium in the US, and with these types of stadiums quality isn't as much as a priority...

although newer MLS stadiums are reversing this trend....

besides its a nice,subtle design....

At this stage its more of a question of just lets get this thing built and keep the team here in Houston where they belong; sadly any other considerations are now secondary. So if this means that we have to compromise on aesthetics etc then so be it.

Go Dynamo!

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In the spirit of building a new stadium, I found this book that might be an interesting read...

Field of Schemes is a play-by-play account of how the drive for new sports stadiums and arenas drains $2 billion a year from public treasuries for the sake of private profit. While the millionaires who own sports franchises have seen the value of their assets soar under this scheme, taxpayers, urban residents, and sports fans have all come out losers, forced to pay both higher taxes and higher ticket prices for seats that, thanks to the layers of luxury seating that typify new stadiums, usually offer a worse view of the action. The stories in Field of Schemes, from Baltimore to Cleveland and Minneapolis to Seattle and dozens of places in between, tell of the sports-team owners who use their money and their political muscle to get their way, and of the stories of spirited local groups—like Detroit’s Tiger Stadium Fan Club and Boston’s Save Fenway Park!—that have fought to save the games we love and the public dollars our cities need.

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wow, I can't see how they don't pull the trigger on the stadium.

$20,000,000 in infrastructure (replace old and busted with new hotness) that the city pays.

$60,000,000 for the stadium that the dynamo itself pays.

and the city and county will own the stadium?

why is this even a question, both projects, the infrastructure, and the stadium itself will create jobs and revenue in the city, not to mention the jobs and revenue that are created specific to the area that would be seen after completion.

maybe I'm missing something?

or is it an all or nothing kind of deal where all 4 things are part of the same thing? that would suck.

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