Drew Shaw Posted February 13, 2012 Share Posted February 13, 2012 I was in the FC Edmonton office the other day and couldn't help but notice three sets of stadium seats. They appeared to be samples...for a new stadium? In fact, one set of seats had the FC Edmonton logo on the seat back. I would love to see something in the 10,000-20,000 seat range built downtown as part of the arena development. If space is tight there, how about in the Quarters redevelopment with the expanded LRT line passing through. I know that edmonton soccer?is planning a mega outdoor complex, but it's likely to be on the far west boundary of the city. I hope FC E isn't getting involved with that. 10-20,000 is too large for D2 soccer. The way to go for Edmonton, Calgary, Hamilton, and Ottawa is stadiums that have a great little 4500 or so main stand, complete with full amenities and broadcast facilities. Put in 2 x 500 seat end zones (one for families, one for a supporters club). Put temporary bleachers holding about 1000 people on the far side, to ensure there is atmosphere around the whole field. Why this is ideal is that is allows a team to make money, without building a White Elephant that costs too much up front, or is half empty at the critical early period when the facility opens, and when casual fans are making decisions about whether or not something is "big-league" enough to attract their interest. Temporary seating on the far side allows for a second 4500 seat stand to be built in the future, if demand for it is warranted, OR in the Pie-in-the-sky fantasy that Edm, Cgy, or Ott are actually considered for MLS, you could build a 10,000 seat stand on that far side, and then enlarge the original main stand and end zone seating. Owners and potential owners in Edmonton, Calgary, Hamilton and Ottawa need to understand and accept that there will not be any more Canadian teams in MLS. At 3 (out of 19) teams, Canada currently has 1/6th of MLS teams, despite having only 1/10th of the population of the combined US and Canada. At one million residents, Edm, Cgy and Mtl are smaller than many US cities without MLS teams that are much larger, including Miami, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Baltimore, Phoenix, Saint Louis, Minneapolis, Detroit. The reality is that the next step in Canadian soccer needs to be stable and viable D2 soccer in the next four largest Canadian urban areas: Cgy, Edm, Ham, and Ott. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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