11 News is showing some rough images of that new Dynamo soccer stadium planned for a site just east of Downtown, bordering Texas, Dowling, Hutchens, and Walker:
â€œWe think itâ€™s about an $80 to $85 million stadium. (It will have) 21,000 seats, but nothing fancy though. Itâ€™s very functional,â€ said Dynamo GM Oliver Luck. . . . “Itâ€™s gonna be much more fan friendly in terms of concessions and restrooms and some of those things that we just donâ€™t really have over at Robertson Stadium. Most importantly, itâ€™s going to be much easier to get to in terms of the parking and access. A rail line will literally run right next to the stadium,â€ said Luck.
The stadium would be funded in part by revenues from a new TIRZ. TSU would also play its football games in the facility, kicking in $2.5 million in return:
â€œWeâ€™re gonna have our own locker rooms. Weâ€™re gonna share the sales for concessions, on ticket sales so itâ€™s gonna be the home of the Texas Southern University Fighting Tigers,â€ said [TSU Athletic Director Charles] McClelland.
The players should take to the new field in the first part of 2011.