6.25.2010

The Roof, The Roof, K.C.'s Roof Is...

KCTOR

So this is what the Wizards new park is actually going to look like. No more artist renderings, no more architects blueprints...this is what they are getting and it's pretty damn special. Where would you place it in the pantheon of MLS stadia? Having only seen this, my premature evaluation places it in a tie for third with Rio Tinto Stadium behind Red Bull Arena and the HDC.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

that stadium is waaay better than rio tinto.

Anonymous said...

And HDC.

MLS Stadium Fan said...

SF - you know there are pills you can take for premature evaluation!! Cause you need them bro...this palace is gonna kick some serious a** over any other mls stadium. HDC? Really? Really? Better go get them pills quickly my friend!

KCB said...

SF, once you step inside, there is no going back to RBA. Feel envious yet? (okay, probably not RBA is Badass)

ambrown said...

Okay, that looks nice. But its also way out in the 'burbs. So are Rio Tinto and RBA. You've got to admit that the timbers' renovated digs will be one of the best places in the country to watch a game.

Also, TOR, have you seen the new Timbers logo? and by new, I mean, the one that came out TODAY after the fans asked for something a little less bush league?

old on the left, new on the right:
http://i46.tinypic.com/mjsqk4.jpg

Anonymous said...

The location kills this place. It looks nice, but across from a Furniture Mart in the suburbs of Kansas? Fail. If our small market teams can't get their stadiums in urban locations, that's not a good thing. This is going to be Commerce City 2.0. Take an already poorly received and attended team and build them a 20,000 seat stadium in the burbs. Let's see what happens.

And to "ambrown" - Red Bull Arena is in the burbs? You could literally punt a ball from the entrance gate to downtown Newark. You don't get much more urban than that.

Anonymous said...

It is a bit outside of KC, but it is about 20 minutes from Lawrence, KS which is home to KU so there is a market there.

The poorly attended team is often due to the fact that where they play now can only seat a bit over 10,000 anyway.

unbiased said...

sweet lookin' roof. even though this is only a picture of a model, it could end up having more character than pizza hut and dicks...

Anonymous said...

"The poorly attended team is often due to the fact that where they play now can only seat a bit over 10,000 anyway."

And they can't even sell that out regularly! Their poor attendance goes back before the baseball stadium too.

Morry said...

ku is a market? they don't even have a soccer team and it is a college town where a large number of students don't have extra money or cars?

you're logic must be a result of being an alum of said "higher" education location.

Justin said...

Kansas City is a small market. You can't expect them to out draw larger stadiums. Its more pathetic when New York isn't selling out Red Bull Arena when it has 10x the people within a 100 mile radius.

Justin said...

and by "out draw larger stadiums," I meant cities. I'm half asleep.

Patrick said...

That just shows you the league as a whole needs to step up. What does that say about your league when you have 30,000 in Seattle and 8-10,000 at Chivas, Dallas, New England. I think we as fans need to quit bashing markets and teams and start supporting one another to promote the sport and the league as a whole. Yes it is a little out of the way but Kansas City is a giant Suburb as a whole, people love their cars and would rather have the access in and out of the stadium rather than find a parking lot in downtown KC. Besides beggers can't be choosers, were lucky to have a great ownership group that has fought tooth and nail to get this project done, we have come along way from Arrowhead and now Community America Ballpark.

Anonymous said...

"were lucky to have a great ownership group that has fought tooth and nail to get this project done"

No, we would be lucky if this stadium fell through and we could add a real city that deserves a club like St. Louis or New York.

Anonymous said...

"No, we would be lucky if this stadium fell through and we could add a real city that deserves a club like St. Louis or New York."


Really? a "real" city? What has St. Louis done to prove they are a more deserving city than KC? Exactly how many people are attending the AC St. Louis games? They barely can stay a float financially. While I would love to see St. Louis in the league, taking away a market and starting over is not progress. And for New York, yes it would be nice for another team their, but they barley support the Red Bulls.

Anonymous said...

The Red Bulls are a New Jersey team based in Newark, not New York. Just cause they call themselves "New York" doesn't mean they are.

St. Louis not being able to stay afloat financially has nothing to do with that city not deserving a team. That's just Cooper's incompetence. No one says he or that ownership has to be involved with an MLS team.

Finnegan said...

The Timbers stadium is going to be the envy of MLS. It will have a the feel of a Highbury or any other urban stadium that has been built up in sections over the past 80 years.

No parking. Yep no parking except for 80 spaces for suite folks, public transit, bike and street only.

You can literally walk from about 5 pubs to the front gate in 3 minutes.

It's the anti - RBA, Qwest, HDC, Wizards park. Urban core (incidentally when the Whitecaps are done with their remodel they are gonna have the same thing).

Anonymous said...

@ Finnegan:

And turf. Case closed.

Finnegan said...

Turf sucks yes, but not alot of option on that front in a stadium that doesn't get enough sun due to it's downtown location (very tall buildings all around it, blocking the sun throughout much of the day (ironically the new stands will get the most sun) and the fact it's basically a story below ground (dug down to build it back in the day, like they did with alot of stadiums) and PSU pointy ball will have to play on it in the fall.

Maybe when PSU football finally folds and the technology exists to grow grass fast enough so that it rebounds from regular use in the rainy northwest we can have grass. I'm hoping for a Toronto FC situation.

Anonymous said...

FYI, I live in KC and I'm just curious when Kansas City became a suburb? The stadium is in Kansas City, KS folks.

Anonymous said...

"I'm just curious when Kansas City became a suburb?"

Uhh take a look around. It's in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a Furniture Mart across the street. That's a suburb. Maybe you'll get a Chuck E. Cheese soon.

"The stadium is in Kansas City, KS folks."

Is that supposed to be impressive? MI would have been a world better.

Anonymous said...

First of all, there is way more than just a furniture mart right next to it. Secondly there is much more development on its way to the area. Thirdly they tried to make it close to downtown but the economy and some public officials were not going to allow that to happen. There is more money and soccer communities in the general area of the new stadium. I don't know that this stadium will be any better or worse than the other stadiums, but for the community and soccer in general, this is a huge step. More people will come to the games. Will it completely fill up? Probably not, but it will be close. The Kansas City area is really starting to get into soccer more so and will continue to increase. Good for the organization, good for the community, and good for the sport and MLS!