USL soccer club San Diego Loyal SC has unveiled plans to build a 15,000-seat modular stadium.
The proposed stadium for the SD Loyal would serve as a temporary home for up to a decade while the club continues to grow its fanbase.
The stadium has been put forward as part of a process initiated by the City of San Diego to redevelop the Sports Arena site in the Midway-Pacific Highway neighbourhood of the Californian city.
SD Loyal serves as a partner on the Midway Sport and Entertainment District (MSED) team. MSED is a community-centric vision for a vibrant mixed-use space to revitalise an aging area of San Diego.
In addition to the new temporary soccer stadium, it features a music venue, housing, retail, restaurants and it is anchored by a new 12-acre public park.
The modular stadium, which can seat up to 15,000 fans, is included in Phase 1 of the MSED plan and would break ground in 2022. Once completed, this stadium will be the welcoming home for the SD Loyal and its fans for 7 to 10 years while the team works with the community to secure a permanent location in San Diego.
President of the SD Loyal, Warren Smith, said:
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Midway Sports and Entertainment District project and are proud to be asked to participate in such an innovative concept.
We want our club to continue to be a pillar in the community by creating passion for active sports and healthy living. We’re looking forward to the positive impact a project like this will have on the San Diego community by making it an even better place to live, work and play.
Development on the project, designed by long-time San Diegans, would occur in three phases and is set to be completed by 2029. Smith added:
Our club cares for the growth of our San Diego community and the new district project provides a great opportunity to transform an underutilized area into a place that celebrates our passion for fun and fitness.
Our hope is that integrating with such a mixed-use space will help grow the fan base for not only the SD Loyal team but for soccer in general. San Diego is one of the largest soccer areas, and we want to reinvigorate fan passion for the sport.
Image courtesy of San Diego Loyal SC.