Tuesday, February 6, 2018

SaberCats Working With Houston On Stadium Deal

The future home of the Houston SaberCats took another step forward this week according to the Houston Chronicle. The SaberCats have always wanted to build a stadium of their own and have eyed  the Houston Amateur Sports Park south of the city for awhile as their target destination. The Houston Dynamo use the facility as their practice facility and it is also the home of numerous youth soccer teams. The first Elite City Sevens was held at the complex several years back.

The SaberCats want to build a 3,500 seat stadium and add two new practice facilities. In exchange the SaberCats want the city to give them $3.2 million to reimburse them for the cost of installing a new parking lot. Parking has been a problem at the facility and according to Houston Chief Development Office Andy Icken the city was going to have to pay for parking anyway and this way not only do they get that new parking lot but they also get a new facility that the SaberCats will pay for. The cost of the stadium is approximately $5 million.  On the surface it seems like a win-win for the SaberCats and Houston but funding for sports teams and their facilities can be a tricky subject.

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