San Antonio Scorpions announce stadium expansion with eyes on MLS
The North American Soccer League's San Antonio Scorpions announced plans for a major expansion of home venue Toyota Stadium on Tuesday.
In a press release, the team says the expansion is designed in "in the interest of elevating [the Scorpions] to the highest professional level." According to the Scorpions, San Antonio city council member Mike Gallagher and four other councilmen support a council resolution that would affirm the desire to bring MLS to San Antonio.
The proposed renovations would increase Toyota Stadium's seating capacity from 8,000 to 18,000, largely through the addition of a 9,000-seat upper tier. The number of suites would be increased from 14 to 32, and three new stadium clubs would be added, along with a light beam in the southeast corner that would be turned on during matches and would turn red when the team scores or wins.
The expansion is expected to cost $38-$45 million.
The Scorpions played their first game in 2013. The team is run by Soccer for a Cause, a group supporting special-needs causes. The Scorpions donate all net profits to a non-profit theme park designed for special-needs individuals.
San Antonio is first in the NASL with 19 points this season.
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