Largest Soccer Stadium In the USA?
In May 2022, the largest soccer stadium in North America is slated to open in Nashville, Tennessee, just in the nick of time for the Nashville’s Soccer Club to play the Philadelphia Union. Ready to root for the home team? Following a disruption-filled path to completion, insiders are extra glad to have pinpointed the opening date.
Major League Soccer awarded Nashville an expansion team in 2017, and efforts to give the Nashville Soccer Club a worthy home stadium have had their ups and downs ever since. That explains why builders, team leaders and fans are extra enthusiastic about the announcement of a home opener. The Tennessean reports:
Construction on Nashville’s $335 million soccer stadium began in spring 2020 following a months-long delay. The stadium’s progress blew away MLS Commissioner Don Garber during his visit in August. The club’s contractor, Mortenson/Messer, completed the main stadium structure and concrete pours in August. Those two big elements, Ayre said, made it possible to finish the stadium structure ahead of time, which shortened the number of road games Nashville will have to play before the stadium is ready.
“Once we knew the substantial completion dates, we could work forward from there looking at the number of game weekends, and then established whether it was realistic to be on the road for a certain amount of time,” Ayre said.” If it (stadium completion) had been later, that wouldn’t have been possible.” Nobody’s got all the time in the world, right? Why not speed up—and expand—your bidding efforts? That’s what Colonial Surety’s unique Partnership Account® service will help you do. Pre-qualify for your written surety-line of credit today—and receive, for free, Dun & Bradstreet scores. Pre-Qualify and Receive Free Credit Scores Here.
Interesting to Know
The path to substantial completion of Nashville’s newest stadium was fraught with conflict. In fact, the construction effort made Construction Dive‘s list of this year’s “most contentious” projects: “Critics who wanted to preserve the Nashville Fairgrounds sued unsuccessfully in 2017 to keep construction from taking place. Cooper and the MLS also negotiated for a new deal, and the parties reached an agreement in 2020 for the Nashville Soccer Club to fund infrastructure around the stadium at $19 million, while the city would pay up to $35 million toward lease payments, according to an MLS release.”
Building for the Home Team?
It’s in style. On the East coast, new arenas are popping up in Nassau County and Buffalo New York. Not to be left out, Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena was completed just in time to host a 2021 National Hockey League home opener for the Kraken. Begun in 2018 and interrupted by the pandemic, builders on the massive renovation effort overcame numerous obstacles en route to hockey season. Normal has certainly shifted a lot since many of the large projects finishing up this year were begun. Especially with building underway during the height of the pandemic, new health and safety measures became increasingly important. For example, at the UBS Arena in Belmont New York, clean air flow efforts involved increased attention to innovations in ventilation and filtration systems. Meanwhile, the Seattle Kraken took the ice in a certified, net-zero carbon arena, powered by solar and wind energy. According to The New York Times, in addition to clear and renewable energy, The Kraken also plan to eliminate single-use plastics over time, have electric charging stations for vehicles—and encourage fans to collect rainwater for conversion to ice.
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