The Houston To-Be-Determineds of MLS have a new, temporary home for next season.
[Franchise owner] AEG also announced the team will play at the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium when the 2006 MLS season begins April 1.
UH athletic director Dave Maggard said a three-year deal will keep the team at Robertson until the end of the '08 season.
"I would guess that they would want to stay much longer (at Robertson) because they're going to save a lot of money," Maggard said.
But [AEG president and CEO Tim] Leiweke emphasized the franchise intends to use Robertson as a temporary home.
"Our goal long-term is to find a private-public partnership to build a soccer stadium complex in Houston," Leiweke said. "We have several options that are already on the table."
Leiweke did not elaborate on the options being discussed, but they are likely to include the city and a school district.
I seem to remember somewhere in the hype around Reliant Stadium when it was built that it was designed to handle an MLS franchise too if the time came. Well, it's come. What's up? Is this just a matter of strong-arming McNair to give some concession and parking revenue rights to the MLS team? (or heck, just become the local owner they're looking for) Whatever it is, it's got to be cheaper than building a new stadium. (or, worst case, making a few modifications to the Astrodome)
As for Fyre's suggestion about Minute Maid or the Toyota Center, the former is impractical because MLB and MLS play more or less concurrently, and I'd be willing to bet that the latter is too small to fit a regulation-size soccer field in it, at least without removing any seats. The Dome is a better prosect than either of them.Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 17, 2005 to Other sports | TrackBack