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Old August 10th, 2019, 12:53 AM   #16881
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Old August 10th, 2019, 07:53 PM   #16882
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Would have been cool to try and implement that hill into the stadium design. Maybe some sort of family sitting area.
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Old August 11th, 2019, 02:50 PM   #16883
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Cool looking little stadium. Out of curiosity, where would the players' change/locker rooms be located?
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Old August 11th, 2019, 10:36 PM   #16884
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Cool looking little stadium. Out of curiosity, where would the players' change/locker rooms be located?
Underneath the Loudon United stand?

The stadium looks cheap. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing for an MLS reserve side. Its pretty much all they need. Except where are they selling concessions from?
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Old August 12th, 2019, 03:55 PM   #16885
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Underneath the Loudon United stand?

The stadium looks cheap. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing for an MLS reserve side. Its pretty much all they need. Except where are they selling concessions from?
Yeah that was my thought too, just seemed though by the look of the photos that there would be a lot of scaffolding behind that stand!
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Old August 14th, 2019, 09:05 AM   #16886
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How do people like the DC united Stadium?
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Old August 14th, 2019, 01:09 PM   #16887
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How do people like the DC united Stadium?
Aesthetically it's not as good looking compared to the other recently opened soccer stadiums in the U.S. Something about the one tier seating at the back. But I'm sure the amenities are probably top notch. It must be a million times better than RFK though..
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Old August 14th, 2019, 05:13 PM   #16888
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How do people like the DC united Stadium?
From folks on another board the general consensus is it's workable. It does have a lot of the modern amenities, it's intimate and provides great views and capable of solid atmosphere, the location works, and it's something decidedly made for DCU. So it's home.

What they dislike is the lack of shade (most wish the awning went all the way around), most agree the one "open" corner looks odd, and they wish there was more space and "DCU stuff" outside the venue for people to gather before and after matches. One patron said it gives off minor league vibes and doesn't seem like it's worthy of, or capable of, hosting (WTTE) "a big time champion." I think that's the setting at play: Whereas other comparably sized MLS venues are set aside well enough that they stand out and people have plenty of space to tailgate and such, Audi Field can appear nondescript within this neighborhood. If the fans were to spill out after winning MLS Cup would that space be big enough/ Special enough for a celebration?

But context matters, too. This is a stadium that's in the heart of the District as fans wanted, it fits DCU's budget (MLS =/= Premier League), and it's definitively more optimal than RFK. The lingering hope is this is a functional stepping stone to either a renovated and expanded Audi Field a generation from now or something bigger and better elsewhere.
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Old August 15th, 2019, 01:03 AM   #16889
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How do people like the DC united Stadium?
It's one of the worst stadiums in MLS. I understand that DC fans and the club are happy they got a stadium, any stadium, built because RFK was untenable and their long-term future in the district was in doubt until they got a stadium built. They also had an especially small plot of land to build on that limited things. Even so, the stadium is terrible, both from a design standpoint and how the club has operated it.

Pros: It exists and, as a result, so does MLS in DC for the foreseeable future.
Cons: Everything else.
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Old August 15th, 2019, 01:15 AM   #16890
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One of the worst? Just a tad hyperbolic.

Dick's Sporting Goods Park(Colorado)
Dignity Health Sports Park(LA)
Mapfre Stadium (Columbus)
Rio Tinto Stadium(RSL)
Seat Geek Stadium(Chicago)
Talen Energy Stadium(Philadelphia)
Yankee Stadium

There may be more based on one's taste, but these are the stadiums that Audi Field is no doubt better than.
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Old August 15th, 2019, 02:41 AM   #16891
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The problem for audi field is that it was built in an era of much better looking new MLS stadiums, so it will be looked down on because of that.
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Old August 15th, 2019, 05:24 PM   #16892
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The problem for audi field is that it was built in an era of much better looking new MLS stadiums, so it will be looked down on because of that.
Pretty much this. A generation ago Chicago's Toyota Stadium was the future for MLS, an upgrade over the stripped down Crew Stadium. Now by comparison that venue is viewed as bare bones. Audi Field is an upgrade over Chicago's current home but not quite at the front of design that some other venues have shown. Thus, it's viewed with a more critical eye by default.

Bottom line, the venues for MLS teams are steadily improving.

Related note: It will be interesting to see what, if anything, NYCFC offers from a design standpoint. Sure the Emirate has money but with each year the costs and expectations for a good MLS venue goes up. Will they feel the need to compromise on the design side in order to save some money a la DCU?
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Old August 15th, 2019, 08:32 PM   #16893
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One of the worst? Just a tad hyperbolic.

Dick's Sporting Goods Park(Colorado)
Dignity Health Sports Park(LA)
Mapfre Stadium (Columbus)
Rio Tinto Stadium(RSL)
Seat Geek Stadium(Chicago)
Talen Energy Stadium(Philadelphia)
Yankee Stadium

There may be more based on one's taste, but these are the stadiums that Audi Field is no doubt better than.

Woah, stop just there, this is unfair - what about Toyota Stadium, Dallas (Frisco)? I haven't seen the latest renovation attempt but that place is was creaking long ago.
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Old August 15th, 2019, 10:12 PM   #16894
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The problem for audi field is that it was built in an era of much better looking new MLS stadiums, so it will be looked down on because of that.
The problem with Audi Field is that its an ugly, awkwardly put together building. The competition is a lot stronger than it used to be but just on its own merits, its poorly composed, looks cheap and has clunky proportions.

Orlando built a rather simple, but solid stadium that isn't ground breaking design, but is a very practical, pleasant, well put together stadium. Audi field had a much bigger budget and is actively ugly IMO. Stadiums like Rio Tinto, Exploria Stadium or Dignity Health are plain, this is bad. And if you start comparing it to Banc of California, Allianz Field or Children's Mercy Park its miles behind the curve. Even Avaya in San Jose, which was done as cheaply as possible is better composed than this.

In their defense they had an awkward little site to work with, some underground utilities that couldn't be moved and a notoriously difficult city to work with when it comes to getting a building up, but its an actively ugly building.
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Old August 17th, 2019, 12:10 AM   #16895
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Woah, stop just there, this is unfair - what about Toyota Stadium, Dallas (Frisco)? I haven't seen the latest renovation attempt but that place is was creaking long ago.
Good catch, completely forgot that one. A turd of a stadium indeed.
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Old August 17th, 2019, 12:22 AM   #16896
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Good catch, completely forgot that one. A turd of a stadium indeed.
"A turd" would be Oakland Coliseum.

Toyota Stadium was renovated and added the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame... for some reason.
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One of the worst? Just a tad hyperbolic.

Dick's Sporting Goods Park(Colorado)
Dignity Health Sports Park(LA)
Mapfre Stadium (Columbus)
Rio Tinto Stadium(RSL)
Seat Geek Stadium(Chicago)
Talen Energy Stadium(Philadelphia)
Yankee Stadium

There may be more based on one's taste, but these are the stadiums that Audi Field is no doubt better than.
Most of those stadiums are better than Audi Field. From design, to activation of space, to allocation of seats, most of those are solid and get the job done. They're not groundbreaking or among the best in MLS, but DSG, DHSP, Rio Tinto, Seat Geek and Talen Energy are all better than Audi and easily so.
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Old August 20th, 2019, 03:41 AM   #16898
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We will have to agree to disagree then.
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Old August 21st, 2019, 07:17 AM   #16899
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MLS to add St. Louis as 28th team:

https://www.stltoday.com/sports/socc...40e474547.html
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The new downtown home for USL Championship club Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC will play host to the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship in 2021, it was announced on Wednesday.

The championships, which are typically held a weekend apart in early December, is the first prestige soccer event added to the new venue’s schedule, with the Switchbacks anticipated to begin play at the 8,000-seat facility in spring of the 2021 Championship season.

The new venue, which is set to begin construction in November near the intersection of Cimarron and Sierra Madre in downtown Colorado Springs, is one of the outstanding new venues currently in planning or construction by Championship clubs.
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