KHOU -- who, not coincidentally, happens to have just become a new "partner" with the Houston Dynamo -- had an exclusive look last night at artists' renderings of the proposed new soccer stadium near Minute Maid Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center.
It's a space-ship-looking thingy, very futuristic. And it probably won't look anything like the drawings at all, Dynamo spokesman Rocky Harris tells Hair Balls.
The team has yet to choose an architect to design the facility, for one thing.
"Nothing's been finalized or approved -- it'll probably change three, five ten times before it's over," he says. "This just gives fans an idea what it might look like." (What it looks like in the above picture is the least-likely place we'd want to be for an August day game.)
The stadium, which Dynamo GM Oliver Luck says will cost between $80-85 million, also apparently will have a light-rail station next to it when it opens, if this picture can be believed.
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The Dynamo are currently waiting for the county to approve the deal; the county has indicated it will once the city agrees to a couple of conditions that are not expected to be dealbreakers.
The county will put in $10 million for the project, as will the city (with TIRZ money).
The stadium will seat about 21,000 and should open by 2011, Harris says.
-- Richard Connelly