There's going to be a new stadium in Pittsburgh by the end of the summer.
Have no fear, nothing is going to happen to PNC Park or Heinz Field, and of course we also have the Consol Energy Center. What we don't have is a home for two of the other pro sports teams that call Pittsburgh home.
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a member of the United Soccer League, announced plans to build a $7 million dollar stadium on the site of the Trib Total Media Ampitheater in Station Square. The 3,500 seat stadium will be financed privately, which is a nice departure from how stadiums usually get built with taxpayer money in this town.
In addition to the Riverhounds, the Pittsburgh Passion women's football team will also play their home games there in the future. The stadium will also hold concerts and other local events, which should help boost the economy.
The Riverhounds have not had their own home since they started play in 1999. Recently they have been calling Chartiers Valley High School their home. It should be a nice boost to finally have a place to call their own.
The Passion should also get a nice boost as they move from historic Cupples Stadium in the South Side and head one mile down the river.
I like the location for this stadium because there should be a lot more parking and easier access at Station Square, plus fans can also park downtown and take the "T" over to Station Square.
There is also a lot of entertainment options at Station Square which should see a nice boost as a result of the new stadium.
Highmark has the naming rights to the stadium and Trib Total Media and #1 Cochran will also be contributing financially. If you want to see a few pictures of what the stadium is going to look like check them out over at www.riverhounds.com