St. Louis CITY SC shares updated renderings of Stadium District, practice fields, training facility
On Thursday, St. Louis CITY SC announced updated renditions of the club’s plans for its stadium district. The St. Louis MLS expansion team is slated to begin the game in 2023. A stadium is under construction in Downtown West, designed by the St. Louis-based architecture firm HOK and Julie Snow, co-founder of Snow Kreilich Architects.
The district plans include a first-team training and performance center and the club’s academy, as well as three practice fields. One of the fields will be turf and the other two will be natural turf. There will also be a keeper-specific training area. The updates include a team store, a fan pavilion and a club headquarters. CITY will renovate the Union Square Plaza building at 326 S. 21st Street to house its headquarters.
“Our updated Stadium District Map not only gives us a special home advantage by creating a central hub for CITY, it also expands our presence and will continue to act as a catalyst for further developments in Downtown West,” said Carolyn Kindle Betz, Chief Executive Officer of St Louis CITY SC, in a press release.
The inspiration for the training center came from the Bundesliga and Premier League, including Hamburg and Manchester City. The training facility will host players from both the first team and the academy so the youngsters can see how the professionals train. “This will increase their motivation and ambition as we work to build the best academy and development system in North America to continuously promote high-level talent to our first team,” said CIT Sports Director Lutz Pfannenstiel in a press release. Team and academy players will eat in the same dining area as well.
Check out the following renders: