Pittsburgh took the first step towards developing a lasting professional soccer club in the community as plans were unveiled today detailing the 3,500 seat stadium to be built in Station Square.  The privately funded project is expected to break ground in March or April and could be ready for use as early as July.  The facility is expected to have an open view of the river as well as the Pittsburgh skyline, which will make the most of the city’s natural beauty.  The stadium will be host to Pittsburgh’s USL Pro club the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Highmark is expected to the naming sponsor of the stadium while #1 Cochran and Trib Total Media will also sponsor the facility.  The 3,500 seat stadium will leave room for future expansion and will initially boast 16 corporate suites.  Ticket prices will remain in the $10 range that they currently are for Riverhounds matches that currently take place at Chartiers Valley High School Stadium.  The new facility will have concessions as well as pub & grill for hungry fans.

The new $7 million facility will also be host to other sporting events thanks to its hybrid surface, but will have permanent soccer lining ensuring its primary purpose as a soccer stadium.  Design of the stadium was completed by ThenDesign Architecture (TDA).  Their past projects include the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, The Gilmour Academy Ice Arena in Gates Mills, Ohio, and Ice Land USA in Strongsville, Ohio.

The Riverhounds have been playing in Pittsburgh for over a decade after being founded in 1999, but have never had a facility of their own.  Their home has bounced around from a few local high schools and Washington, PA’s CONSOL Energy Park, but with this project means that soccer will finally have a home in the ‘Burgh.  The new stadium will already have a strong group of supporters to lead the fans; the Steel Army has been a fixture at Riverhounds games since their founding in 2007.

So with the solid foundation of community support, financial backing, and a stadium design that takes full advantage of its Pittsburgh surroundings, this project will soon bring soccer to the best sports fans in America.  I can’t wait to be cheering in a stand down by the river.