This post helps you plan football trips to the 3 news stadiums that will have their first matches in the 2019 MLS season.
3 MLS teams will be playing at new stadiums in 2019 so Ground Hoppers have an opportunity to visit 3 new grounds.
- FC Cincinnati will play their first MLS regular season home match at Nippert Stadium on March 17 when they face the Portland Timbers (5 pm | FS1).
- Minnesota United’s Allianz Field opens its doors on April 13 against NYCFC (5 pm ET | ESPN2).
- Portland Timbers’ Providence Park, undergoing renovations, will re-open on June 1 against LAFC (10:30 pm ET | ESPN2).
For the 2019 and 2020 Seasons FC Cincinnati will play at Nippert Stadium while they build a new stadium in the West End of the City
Carson Field at Nippert Stadium has been the venerable home of the University of Cincinnati football team since 1901 and provides the Bearcats with one of the best home-field environments in college football.
The third-oldest NCAA FBS stadium entered a new era in 2015 following the completion of a 20-month, $86-millon, privately funded renovation and expansion project. The reopening of Nippert Stadium coincides with the 100th anniversary of the 1915 original construction of the facility.
Through numerous renovations, the structure situated in the middle of the Clifton campus has retained its early-century brickwork, wrought iron gates, and trim giving Nippert a comfortable old-time stadium charm and appeal, while remaining a classic showplace for college football.
The reopening of Nippert Stadium coincided with the 100th anniversary of the 1915 original construction of the facility. Construction was completed in 1924
Allianz Field will initially hold approximately 19,400 fans with avenues for expansion in the future. Included in the United seating plan is safe standing space in a dedicated Supporters Section along with a variety of suites, club seats, loge boxes and general seating.
Fan sections will be covered by a 360-degree canopy that will serve two purposes: to keep the noise of the crowd contained within Allianz Field and to protect fans from the elements throughout a match. Approximately 85% of the crowd will be protected from inclement weather by a translucent polymer mesh rainscreen.
Allianz Field is being built with fans as the top priority. As such, every seat in the stadium will provide fantastic sight lines to all the action on the pitch. The closest seat will be 17 feet away from the pitch, while the farthest seat from the sideline will be just 125 feet away—providing one of the most intimate settings in all of professional sports. The steep rake (33.4 degrees in the upper bowl and 34.75 degrees in the Supporters Section) will put fans right on top of the action.
Providence Park originally opened as Multnomah Stadium in 1926 and now stands as the best place to watch soccer in the United States
ith inspiration from London’s Shakespearean Globe Theatre and La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Allied Works created a way to leave the current seats untouched and add a triple-deck seating option with a new roof. The design required a new agreement with the city that allows for the concrete supports to extend into the sidewalk outside the stadium and create a pedestrian arcade of 11 feet high both inside and outside the stadium footprint along the city street.
Golub says the roughly 4,000 seats will come online for the 2019 season and push capacity in the venue just over 25,000, still within the range the rest of the historic venue can handle.
With every home MLS game ever hosted by the Timbers a sellout and over 13,000 fans on the season-ticket waiting list (in addition to the Thorns averaging nearly 18,000 fans), Golub says the organization looks forward to getting some folks off the Timbers waiting list and into the venue. Based on priority, those already holding tickets can opt to move to the new seats and once everyone has sorted out their seats, prospective season-ticket holders will get invited into the stadium.