The place where our soccer club's future players will practice, and fans visit, has now be revealed.
Today, St. Louis City SC held a media roundtable to reveal and discuss the plans for the area South of Market Street. Plans call for three training pitches, a team store and pavilion, and a state of the art facility so the players can workout, meet and more. In addition to this, Clark Avenue will be connected to near Union Station, creating a new connection that helps to heal the City's street grid. The South of Market area is all being built on former entrance and exit ramps for Interstate 64.
Two of the practice pitches will have natural grass while the one South of Clark Avenue will be artificial turf. All three will not be open to the public. The training facility building will include the main locker room for City SC, a theater, kitchen, dining spaces, a workout room, and more that connect directly to player wellness. The workout room will have garage doors that can open up to let the outside, inside on nice days. Presently, a tunnel is being built under Market Street and will serve as a back of house facility, including loading dock services. Team members will also be able to use the tunnel as it connects to the practice fields.
The team pavilion, which will be built across the street from the Stadium on Market Street, will include the flagship team store as well as a second floor flex space that can be used for meetings, special events and more. The pavilion will be open year-round. A parking lot will be built on the West side of the pavilion and will be accessed via driveway.
In addition to the practice facilities and pavilion structure, City SC announced that they have acquired the Union Square Plaza building at 326 South 21st Street. This building will house 150 employees and be their team headquarters. The 5-story building sits at the Southernmost end of the Stadium District Zone and was most recently occupied by the Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climbing Gym. Additionally, streetscape improvements and protected bike lanes will weave their way throughout the district and neighborhood to allow better connections to the surrounding City.
All components of the Stadium District are to be completed by the Summer of 2022. City SC will have their first game at the Stadium in March 2023.
The roundtable was attended by City SC Chief Experience Officer, Matt Sebek, and Sporting Director Lutz Pfannenstiel as well as HOK architects Chris DeVolder and Emily Louchart.
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