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Pittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer Club Unveils Plans for New Stadium in Station Square
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced today the construction of a multi-sport stadium to serve as a home field for the United Soccer League (USL) professional soccer club. The Pittsburgh Passion Professional Women's Football Team also intends to make the stadium its home field. The stadium will be constructed in Station Square, Pittsburgh's preeminent mixed-use entertainment complex, with a completion date expected for summer 2012.
The stadium intends to operate year-round and host training programs, games and tournaments for soccer, football, lacrosse, rugby, and softball. Stadium users will include youth, high school, college, adult, and professional athletes. The stadium management is also currently assessing plans to incorporate outdoor ice rinks in the winter for public skate hours and amateur hockey games, as well as the potential use of the stadium for concerts and music events.
The stadium plans to be constructed on part of the former Trib Total Media Amphitheater site and a portion of the parking area to the east of that site. There are plans for additional parking to be developed to the west of the new event site.
Anticipating over 600,000 visitors per year, the stadium looks to reinforce Station Square's position as a travel destination, bringing visitors to Pittsburgh from across the country.
About the Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Founded in 1999 as a member of the United Soccer Leagues' A-League, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds have brought elite soccer to Western Pennsylvania and are the only pro soccer team in the Tri-State Area. The Riverhounds recruit players from top programs around the country and the world. Since established, the Riverhounds have not had an official home field and have played at CONSOL Energy Stadium in Washington, Pa as well as a handful of local high schools around the area. In 2007, the team obtained new ownership and began to develop a presence in the area. During this same year, the Riverhounds brokered a relationship with Everton Football Club of England to create a developmental program for youth soccer players. The Riverhounds Academy has grown in participation, programming, and value and has proved to be a soccer Academy where young players are trained by the professionals. The growth of the Academy in the area has been a catalyst for the new stadium. During the fall of 2010, the Riverhounds joined the USL PRO Division created by the United Soccer Leagues. The division sits just below Major League Soccer and will serve as a stepping stone for players looking to jump to the next level.