New Major League Soccer expansion team St Louis City SC has revealed updated plans and renderings of its new stadium, which it is expected to open for the 2023 season.
With the early construction phase now complete, St Louis City SC is working with HOK and Julie Snow, co-founder of Snow Kreilich Architects, to ensure that, along with other additions in Downtown West, the new district will further St Louis’ revitalization and be a connection point between The Gateway Arch and Forest Park.
The new HOK-Snow Kreilich renderings show an integrated, accessible urban design with updates that include a new unique set of entries to the stadium to accommodate fans coming from the northwest and southwest, along with direct access to suites for suite holders.
Design enhancements include the east plaza, which is north of Market Street, with integrated access to stadium functions including concessions and restrooms to extend the fan experience and promote non-game-day community experiences within the stadium district.
There are new restaurant and concession areas for fans with views of the game as well as to the city in the north corners of the stadium.
Newly added pitch-level loge boxes that combine the intimacy of stadium box seats and upscale amenities of an executive suite, while upper-level outdoor terraces feature views of the field and the downtown St Louis skyline.
As a part of the stadium district design vision, all four sides of the stadium will be open and inclusive, with no back door or back-of-house.
“The stadium design will provide our fans with an incredible amount of game-day variety, compelling sightlines and high energy—from pitch-level loge boxes to upper-level outdoor terraces and everywhere in between,” said Matt Sebek, chief experience officer for St Louis City SC.
The team has finished the early construction phase, completing several milestones including mobilizing the site, mass excavating, incorporating the drilled piers, putting in the concrete foundations and constructing the tunnel. The next major milestone will be the placement of the structural steel into the ground later this month.