Almost three-quarters of squads in the conference now have soccer-specific stadia. Simon Veness moves down the great and the not-so-good
The MLS commissioner, Don Garber, lately inspected the new Orlando City stadium and hailed it as a blueprint for the future. That blueprint may not last for long, nonetheless, as a stream of new MLS franchises are rapidly queuing up to make it obsolete.
The Orlando venue will be officially opened on Friday, but Atlanta, Minnesota, DC United and Los Angeles FC will all unveil their own stadia in the next 12 months, and it commemorates a watershed in its preparation of American soccer, a high tide for soccer-specific arenas.
Go back but 11 times, and onlyfour of the 12 squads played in a stadium specifically designed for their boast. This time, it will be 15 of the 22 squads and, in 2018, 18 of 23.
Now, with 73% of squads committed to soccer-specific stadia it raises the question: who has the best MLS venue?
Well do it on a qualities basis, with labels out of 30 for how enjoyable it is from the fan perspective, five bonus qualities for a soccer-specific venue and minus-five for having artificial turf. That represents the largest possible rating is 35, and the lowest -5. Let the countdown begin.
22) New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium
Average attendance 2016 20,185
The lowdown From the neutral perspective, theres not too much to like about a team playing in a two-thirds empty football stadium on artificial turf that numerous players abhor. With all the Patriots signage, youd be forgiven for not realizing another team plays here.
Points( out of 25 ) strong> 8P TAGEND
21) New York City FC, Yankee Stadium
Average attendance 2016 27,196
The lowdown Fans have come out in consistently high numbers for the blue half of the citys soccer fandom, but that doesnt mask the baseball stadiums odd configuration, absurdly restricted arena and horribly patchy grass.
18= DC United, RFK Stadium
Average attendance 2016 17,081
The lowdown Theres plenty of record on offer in this 56 -year-old venue that used to house the Redskins and Senators, but exclusively 20 of those belong to the soccer holders. Its baseball-configured room is merely a place-holder until 20,000 -capacity Audi Field opens next year.
18= Colorado Rapids, Dicks Sporting Goods Park
Average attendance 2016 16,278
The lowdown The decidedly prefab impression of DSGP( the working day they will come back and finished yet) is a huge visual downer, along with the fact it sits in a larger sport composite. The overall impression is of a temporary stadium purported more at playing than watching.
18= Minnesota United, TCF Bank Stadium
Average attendance 2016 n/ a
The lowdown Im going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say their inaugural time ardor will make up for the limits of playing on turf in a college football stadium. They have the manager in Adrian Heath to ignite the devotees fire until their own digs are accomplish next year.
17) FC Dallas, Toyota Stadium
Average attendance 2016 14,094
The lowdown Despite the stadia delighting aspects and consistent conference conducts plus great Texas support for the US national area Dallas remains a team looking for a fan identity as attendances have declined alarmingly in the last two years.
16) Columbus Crew, Mapfre Stadium