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Scorpions announce stadium expansion plans

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courtesy San Antonio Scorpions

The San Antonio Scorpions made a significant announcement on Tuesday morning as they unveiled plans to expand the capacity of Toyota Field and add some other enhancements.

A view of the proposed new Toyota Field expansion from David Edwards Drive
courtesy San Antonio Scorpions

The club will be adding 10,000 seats to Toyota Field, bringing the capacity of the stadium to 18,000 with 9000 of the new seats being on a brand new tier, completing a bowl around the stadium.

The significant plus for fans through the expansion is that the second tier will also come in with a roof over the top of the stand, which will allow for shade and will keep the sound in over the Crocketteers meaning other fans, and indeed players will be able to hear the chants of the supporters.

Beyond the expanded seating capacity there's also premium seating being added as the extra tier now hitting the east side and behind the goal allows for the addition of 18 more suites and three clubs, an east, west and members club with an exclusive entrance for club patrons to make it easier for the premium customers to enter and leave the stadium.

In smaller measures concession, restrooms and merchandise outlets will be added to the new levels to accommodate demand while a team store that can be accessed from inside and outside the stadium similar to Major League Soccer's two Texas teams in Dallas and Houston.

Another significant change will be improved lighting, with the new lighting meeting Division I standards which would allow Toyota Field to host more events, including the NCAA College Cup, an event the venue missed out on in 2014.

One of the more novel elements of the stadium will be what is being called the "beacon of light" a high powered beam of light on the South East corner of the stadium, which will be turned on during matches and switch to red when a goal is scored by the Scorpions and after a win.

The move pushes San Antonio's MLS credentials, with MLS commissioner Don Garber regularly stating that a clear stadium plan is needed and with an 18,000 capacity it fits the MLS stadium, but no plan is announced for when the expansion takes place.

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