Heidelberg Sports Village Feasibility Study

Heidelberg Sports Complex

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A little over a year ago, a joint venture between the Tacoma Rainiers and the Seattle Sounders FC (the Soccer Club of Tacoma), The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks hired independent experts to determine the feasibility of building a state-of-the-art soccer stadium and the potential for a mixed used development on the existing Cheney Stadium site. In addition, the independent feasibility analysis examined the market demand for a new multi field sports complex in Tacoma. The study is now complete and available for public feedback and commentary.

  • The results of the final feasibility study were shared in a Joint Tacoma City Council / Metro Parks Tacoma Board Study Session July 9, 2019.
  • As a placeholder for the potential stadium project, Metro Parks Tacoma has introduced an application that requests a change to the City of Tacoma’s future land use map designation for Heidelberg-Davis Park. The change would make the property consistent with the adjacent designations and allow for a broader variety of uses including a soccer stadium, educational facilities, hospitals and medical centers. If the relevant projects do not materialize, the application will simply be rescinded.
  • After the study session presentation on July 9, Metro Parks Tacoma, City of Tacoma, and the Soccer Club of Tacoma will begin the first phase of public outreach with stakeholders to present the findings of the feasibility study. In addition, the parties will begin a negotiation process within the next thirty to sixty days to define the specific terms of an agreement and the overall scope of the stadium portion of the project.
  • If the Soccer Club of Tacoma, the Tacoma City Council and the Metro Parks Board of Park Commissioners all agree to proceed with the stadium portion of the project, then the parties will engage in the second phase of public outreach on the project with public meetings and conduct all appropriate regulatory processes to evaluate the proposal. Final decisions on the project will not be made until all necessary regulatory and community stakeholder processes are completed.
  • Metro Parks staff are excited with the potential of each the projects and the strong interest of public and private entities interested in participating, such as the Tacoma Community College, MultiCare and the University of Washington Tacoma. While the completion of the feasibility study is a significant milestone, all partners must complete the negotiation process that defines the terms and conditions of the projects, seek approval of the Tacoma City Council, Metro Parks Board and the ownership group of the Soccer Club of Tacoma. In doing so, Metro Parks looks forward to a thoughtful conversation amongst all parties and the public.

Questions can be directed to Metro Parks Tacoma’s Chief Strategy Officer, Joe Brady at (253) 305-1014 or joeb@tacomaparks.com

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