1902 S Tyler St
Tacoma, WA 98405

(253) 305-1086

Project Manager: Debbie Terwilleger

Bringing new professional sports franchises, housing, and commercial development to Central Tacoma by creating a minor league sports village.

About the Project

  • A partnership of the Seattle Sounders FC and Tacoma Rainiers, called The Soccer Club of Tacoma, is interested in working with Metro Parks and the City of Tacoma to bring new professional sports franchises and a stadium to the community.
  • The partners equitably shared the cost and scope of a study to assess the feasibility of the proposed Heidelberg Sports Village concept.
Components of this project
  1. Stadium: Development of a 5,000-seat soccer stadium, with the Tacoma Defiance and Reign FC as anchor tenants, and otherwise hosting high school and Metro Parks activities.
  2. Mixed-Use Development: The potential for a mixed-use commercial/residential development on the Heidelberg/Cheney campus that could leverage the soccer stadium and Cheney Stadium as the core for renewed economic development in Central Tacoma.
Next steps
With the feasibility study complete, the parties are conducting public outreach to share the results of the study and collect public feedback. They are also negotiating over financing and an operations plan for the public’s consideration. If they reach an agreement, the Board of Park Commissioners and the Tacoma City Council both would have to vote to approve it. Read the Feasibility Study
  • February 13, 2020: The parties announce that a third component of the original feasibility study, an 8-field sports complex, is no longer part of the stadium and mixed-use development project. Metro Parks will pursue the sports complex independently and has formed a steering committee to evaluate potential sites.  Learn more about the Athletic Fields Siting Project
  • February 2020: The City, the park district, and The Soccer Club of Tacoma negotiate a nonbinding Letter of Intent (LOI) that sets the terms for what a future stadium agreement must include, and identifies the remaining areas to negotiate. Letter of Intent (draft), HSV Presentation to Committee of the Whole (2-3-20)
  • March 3, 2020: Tacoma City Council voted 8-1 to approve the nonbinding LOI and continue negotiations. View the Agenda
  • March 9, 2020: Board of Park Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the nonbinding LOI and continue negotiations.