Metro Parks moves ahead to explore feasibility of professional soccer stadium with city, Seattle Sounders, Rainiers

Heidelberg Sports Complex

The Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners on Dec. 11, 2017 gave Executive Director Shon Sylvia the go-ahead to explore possible partnerships for the development of a professional-grade soccer stadium and related ventures at Heidelberg/Davis Park.

He and other Metro Parks staff members will work with the City of Tacoma, the Tacoma Rainiers and Seattle Sounders FC.

The initial goal is to assess the financial feasibility and community impact of the potential soccer stadium as a venue for both the Seattle Sounders 2 USL team and other public sporting and community events.

Earlier this year, the Tacoma Rainiers and Seattle Sounders FC announced plans to relocate the Seattle Sounders 2 USL soccer team to Tacoma. Before a stadium is built, all Sounders 2 USL games for the 2018 and 2019 seasons will be played at Cheney Stadium.

The 34-acre Heidelberg complex owned by Metro Parks is near Cheney Stadium. The park features a lighted baseball stadium, Maguinez Field, and four smaller fields. A recent joint athletic field study by Metro Parks and Tacoma Public Schools found that although Maguinez Field needs to remain, the smaller fields are underutilized and could be relocated to another site and the land transformed to another use. Also, the Heidelberg site was a key component of the 2014 Parks and Zoo bond that envisioned creation of a sports village with public access to professional, amateur and athletic team sports.

As part of the planning and investigation process, Metro Parks and the City of Tacoma plan to organize a Sounders 2 Advisory Committee including experts in development, engineering, land use and public-private partnerships. The committee’s role will be to review and evaluate information and offer advice to staff, Board of Park Commissioners and the City Council.

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