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There are four new venues for the upcoming Major League Rugby season. Two belong to expansions franchises in New York and Toronto, while the two Texas teams have also relocated.
Rugby United New York will play at MCU Park off the famous Coney Island boardwalk. The 7,000-seat stadium is the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team, but it’s also hosted the New York Cosmos soccer franchise, as well.
Toronto is planning to play at York Lions Stadium on the campus of York University. It’s a 3,700-seat, four-year-old stadium where the field is surrounded by a track and has a grandstand on one side.
Joining RUNY by setting up shop in a baseball stadium are the Austin Elite, who are moving to Dell Diamond Stadium in nearby Round Rock, Texas. Dell Diamond is the permanent home to Triple-A Round Rock Express, but it’s hosted USA tests in recent years. It holds more than 11,000.
The Houston Sabercats are of course in the process of building their own Aveva Stadium. It will be the first such venue owned and operated by an MLR team. In Glendale, the city owns Infinity Park, not the private ownership group of the Raptors. Currently under construction, Aveva is slated to hold 3,500 and open in time for the Sabercats’ home opener Feb. 22.
That puts two MLR teams in rugby-specific stadiums in Glendale and Houston and two more in minor league ballparks in New York and Austin. Toronto and San Diego utilize the stadiums of local universities. Seattle rents a private soccer complex in Starfire. Utah rents a minor league soccer venue. New Orleans plays at a newly constructed high school football stadium.
|Austin Elite||Dell Diamond||Round Rock, TX||11,631||2000|
|Glendale Raptors||Infinity Park||Glendale, CO||5,000||2007|
|Houston Sabercats||Aveva Stadium||Houston, TX||4,000||2019|
|NOLA Gold||Archbishop Shaw||Marrero, LA||4,000||2018|
|Rugby United New York||MCU Park||New York, NY||7,000||2001|
|San Diego Legion||Torero Stadium||San Diego, CA||6,000||1961|
|Seattle Seawolves||Starfire Stadium||Tukwila, WA||4,000||2005|
|Toronto Arrows||York Lions Stadium||Toronto, ON||3,700||2015|
|Utah Warriors||Zions Bank Stadium||Herriman, UT||5,000||2018|