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The City of Houston and Major League Rugby’s Sabercats have struck a deal for the Sabercats to build a 5,000-seat stadium at the already existing Houston Sports Park. The deal was finalized with a successful vote from the Houston City Council Wednesday.
The Sabercats will be leasing 41 acres of the park, building a stadium with an estimated price tag of $5.25 million, as well as two practice fields and a new parking lot. They’ll also have to make improvements to accommodate access to roads and utilities, but the city will reimburse the Sabercats more than $3 million for doing so.
Originally, the franchise had hoped to build a stadium prior to the opening of the inaugural MLR season, which kicks off in April. However, the new timeline is for the stadium to be completed prior to the second season. The Sabercats have been playing their preseason matches at Constellation Field in suburban Sugar Land, home of the minor league baseball Skeeters.
Outside of Glendale, the Sabercats will be the second MLR team with their own stadium. In Austin, a makeshift setup is being deployed in the short term. In New Orleans, the Gold will use a new high school football stadium. In Salt Lake City, the Warriors will play in the brand-new Zions Bank Stadium, the 5,000-seat venue of the United Soccer League’s Real Monarchs.
The San Diego Legion will play at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego, where PRO’s Breakers also played. The Seattle Seawolves will play at Starfire Stadium, a soccer complex which hosted the club 7s nationals before.