Toyota Field

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Toyota Field
Toyota-Field-Logo.png
Location 5106 David Edwards Drive
San Antonio, TX 78233
Coordinates 29°32′20.07″N 98°23′40.62″W / 29.5389083°N 98.3946167°W / 29.5389083; -98.3946167Coordinates: 29°32′20.07″N 98°23′40.62″W / 29.5389083°N 98.3946167°W / 29.5389083; -98.3946167
Owner Sports Outdoor and Recreation (SOAR)
Operator Sports Outdoor and Recreation (SOAR)
Executive suites 16
Capacity 8,296
Record attendance 8,255
Field size 110 x 70 yards
Surface TifSport Bermudagrass
Construction
Broke ground February 2012
Built February 2012-April 2013
Opened April 13, 2013 (2013-04-13)
Architect Pro Sports Developments (Sports Architecture Division of Luna Architecture & Design)
Tenants
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) (2013-present)
Website
www.toyotafield.com

Toyota Field is a soccer-specific stadium in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Located next to Heroes Stadium, and adjacent to the STAR Soccer Complex and Morgan's Wonderland, the facility opened on April 13, 2013. The stadium is the home of the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League. It has an initial capacity of 8,296 for soccer matches and 13,000 for concerts and festivals.[1] The stadium is expandable to 18,000+ seating capacity in 3 phases and is currently built to its Phase 1 design. Toyota currently holds the sponsor naming rights for the facility.

History[edit]

Toyota Field is owned and operated by S.O.A.R. Inc., a non-profit organization founded by San Antonio philanthropist Gordon Hartman. S.O.A.R. Inc. is dedicated to special needs causes and owns and operates Morgan’s Wonderland, which is located across the street from Toyota Field. Morgan’s Wonderland is said to be the world’s first Ultra-Accessible theme park, a park that was uniquely designed and built for people of all ages and abilities. People with special cognitive and physical needs can specifically partake in each amenity and ride that the park offers, including those in wheel chairs.

Gordon Hartman, the founder of S.O.A.R Inc., started Soccer For A Cause, a community-wide effort to bring pro soccer to San Antonio in order to help fund the operation of Morgan’s Wonderland. This led to Gordon Hartman’s acquisition of a North American Soccer League (NASL) franchise (the San Antonio Scorpions) in 2010. Gordon Hartman made a commitment to build a soccer-specific stadium for the San Antonio Scorpions. In 2012, the San Antonio Scorpions played their inaugural NASL season in a nearby NEISD stadium while Toyota Field was being built. Toyota Field opened in April, 2013 for the San Antonio Scorpions to play their first match in the stadium. Every year 100% of the net profits made by Toyota Field are donated to Morgan’s Wonderland.

Construction of Toyota Field ran from February, 2012 through April, 2013 and was completed in time for its inaugural opening event on April 13, 2013 between the San Antonio Scorpions and the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League (NASL). The naming rights sponsorship by Toyota was secured during the construction.

Design[edit]

Toyota Field was designed by San Antonio architecture firm, Pro Sports Developments (PSD), which is the sports entertainment division of Luna Architecture and Design. The stadium was designed as a soccer-specific stadium, to strategically expand to upwards of 18,000 seats in 3 total phases and to accommodate UIL, NCAA, MLS and FIFA standard international soccer events. The design also accommodates lacrosse, American football, boxing and concerts. The stadium currently exists as Phase 1 in the stadium expansion phases.

Fans Celebrating a Goal at Toyota Field
View of the Field from Sky Suite
Night Shot of Game at Toyota Field
Toyota Field in its current 8,000 seat configuration.

Phase I[edit]

Artist concept of Toyota Field, as it would appear after expansion to 18,000 seats.
Artist concept of Toyota Field, as it would appear after expansion to 18,000 seats.
Artist concept of Toyota Field, as it would appear after expansion to 18,000 seats.
Artist concept of Toyota Field, as it would appear after expansion to 18,000 seats.
Artist concept of Toyota Field, as it would appear after expansion to 18,000 seats.

The stadium currently has a capacity of 8,296 seats, including 16 private suites, 864 midfield club seats, a field level beer garden for over 200 fans with tiered table and chair seating as close as 15 feet behind the south goal, a suite level observation terrace for over 100 fans which overlooks the entire field, and a fan zone behind the north-end seating for fans to gather and get autographs before and after a game. The stadium capacity could reach approximately 9,000 spectators with standing-room only accommodations.

The architectural design by PSD reflects the industrial heritage of the historic Longhorn Quarry which the stadium now resides in. The stadium contains ribbed metal and perforated metal facades with exposed structural elements throughout the facility, accentuating the steel and creating a contemporary industrial feel. A crimson red color was used against charcoal grey to bring energy to the façade, the fans and the game. The metal façades and the metal roof canopy that extends over the west side suite balconies and stadium seating, together amplify the crowd noise, a quality that San Antonio fans are known for among professional sports. The permanent west side roof canopy combined with lower bowl stadium seating that starts only 17 feet from the soccer touchlines make Toyota Field one of the most intimate soccer-specific stadiums in the world, a quality which will continue with the future expansion phases as planned.

Since Toyota Field is affiliated with Morgan’s Wonderland, the Ultra-Accessible theme park across the street, Pro Sports Developments (who also designed Morgan’s Wonderland) incorporated stadium features with the A.D.A. community in mind. In addition to elevators, a ramp-bridge wraps around the entire south end of the stadium so that all spectators have greater ease of access from the ground level stadium entrances up to the concourse level that wraps around the stadium. This concourse level contains ample A.D.A. seating under the roof canopy. Fans gain a full view of the stadium bowl and playing field as they travel the ramp-bridge. Fans are also known to gather along the ramp-bridge when penalty kick tie-breakers occur at the end of soccer matches.

Future Expansion[edit]

Soccer for a Cause on September 2, 2014 unveiled a proposed expansion of the home of the San Antonio Scorpions – Toyota Field – to make it one of the nation’s premier soccer and special-events venues. Designed by Pro Sports Developments (PSD) of San Antonio, the expansion envisions the addition of 10,000 seats to the existing 8,000, with 9,000 of the new seats on a new upper tier that would create a bowl-like configuration around the playing field.

Eighteen suites accommodating up to 24 fans apiece would be added to the east side of the stadium, bringing the total number of Toyota Field suites to 32. Plans also call for three new clubs – the East Club with 130 balcony seats on the east suite level, the West Club with 40 observation-terrace seats on the existing west suite level and a Members Club at the southeast corner of the stadium. Club patrons and suite holders would be allowed to use a new entrance directly across from existing reserved parking.

Other proposed enhancements include concessions, restrooms and merchandise outlets on each stadium level to efficiently meet the level of fan demand at halftime; field lighting for Division 1 network broadcasting; and a team store accessible from inside and outside the stadium.

Just as Soccer for a Cause has been a “beacon of light” for San Antonio and professional sports, Hartman said, a high-powered beam of light is planned to extend from the southeast corner of the stadium high up into the night sky during Scorpions matches. The shaft of light would be seen for miles away, reminding San Antonio and surrounding areas that the home team is on the pitch. The beam of light would turn red when the Scorpions score a goal or win the match.[2]

Field[edit]

The soccer field playing surface was designed and built by sports field contractor Texas Multi-Chem, out of Kerrville, Texas. The field's natural grass surface is TifSport hybrid bermuda and the root zone consists of an 8" layer of USGA sand and Dakota peat. The field also contains an internal drainage system to help avoid rain outs.[3]

Sports[edit]

Soccer

The San Antonio Scorpions played their first game at Toyota Field on April 13, 2013 against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, which was their second match of the 2013 NASL regular Spring Season. The Scorpions fell to the Rowdies 0 – 2.

On May 21, 2013, Toyota Field hosted its first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match between its home club San Antonio Scorpions versus FC Tucson of the USL PDL.

On July 6, 2013, Toyota Field hosted its first international friendly match between its home club San Antonio Scorpions versus Tigres UNAL of the Mexican league Liga MX.

On October 13, 2013, Toyota Field hosted Santos Laguna versus Club Tijuana, two league champion teams of the Mexican league Liga MX in a club friendly match.

December 6–7, 2013, Toyota Field hosted the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship and the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toyota Field". San Antonio Scorpions. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://toyotafield.com/about-toyota-field/next-phase.html
  3. ^ "Avoid Rainouts With Internal Drainage Systems". Kerrville, TX: (Texas Multi-Chem. June 1, 2012. 

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