Renderings Revealed for Populous-designed Phoenix Rising FC Stadium

March 15, 2018

Phoenix Rising Football Club released renderings of its proposed Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium today. Designed by Populous and Gould Evans, the stadium was developed in anticipation of the announcement of the MLS expansion teams and takes inspiration from the intimacy and energy of European soccer stadiums. With approximately 21,000 seats and a 360-degree concourse, Phoenix Rising fans will not miss a minute of the on-field action.

“The renderings really bring the stadium to life,” said Brett Johnson, co-chairman for Phoenix Rising FC. “We are excited for the fans to see the innovative, one-of-a-kind design with special attention paid to maximizing shade and airflow in the stadium to ensure player and fan comfort.”

The asymmetrical design places the majority of seats on the west side, providing ample shade for spectators. Stadium entrances are strategically shaped to maximize airflow, featuring water walls to cool patrons as they enter. Expansive, breathable canopies will cover the bowl, concourse and area surrounding the stadium to maximize player and fan comfort while amplifying the energy and excitement within the stadium.

“We want Phoenix Rising fans to have a game day experience that is second-to-none, so comfort and first-class amenities are top priorities,” said Scott Capstack, principal at Populous. “From the four unique seating sections to diverse social spaces, this stadium will be the new standard for soccer in the southwest.”

Populous has designed seven MLS stadiums, and more than 70 soccer stadiums globally, including 14 national stadiums such as Wembley Stadium in London. Phoenix is one of 11 cities competing for three MLS expansion slots, which are scheduled to be announced later this year.

Read Phoenix Rising’s full announcement here.


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