Skip to comments.(Houston steps closer to new Dynamo stadium) City signs letter of intent for soccer stadium land
Posted on 01/10/2008 1:34:32 PM PST by weegee
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A billion dollars later...
"It's not going to be done the way it was done with other stadiums, where the taxpayers picked up the tab," White said. "We're not going to do some special deal of giving a lot of money that could go to police or fire to a sports owner."
Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium and Toyota Center, all recently built sports venues in Houston, were financed for the most part with public monies.
I had no idea the MLS had gotten so popular that someone would actually build a stadium for one of their teams.
Oh come on. There are several large football stadiums that in the Houston area that could be used for soccer.
The tax payer should not have to build a stadium for the MLS, NFL, MLB or NBA.
Each is a ripoff of the tax payer and a massive welfare payment to billionaire sports team owners.
When did we get the Dynamo?
Wow, the Mexicans will be able to boo our National Anthem in Houston.
You have no idea. It’s the government’s (local or state, depending on the specific situation) way to look multi-cultural and international.
In Utah, 75% of people in Salt Lake County did NOT want public funds used to build a soccer stadium. The governor and state legislature didn’t appreciate that, since they’d pretty much promised Real SL that they’d do it. So, they decided they knew better than we did, and redirected all Salt Lake County’s hotel and tourism revenue into a fund for the stadium. Then they tried to convince us that we weren’t paying for it.
Thankfully. Out of town Brown loved spending taxpayer money on stadiums.
Does Joel Osteen & Lakewood church have to pay the taxpayers back for the Compaq center?
The Houston Sports Authority has to keep building stadiums to justify their unelection offices and catered skyboxes.
Soccer is for Eurofags. When did they take over our city?
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. They all work for Mayor Bob’s pals.
Ken Lay was partnered with them and the Chronicle to get the slim majority vote needed to approve the stadiums.
And people were shocked to learn that the Chronicle “missed” the Enron story. Protected partnership.
Depends on the size of the latino population.
It’s like Car Rental Taxes...
The excuse it that “people who don’t live here” pay those taxes, but in reality, 60% of all car rentals are LOCAL, in Non-Florida cities...
Our car rental and hotel costs have gone to the other stadiums that they now admit WE paid for.
This should make the 50 MLS fans in Houston quite happy.
We had Hurricane Allison flood Houston with a couple of nights of rainfall. Every car in the city was rented for weeks by those who suffered damage from storm.
No waiver for the high tax either.
We got them from another city. I don’t know when/where.
Obviously they’ve BEEN playing someplace else.
The Dynamo moved to Houston 2 years ago and they’ve won the MLS title for 2 years straight, making them the most successful pro team in Houston’s history. The games are a blast, but they had to play in Robertson Stadium at UofHouston. The statium they’re building is a modest one, seating about 22,000, but it’ll get a lot of revenue from concerts, etc.
The concert industry is dead. And between the Woodlands, Verizon, and Toyota Center, there are more than enough venues for Clear Channel to host their concerts at.
Columbus got the first one in '99 followed by L.A. in '03, Dallas in '05 and Chicago in '06. Others under construction or planning are New Jersey, Denver, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.
The kept putting it on the ballot until people said yes. Then they repackaged it "so that it would be paid for by hotel guests and car rentals." So a few more numbnuts said "okay, well it's not my money!"
However, all the cities get that dumb idea so if you travel and rent a car you pay 80% in taxes.
Then we go to the stadium and get charged $7 for a pint of beer.
It’s also heavily supported by the latino population, which is the pandering being done.
In Salt Lake, the governor and legislature came right out and said that if you opposed building the stadium, you were a racist and obviously hated brown people.
The Rockets also took the NBA Championship 2 years in a row. This soccer stadium may be for "current performance" but they are not the only team to accomplish this task in the city's history.
They used to be the San Diego team. The original name of the Houston team was going to be Houston 1836, but they changed to so as not to anger their fans from south of the border (read: most of their fans).
They also claimed there would be enough parking with a few blocks of the stadium for 10,000 cars. This NEW stadium will occupy land in that same parking deprived area.
Yeah, there have been some soccer specfic stadiums built and many more planned. Makes it easier to see instead of looking at the 10 yards lines.
What they could do is draw the illegal crowd in by giving them a 20% discount...ICE may...Or may not have a good day...
The Mexicans already got their panties in a twist over the Dynamos original name “The Houston 1836”. How dare Houston commemorate General Sam handing Santa Anna his butt at San Jacinto. The outcry in the “hispanic comunity” was hillarious.
The Earthquakes (who used to be the San Jose Clash) had a history of swinging between worst-to-first-to-worst-to-first records while in San Jose. San Jose retained the rights to the team name and record, so the team was forced to change names when they moved to Houston.
San Jose is planning to form a new team for the upcoming season.
Har. The team was named “1846” for about two weeks until the Mexicans went nuts and the league/owners caved.
As if having a “professional” succer team wasn’t insulting enough for the fine people of Houston...
1836. Learn your Texas history bub,LOL!
I think the ancestors of the majority of the attendees came from the North American continent...somewhat south of the Rio Grande.
I stand corrected, bub.
Houston discards 1836 moniker and becomes Dynamo; MetroStars sale is discussed.
HOUSTON (Monday, March 6, 2006) — Houston 1836 is no more.
After offending many in the Hispanic community of their new home, Major League Soccer’s transplanted San Jose Earthquakes discarded their first nickname, announced on January 25, and became the Houston Dynamo.
Management of the new Houston team chose 1836 to commemorate the year its home city was founded. Latinos, however, associate 1836 with the Texas Revolution and that year’s bloody Battle of San Jacinto (about 20 miles east of Houston) when General Sam Houston led his Texas Army to defeat General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican forces. The Texas Republic then seceded from Mexico, to be annexed by the United States in 1845, just before the Mexican-American War of 1846-48.
While Russia’s Moscow Dynamo and Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev were believed to be an influence in the new moniker, team president Oliver Luck offered another explanation — it was to honor the city’s ties to the energy industry. “Dynamo is a word to describe someone who never fatigues, never gives up,” he said. “The new name is symbolic of Houston as an energetic, hard-working, risk-taking kind of town.”
The announcement was made at a press conference today.
“We’d like to once again reiterate that at no time did MLS or (Anschutz Entertainment Group, the team’s owner-operator) ever want to offend any members of the community in Houston,” Luck said. “We want everyone to feel welcome and become a part of professional soccer in Houston.”
Any influence from the international soccer scene would be line with a trend that started with 2005’s two MLS expansion teams. Chivas USA carried the nickname of its parent organization, the popular Mexican team Club Deportivo Guadalajara. Real Salt Lake is a tribute to Spanish power Real Madrid.
The term dynamo is short for dynamoelectric machine which is a generator of electricity, while the word also refers to a forceful, energetic individual.
“We believe a parallel can be drawn to the two major communities in Houston: English speakers and Spanish speakers,” Luck said. “Together, (these communities) will create electricity at games unlike any other in MLS.”
After playing in San Jose for the first 10 years of MLS, the Houston Dynamo will open the 2006 season at home April 2 at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus.
At least I can say I marched to the polls and voted against every single one of them, ha!
Huh? They are a soccer team, are they not?
Battle of San Jacinto
800 Texians under Sam Houston beat 1400 Mexicans in 18 minutes. Hundreds of Mexican soldiers were killed or captured, while there were relatively few Texian casualties.630 Mexican soldiers killed, 208 wounded and 730 prisoners.April 21, 1836. The San Jacinto monument and battleground is about 1/2 an hour outside of Houston. Seems our “Latino” brothers and sisters are still a little miffed about this.
And their sponsor is Amigo Energy. Go figure.
Congratulations! You won the MLS championship last year, Allegra!
But then again, it's not like you need to have been in Iraq for the last several years to have heard nothing about American soccer. 8^)
Stay safe, A.
P.S. to Post 41 - *And the year before, too!*
The only reason I knew this was because all the taquerias were closed the next day,lol.
A better title for this thread would be: WHY I HATE SOCCER.
HA HA .....ha ha.....haaaaaaaaaaa! That’s a good one. How do you do that? Your such a smart boy! That was funny. That was amazing.
All that, and I can tell the difference between “you’re” and “your” as well!
This is wrong on every level.
Let these fools play soccer in hell.
If the majority of soccer fans are Hispanic then it was a stupid idea to name the team 1836 in the first place.