MLS Dynamo Ready For Tomorrow's Stadium Debut
by: Bill Stamps, May 11, 2012 10:05:00 pm
Grounds crews are painting the white lines on the field, getting everything ready for tomorrow’s inaugural game at BBVA Compass Stadium. As you look around you still see workers putting up posters and signs.
Dynamo Team President Chris Canetti says the stadium has generated a lot of interest from both fans and the media.
"I think I’ve done close to 40 interviews this week, both locally and nationally. Believe me, we’re not complaining one bit. We know that soccer has arrived, the Dynamo has arrived, and this stadium truly is a big reason for that and symbolic of all the growth we’ve had."
The opening of the new stadium is so important the commissioner of Major League Soccer is in town to take in the game. Don Garber talked about his first impression.
"This is going to be a absolute spectacular venue for the club and another great great historic stadium for our league."
Garber hopes to grow his league into one of the tops in the world. I asked him if that will be tough, especially when you have some American cities, like Houston, where Football dominates the sports scene.
"You know we love sport, and I think if you’re in the right city where they really love sport, I think you can be successful. You’ve got to pick the right markets and you’ve got to go about doing it right and you’ve got to have the right team."
Garber expects good things from the Dynamo now that they’ve added the piece that’s been missing. But he says the organization can’t relax just because they have a new stadium.
"If you don’t have a stadium that makes it that much harder, but if you have a stadium that doesn’t mean you’ve cracked the code. I think this club has hit on all cylinders. So in their case this is the last thing that will ... they’ve been doing well at the gate. They’ve been doing well commercially with sponsorship. They’ve got a vibrant fan base."
Tomorrow the Dynamo play DC United. Game time is 4:30 p.m..