LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — After announcing the new home for the United States League (USL) League One team in October 2021, Lexington Pro Soccer released renderings of its proposed downtown stadium on Friday.
The renderings were designed for the area across High Street from the Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena, bordered by Lexington Center Drive, Maxwell Street, and Poplar Alley.
The 6,000+ seat multiuse venue and soccer stadium would feature 45,000 square feet of entertainment-focused retail including patio views overlooking both the stadium and Rupp Arena.
In addition, there are plans for a 160-room hotel, a 250-unit upscale, multifamily residential development, and on-site parking garages.
The renderings were submitted by the club’s ownership team to the Lexington Center Corporation’s High Street Development Project.
Lexington is the ideal home for a thriving professional soccer club. We have all of the ingredients needed to make Lexington Pro Soccer one of the best teams in the league – except a professional-quality stadium. Our aim is to build a state-of-the-art, multi-use venue – centered around a professional soccer stadium – right in the heart of downtown Lexington. The development we hope to build would be a meaningful economic driver for the city of Lexington and the surrounding region, by expanding the range of entertainment opportunities downtown Lexington has to offer its residents and visitors.Bill Shively, Majority Owner of Lexington Pro Soccer and Managing Partner of iVisionary Capital
The stadium was designed by architecture firm Gensler who was also responsible for the Milwaukee Bucks Entertainment Block (Milwaukee Bucks), the Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles Football Club), and the BMO Field, Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium (Toronto Football Club), among others.
“Location can play a significant role in the overall success of a new entertainment venue. The proposed location of the Lexington Pro Soccer stadium and entertainment complex is ideal, offering local residents easy access to the venue and contributing to the existing growth and vibrancy of the downtown area with designs for new retail, lodging, and entertainment opportunities,” said Ryan Sickman, Principal with Gensler.
Lexington Pro Soccer has also undergone an in-depth branding process over the past three months which included significant input from central Kentucky residents. The club’s official name, crest, and colors are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
The inaugural season will begin spring 2023 with the club initially playing at a local collegiate facility.
Fans interested in placing a deposit on tickets for the 2023 season can visit LexingtonProSoccer.com/pages/tickets.