Scorpions Stadium a Success, Even in 2-0 Defeat

The San Antonio Scorpions inaugurated their new stadium, Toyota Field, last night before

East Stands

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an enthusiastic crowd of 8,177 fans.  Though the stadium itself is a true gem, the team assembled on the field left quite a bit to be desired.  Owner Gordon Hartman has overseen a masterful construction job to give San Antonio one of the premier soccer venues in the nation.  Now, the onus is on coach Tim Hankinson to construct a team worthy of its venue.

Let’s start with the highlights of the evening, which would be the stadium experience.  Toyota Field is simply amazing, and the Scorpions organization is to be highly commended, not just for creating this intimate and engaging stadium, but for pulling off what has to be one of the smoothest openings of a venue in recent memory.   Traffic to Toyota Field was amazingly manageable, even though we arrived from Austin just 30 minutes before game time.  Directions to parking were clear, and the parking at the NEISD stadium complex was free! Continue reading

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions Host Tampa Bay Rowdies

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The San Antonio Scorpions are set to host their first game in the beautiful new Toyota Field on Saturday. Toyota Field is a soccer specific stadium and entertainment venue that can currently hold up to 8,000 guests for soccer matches, and has the ability to expand to 18,500 guests. Continue reading

San Antonio Scorpions Set to Open Toyota Field.

The San Antonio Scorpions will kick off their 2013 NASL home schedule in their new soccer specific stadium, Toyota Field this Saturday.  With a capacity of 8000, expandable to 18,000, the stadium was built with private money and offers a dedicated revenue stream for the club.

In the home opener, the Scorpions will face the Tampa Bay Rowdies.  San Antonio opened the season with a scoreless draw at Minnesota.  Tampa Bay opened with a scoreless draw against the Carolina Railhawks.  The NASL is a split off from the old USL A League, and is composed of seven teams.  It is considered to be the level below MLS.  For 2013, the NASL has adopted a split spring/fall season, with the New York Cosmos due to join the league for the fall season.

The 2013 Scorpions look to reclaim their regular season league title, but will do so without 20 goal scoring leader Pablo Campos.  The Brazilian striker signed with Minnesota for 2013.  New acquisitions include former LA Galaxy midfielder Bryan Jordan.  Returning players include 39 year old former Mexican national teamer Javier Saavedra.  The Scorpions are led by coach Tim Hankinson, returning for his second season in charge.