Canetti's Corner - September 13, 2010

With team's off week, COO provides business updates

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Jonathan Yardley / HoustonDynamo.com

Welcome to edition No. 19 of my weekly blog. It appears on the new HoustonDynamo.com every Monday (or Tuesday).

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Without a match this past weekend,
there is not too much team news to discuss in this week’s
edition. Therefore, I’ll focus on a few
business issues that may be of interest to you. 

There were more positive steps
forward on the stadium front last week. The biggest news is that we selected a
construction manager. This company, which will be officially announced soon, has
a wealth of experience in building sports stadiums. As of today, they are on
board and engaged in the pre-construction process. Getting them involved now
will help expedite the process as we continue to push hard for an early Spring
2012 opening.

Last week I flew to Colorado and spent a day at Dick’s
Sporting Goods Park in Denver. Senior Vice President of Business Operations Steve Powell and I met with our project manager and lead
architects to review a number of design issues. We met at DSGP because our
stadium design will have many similarities to it. The plan is coming together
and we should have some new and updated renderings that we can share
soon. 

Populous statement on stadium design

I was happy to see the U.S. Bid
Committee’s success in Houston last week as it entertained FIFA
officials in its quest to land the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. By all accounts,
the committee and the city put on a great show. I am proud of the many comments
I read and heard about how the 2010 MLS All-Star Game played a big role in
Houston’s global
image as a soccer city and the positive impact it could have on FIFA’s decision.
Growing our sport in our city was all part of our plan when we bid for the
All-Star Game and Manchester United. 

We are off to a good start in
renewing our season ticket holders for 2011. I am happy to report that we are
far ahead of any previous year’s pace at this time. This is especially pleasing
and encouraging when you consider our tough season on the field. Thank you to
those fans who continue to support us through season tickets. 

Our 2011 season ticket package
features 17 regular season MLS games, the Dynamo Charities Cup, and an
international friendly. We are hard at work identifying opponents for the
Charities Cup and the friendly. Our goal is to find European squads for these
matches. Ideally, they will be announced early in the
off-season. 

There are only three regular
season home games left on the schedule (Sept. 18, Oct. 10, and Oct. 23). This
weekend’s game represents our final Saturday night home match of the season. We
are commemorating it with a big fireworks display
afterwards. There was an electric feel to last
year’s match vs. TFC with DeRo in the house. I am sure we will see much of the
same this Saturday. 

Tuesday night is the “Dine
with the Dynamo” event, hosted by the Dynamo wives – also known as the
Sidekicks. The ladies are raising money for the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. Fans
will get a chance to eat dinner with Dynamo players and their families and get a
Dynamo cookbook and a ticket to Saturday’s game. Good tickets are still
available for $50 (general public) and $40 (season ticket holders). Go to www.houstondynamo.com/sidekicks for tickets. 

That’s it for this week. I look
forward to your comments and feedback at ccanetti@houstondynamo.com. Thanks
again for your support and see you on Saturday
night.