Populous selected to design Dynamo stadium

Architectural firm includes design elements in release

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The Houston
Dynamo have selected architecture firm Populous to design a new $80
million Major League Soccer stadium. The 22,000-seat facility will feature
soccer and accommodate multi-use events such as football, lacrosse, rugby, and
concerts. It is planned to open for the 2012 MLS season.

The new
stadium brings a unique architectural landmark to Houston.

“We set out to
design the perfect urban soccer stadium: tight, atmospheric, and intimate,” said
Christopher Lee, Populous senior principal. “It’s a beautiful stadium for the
beautiful game.” 

In
recognition of the industrial heritage of its new neighborhood, the new
stadium's distinctive skin evokes an industrial gem of individually composed,
expanded metal facets. Punctuating this bold architectural form, the new
stadium is highlighted in orange polycarbonate at three-story-high entries and throughout
new spectator areas. With its simple materials, yet bold design, the new
stadium will be a unique home for one of America's premier soccer franchises.

“We’re extremely
pleased to have Populous as our lead architect for this project,” Dynamo Chief
Operating Officer Chris Canetti said. “We believe we have the best location for
a soccer stadium in the United States, and Populous will help
make our new stadium a truly unique home for Dynamo fans and help us create an
atmosphere comparable to any in the world.”

This is the
fourth sports project Populous will have designed for Houston; the firm also
designed Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center, and Reliant Stadium. The firm has
designed more than 70 professional soccer stadia around the world, including
the recent main stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Soccer City Stadium in
Johannesburg, and the upcoming stadium in Natal for the 2014 World Cup in
Brazil. Populous’ Major League Soccer portfolio also includes new stadiums for
the Colorado Rapids and the Kansas City Wizards.

About Populous

Since inception in 1983,
Populous has grown into the world’s leading design firm dedicated exclusively
to creating environments that draw people and communities together for
unforgettable experiences. The firm has completed more than 1,000 projects
around the globe with construction value exceeding $20 billion. Populous has
worked with 24 Major League Baseball franchises, 30 NFL franchises, 80
professional and civic arena clients, 40 global soccer and rugby teams, 120
universities, 40 convention center clients, 29 equestrian clients and has
planned more than 30 major worldwide events.

Our portfolio includes
such icons as Yankee Stadium in New York; the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games
main stadium; Nanjing Sports Park in China; ANZ Stadium in Australia; Phoenix
Convention Center in Arizona; the new University of Minnesota football stadium
and event planning for the Super Bowl and Major League Baseball All Star Game.
We have received nearly 200 design awards for our work, including three
national American Institute of Architect awards and countless global design
awards. In addition, in 2009 and in 2010, Populous was named one of Fast
Company magazine’s most innovative companies in sports and was also named the
American Institute of Architects - Kansas City Chapter Firm of the Year. As
Populous, we enthusiastically embrace the expertise we uniquely claim – drawing
people together around teams, athletes, events, places, commerce, industry and
ideas they wholeheartedly embrace and adore.

About the Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has
won two MLS Cup championships in its first four seasons and represented the United States
in four consecutive regional championships. For more information, log on to
www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.