Lexington Pro Soccer unveils rendering concepts for new Downtown Stadium

United Soccer League (USL) League One’s Lexington Pro Soccer has released the rendering concepts of its proposed downtown stadium, which would serve as a multi-purpose venue, surrounded by retail, lodging and entertainment opportunities.

Bill Shively, Majority Owner of Lexington Pro Soccer and Managing Partner of iVisionary Capital Partners, said:

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.

Designed by global architecture firm Gensler, the 6,000+ seat Lexington Pro Soccer multi-use venue and soccer stadium would feature 45,000 square feet of entertainment-focused retail with patio views overlooking both the stadium and Rupp Arena.

The proposed 6,000+ seat Lexington Pro Soccer multi-use venue and soccer stadium – designed by Gensler – would feature 45,000 square feet of entertainment-focused retail with patio views overlooking both the stadium and Rupp Arena

A 160-room hotel, a 250-unit upscale, multi-family residential development and integrated parking garages on-site in excess of the current available parking, are also included in the development plans.

Stadium design and construction

Gensler has deep expertise in stadium design and construction. The firm is responsible for the design of the Milwaukee Bucks Entertainment Block (Milwaukee Bucks), Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles Football Club) and BMO Field (Toronto Football Club), Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium, among others.

Ryan Sickman, Principal, Gensler, said:

We’re honoured to have been chosen to help with the design of Lexington Pro Soccer’s stadium and we’re excited about the potential for a downtown venue for the club. 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.

Lexington Pro Soccer currently has a vacancy for a Director Marketing & Communications. Click here for more information.

In addition to its stadium design, Lexington Pro Soccer has undergone an in-depth branding process over the past three months. This process, which has included significant input from Central Kentucky residents, will lead to the creation of the club’s official name, crest and colours, which are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Lexington Pro Soccer’s inaugural season will begin Spring 2023.

About Lexington Pro Soccer

In October 2021, Lexington, Kentucky was awarded a professional soccer expansion team to compete in USL League One, the third division of U.S. professional soccer, beginning in early 2023. The club will initially play at a collegiate facility, with terms being finalised and a formal announcement to be forthcoming.
Plans are developing to bring a state-of-the-art, high-tech stadium to serve as the club’s home, to Lexington. In addition, Lexington Pro Soccer intends to reinvest in local talent, constructing a world-class soccer academy and training facility to expand youth access to soccer and offer older players a route back into the sport.

Source & imagery, courtesy: Lexington Pro Soccer

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