Stadium Side-by-Side: KC vs. Houston

BBVA Compass Stadium opened on May 12, 2012 and has sold out five of its first eight MLS matches

On Wednesday night, Sporting Kansas City will play their first ever game at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Houston Dynamo’s newly constructed home. Houston has yet to lose in their new digs (5-0-3) and are fresh off a 4-0 home thumping of D.C. United on Sunday.

While six new-look stadiums have opened in MLS since 2010, BBVA Compass Stadium and Kansas City’s LIVESTRONG Sporting Park are the two newest built-from-scratch venues. Here’s a look at how the facilities match up with one another:

  LIVESTRONG Sporting Park BBVA Compass Stadium
Cost of construction $200 million $95 million
Capacity 18,467 (plus standing room) 22,039
Suites 36 35
Playing surface features Natural grass with under-soil heating and cooling Tifway 419 Bermuda sports turf
Roof Canopy roof covers every seating section 75-foot canopies over east and west sidelines; 125-foot canopy over south end zone
Size of stadium 342,105 sq. ft. 340,000 sq. ft.
Video boards Two (South End 2,016 sq. ft. HD; North End 550 sq. ft HD) One (1000 sq. ft. HD)
Locker rooms 6 5
Broadcast booths 7 7
Other facts and features · 300 HD televisions · Located in downtown Houston
· 150 free Wi-Fi access points · 1,100 club seats
· 2011 Venue of the Year for the world’s best stadium, arena or sports venue · Faceted facade of expanded metal mesh with orange polycarbonate enclosed entrances
Hosted U.S. Men's & Women's National Teams; CONCACAF Gold Cup & Olympic Qualifying · Home to Texas Southern University football team