Soccer-specific stadium

Soccer-Specific Stadium

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Soccer-specific stadium (or football-specific stadium) is a term used mainly in the United States, Canada and Australia, coined by Lamar Hunt, to refer to a sports stadium either purpose built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to an all purpose stadium which is primarily used for soccer. A SSS (FSS) may host other events such as other sporting events (mostly lacrosse, American football and rugby football), and concerts, but the design and purpose of an SSS is centered on soccer. Some facilities (most notably Toyota Park, Pizza Hut Park and Columbus Crew Stadium) have a permanent stage at one end of the stadium used for the express purpose of staging concerts.

A SSS typically has amenities, dimensions and scale suitable for soccer in North America, including a scoreboard, video screen, luxury suites and possibly even a roof. The field dimensions are within the range found optimal by FIFA — 110–120 yards (100-110m) long by 70–80 yards (64-75m) wide, Although the official Laws of the Game allow for pitches in adult matches to be 100–130 yards (90-120m) long by 50–100 yards (45-90m) wide, the more restrictive range is specified for international matches. wider than the regulation American football field width of 53⅓ yards. Lastly, the seating capacity is generally small enough to provide an intimate setting, between 18,000 – 30,000 for a Major League Soccer (MLS)...
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