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Prodigal, ADG to build soccer stadium in Oklahoma City

BY RHIANNON WALKER, Staff Writer, Published: July 16, 2013

Prodigal LLC has partnered with ADG, Inc., a locally owned architecture firm, to design and build a soccer specific stadium to house Prodigal's United Soccer Leagues professional franchise.

Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. said Tuesday there are four to five sites for the stadium that he, Prodigal LLC and ADG, Inc., have zoned in on.

He described the ideal location as being near a main thoroughfare and having a lot of surrounding land for parking, possible practice facilities, small soccer venues, and/or entertainment attractions.

Funk said the company would like the stadium to be close to the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, and not a place fans have to travel 45 to 60 minutes to get to. The team will begin play in the spring of 2014.

“We've kind of zoned in on about five different areas that are wholly distinct,” Funk said. “Some are closer to each other than others. We've had some initial talks, but nothing substantive at this point about claims to lands purchase. But we have talked about, as a group, ‘If we were to put it here, what it would look like?' ... They're all within the Oklahoma City metro area.

“We want to make sure that it makes sense for everybody that wants to come attend a game, that it's not a 45-60 minute drive. We don't want it to be difficult to get to.”

Funk said at this time he could not comment about the specific location, the possible deals in place for the stadium name, or whether it would be publicly or privately funded.

He did, however, talk heavily about factors such as sunlight, topography, and climate being things the group will keep in consideration for the stadium's location. Making sure it is community- and green-friendly are other important details the group will have in mind.

“I think, obviously, it's very important that we create a green structure, for lack of a better term, going into this and planning for that to try and make as little impact on the surrounding environment and trying to contribute back to the environment's wellness through this process,” Funk said.

Initial plans for the facility call for it to seat 7,000 fans, with the capability to expand to 20,000, which is the minimum size a franchise must have to be considered for an expansion team in Major League Soccer (MLS).

In terms of the stadium styles, Funk said he likes the L.A. Galaxy's multipurpose facility, design and sidelines, as well as the look and design of the Seattle Sounders' stadium. Given the opportunity, Funk would like to visit those facilities along with the Portland Timbers' and Charleston Battery's buildings.

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