DES MOINES, Iowa (June 6, 2022) — The Iowa Soccer Development Foundation confirmed today that the Pro Iowa Stadium and Global Plaza will open in 2025. The organization is continuing momentum to deliver an inclusive facility that all Iowans can enjoy.
“When we began this initiative, we dreamed of a stadium and gathering space for soccer fans and community members from all backgrounds to unite and celebrate the world’s game,” said Charley Campbell, Iowa Soccer Development Foundation secretary. “We have a lot of positive momentum right now. And now that a formal franchise agreement has been signed, plans are well underway for construction of the stadium and plaza. A 2025 opening date aligns with our goal to deliver a facility that fits with the vision for downtown Des Moines, supports the cultural vibrancy of the region and leverages Iowa’s rich soccer history.
Completion of the Pro Iowa Stadium and Global Plaza was originally planned for 2024. Now, with a 2025 completion date, the additional time allotted for construction will allow for the project to be completed without jeopardizing the integrity of the facilities and experience for visitors.
“As we reevaluated the construction timeline — factoring in supply chain and cost challenges, remediation of the DICO site and conversations with vendors — we determined that a 2025 opening date is more reasonable. This gives us the best possible chance for the team to play a full season,” Campbell said.
Design plans for the stadium and plaza continue to evolve, and leaders remain committed to keeping cost projections consistent with fundraising goals established by the Iowa Soccer Development Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Pro Iowa Initiative. The foundation continues to work toward building a professional soccer stadium and surrounding global plaza for all Iowans that will put our state on the national and international stage.
“The Pro Iowa Stadium and Global Plaza has gained so much support within the community,” Campbell said. “We know Iowans are thrilled Des Moines will be home to the state’s first USL Championship club, and we know that excitement will continue to build as we work to brand and build the team. We sincerely thank our donors, partners and future fans for their continued patience and support. And believe me when I say, we have a lot of good news in the pipeline!”
Pro Iowa, the initiative to bring professional soccer to Iowa, still seeks community input in the coming months to develop the team’s name, crest and other branding. To participate in the fan community and assist in the branding effort, fill out the survey at USLProIowa.com/team.