City Islanders likely to stay in Harrisburg
The Harrisburg City Islanders appear to be staying on the island.
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a news conference Thursday morning to announce plans for a new stadium, according to his office. He will be joined by Dauphin County commissioners, business leaders and team officials.
Papenfuse's office said the plan is to upgrade the current facility seating to more than 4,500 seats.
It also calls for a new entrance plaza, concession area, locker rooms, restroom facilities, scoreboard and a variety of other amenities to allow this facility to be a multiuse soccer field, youth development center and concert arena.
"This new facility is being planned for 2016," Papenfuse said.
Team officials went public last summer about the need for a new stadium. They pegged the cost at $6 million to $8 million.
Dauphin County gaming funds helped pay for a $25,000 planning and economic study.
The City Islanders are a developmental team for the Philadelphia Union of the MLS.
UPDATE: Harristown Enterprises Inc., the project manager, is now estimating the project at $14 million.
The next step will be fundraising, said Brad Jones, vice president of community development.
“It will be a mix of public and private financing,” he said. “We’ll work on that over the next year.”