Now under construction, CITYPARK is a space where architecture, green space and gathering places come together organically to inspire CITY fans and the city of St. Louis. The design team of HOK and Snow Kreilich Architects is working closely with the ownership team to ensure that, along with the other new additions in Downtown West, the club’s stadium district will further St. Louis’ revitalization and be a connection point between The Gateway Arch and Forest Park.
The state-of-the-art 22,500 seat open-air stadium will be located just west of Union Station. As a part of the stadium district design vision, every side of the stadium—North, East, South, West—will be open and inclusive and have no back door or back of house. With all sides open, the stadium district is a fully integrated urban design and an inviting experience for all in the St. Louis region and beyond. CITY is creating a best-in-class fan experience that is modern, inclusive and distinct, offering access and providing fan engagement differently than has ever been done before.
The stadium provides moments of connection to the city from the bowl and glimpses from the city into the pitch. The scale and form of the stadium are drawn from the urban context. The main concourse is level with the west end of the Gateway Mall, allowing the stadium to maintain a lower scale within the city. Its form is based on a simple flat portico created by a flat canopy and tall slender columns that frame the upper seating bowl. The canopy serves both to provide weather protection for fans as well as amplify the noise and energy within the stadium.
The southern portion of the stadium that sits on the extension of the Gateway Mall is slightly separated from the northern structure, and treated as a unique condition within the stadium, honoring its position opposite the Gateway Arch and providing powerful views toward it from the premium offerings hovering above the mall.