BUILDING A BETTER HOUSTON
Houston’s newest sports venue has a name December 14, 2011 marks the start of an important and exciting chapter in the history of the Houston Dynamo. Our new, state-of-the-art, soccer-specific stadium will now be known as BBVA Compass Stadium. Beginning May 12, 2012, Houston’s latest entertainment gem will play host to our city’s most important events and sporting competitions.
A PARTNERSHIP WITH A PURPOSE Through their newly-formed partnership, both the Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass will strive to not only grow the sport of soccer in our city, but also to build a better Houston through their tireless work in the community.
BBVA Compass Stadium is good for the community BBVA Compass Stadium has brought 1,500 jobs to the city, and 300 people will be permanently employed once the building is operational. BBVA Compass Stadium will deliver an annual economic impact of approximately $32 million to the region. The stadium will provide a major boost to the East End of downtown, with new businesses opening and community improvement projects throughout the area.
A history of community involvement The Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass have always been an important part of their respective communities. Dynamo players are cognizant of the importance of contributing to our community by actively participating with and representing many of these causes and initiatives. Through Dynamo Charities, the players participate in charitable initiatives such as the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year, Breast Cancer Awareness, Geoff Cameron’s 20 for 20 campaign, Bald is Beautiful, Soccer for Success, Brad’s Brigade and many more. In the city, BBVA Compass’ community focus is on financial education, creating and sustaining affordable housing, improving public education, supporting health and human services, and promoting public education about the environment and sustainability.
Building a better Houston Leading up to the grand opening of BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12, 2012, both the Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass will team up in a variety of community-improvement activities that benefit Houstonâ€™s East End, the new home of the Houston Dynamo.
Building a better mind The Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass will adopt an elementary school in the East End. Dynamo fans, employees and players, along with BBVA Compass employees will volunteer and implement two BBVA Compass community initiatives: “Teach Children to Save” to show kids how to count money and use a bank, and “Reading Counts” to provide books to disadvantaged students.
Building a better planet The new home of the Dynamo will also be good for the environment, as this facility promises to be the most recycled and sustainable stadium ever built. In fact, steps have already begun for certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system with the United States Green Building Council to become the â€œgreenestâ€? stadium in Houston and one of the only LEED certified sports venues in Texas.
Building a better body The Dynamo and BBVA Compass will work with the East End to provide youth with soccer drills, obstacle courses, athletic/game stations, nutrition education/ games, and sports injury information.
Building a better community Through a joint revitalization project in Houstonâ€™s East End neighborhood, the Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass will work with the East End Downtown District to select a neighborhood of focus. Clean-ups, home paintings, home upgrades, tree plantings, graffiti cleanup, and gardening improvements are currently being considered as some of the activities.
The future starts now Through their alliance with BBVA Compass, the Houston Dynamo now have a powerful partner that shares their vision for success and social responsibility. Through their commitment to Houston and to the cityâ€™s East End, both partners will make every effort to bring their vision of Building a Better Houston to a reality that benefits our community through soccer.
Published on Dec 13, 2011