Kroenke at the wheel of Midway Rising project


Kroenke Group joins San Diego arena Midway Rising Image: Safdie Rabines Architects

Billionaire sports team owner Stan Kroenke’s development group announced on June 12th that it will be the chief investor for the massive redevelopment of San Diego’s (US) Sports Arena site, known as Midway Rising.

‘CBS8’ stated that Kroenke, who owns the National Football League (NFL) team Los Angeles Rams and the Denver Nuggets professional football and basketball team, will be the main investor in repurposing the 48.5-acre site which will be home to an estimated 4,250 residential housing units as well as a new indoor sports arena.

Selected by the City of San Diego in 2021, the Midway Rising project includes a brand-new, 16,000-seat, state-of-the-art arena, a hotel, 4,000 housing units, 20 acres of green space, childcare and healthcare facilities, among others.

‘CBS8’ further stated that the Kroenke Group will take control from the Midway Rising Development team comprising developer Zephyr, sporting arena management group, Legends, and affordable housing builder, Chelsea.

The transition comes less than a year after the Mayor of San Diego, Todd Gloria, selected the Midway Rising Project over two other applicants. However, questions over the viability of the Midway Rising team arose during the City’s selection process.

Said Mayor Gloria at a June 12 news conference, “The Kroenke Group’s investment will make it that much more certain that this project will actually come to fruition. This is a major milestone in the process of reclaiming this space for the people and the Midway community. This is more evidence that the City of San Diego is a City on the rise. There’s no question that we are a City worthy of investment.”

Jason Gannon of the Kroenke Group agreed with the Mayor Gloria’s assessment.

Stated Gannon, “We believe in Midway Rising’s vision of a new arena district that excites, captivates and attracts both new and old visitors alike.”

The newly configured Midway Rising team will continue to work on the preliminary permitting needed prior to a final design being completed.

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