MLS recently announced plans to expand to 30 teams, and amid that news came renderings of a possible new stadium in a likely expansion city — St. Louis. The ownership group behind the effort to bring an MLS team to the city unveiled new renderings of an HOK and Snow Kreilich Architects-designed stadium that would have permanent seating for 22,500 fans and be able to expand to 25,500. The structure would include a translucent canopy to cover fans while allowing light onto the field, and each seat would be within 120 feet of the field. — St. Louis Magazine

Marquette University this week unveiled its new $24 million Athletic and Human Performance Research Center. The 46,000-square-foot facility serves both athletic and research functions as the name indicates. Research space for a variety of academic disciplines will be housed within the facility, as well as strength and conditioning space for athletics, locker and support space for the lacrosse and golf programs and more. A dedication ceremony is planned for later this month. — Journal Sentinel

San Jose State University recently cut the ribbon on a new $130 million recreation and aquatic center. The new Student Recreation and Aquatic Center, colloquially referred to as “S-RACK, was designed by architecture firm Gensler. It features a three court gymnasium, a rock climbing wall, fitness equipment, an indoor track and group exercise rooms across 128,000-square-feet of space. Two outdoor pools, one a 21-lane competition pool, the other for recreation purposes, complete the facility. — Mercury News

Idaho State University this week unveiled plans to renovate Davis Field, the school’s soccer and outdoor track and field venue. The $4 million project will upgrade the facility to meet NCAA standards for hosting events (in its current condition, the facility cannot host track and field events or postseason soccer tournaments). Plans call for removing bleachers on the east side, widening the soccer field, replacing and widening the track surface and improving drainage. — Idaho State Journal

The University of Missouri-Kansas City will receive a $1.5 million upgrade for its athletic facilities, including the Swinney Center, sports medicine and sports performance facilities. The Swinney Center, home to the school’s basketball and volleyball teams, will restructure space and include new fan amenities and branding elements. — Kansas City Star

Jason Scott is Online Managing Editor of Athletic Business.