There have been a few brief efforts in attracting major league soccer to NC. Winston-Salem had a plan for a downtown soccer stadium and the Triangle was hoping to land a major league team to a soccer complex near Cary outside of Raleigh. Both those efforts have died but there is talk of possibly building a major league soccer stadium between Greensboro and Winston-Salem in "The Heart of the Triad" development. As of today thats only on the development's wish list with no concrete plans are in place. There have been two efforts in attracttin a major league sports stadium between Greensboro and Winston-Salem. The first was in the 1960s with a sports complex that would have included an NFL stadium and a NASCAR track. There are even renderings of the stadium and track. Guilford and Forsyth County residents in a poll surprisingly voted in favor of taxes to pay for the complex but some local leaders didnt see it that way so that plan was squashed. In 1998 there was a plan to build a major league ballpark between the two cities and that plan failed when voters rejected a prepared food tax to pay for the stadium. The ballpark would have been built on the Guilford/Forsyth County line and would have included a Six Flags theme park on the Guilford side. Now maybe the third time is the charm.
The two largest CMSA's in the United States without a major league sports franchise are
1) [Hampton Roads] Norfolk--Virginia Beach--Newport News, VA--NC MSA ( 1.6 million)
2) [Piedmont Triad] Greensboro--Winston-Salem--High Point, NC MSA (1.4 million)
The Triad has one of the fastest growing hispanic populations in the country which is a segment of the population that loves soccer or "futbol"
Major League Soccer is growing is steadily growing in popularity. Will the Piedmont Triad land a major league soccer team? and if so when would it likely happen?
BTW the Triad did at one time have a major league team which was the ABA Carolina Cougars. The team was based in Greensboro but home games were played in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte. The ABA was the NBA's rival and some former ABA teams such as the Indian Pacers moved on to the NBA when the two leagues merged in the 1970s. In the late 1990s Greensboro was temporary home for the NHL Carolina Hurricanes while the RBC Center was being constructed.
Edited by cityboi, 07 July 2008 - 01:02 PM.