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  1. Posted about 3 weeks ago it got buried a few pages back. Long story short 70K stadiums unless you're Chelsea, Man U, Man City, Bayern Munich, Aresnal those blue bloods in the sport then it creates a poor environment. MLS also likes being the primary tenant. Atlanta is an exception in recent expansion because their new staidum was created to alter seating to create a closer to the pitch experience for fans and then move it back for Falcon games. They also have 30k season ticket holders last I saw. A friend posted a blog entry that shared a snippet of the quotes about stadium locale from the MLS commissioner. Garber, 2014, Atlanta The formula for us is a downtown environment, particularly in Atlanta, where most people don’t realize how many young people in the millennium category now live in this city and can walk to the stadium. They can walk to the stadium and create an environment that we didn’t have 5-10 years ago in the league. Garber, 2014, Miami MLS won’t go to Miami without downtown stadium Garber, 2014, MLS State of the League Address The downtown formula has been working for us and it's hard to imagine that we would go into a market where we don't have that scenario St Louis Investor, 2016, St Louis It is our understanding that Major League Soccer prefers its teams to play in downtown venues. Garber, 2016, Cincinnati If we could wave a magic wand, we would love to have soccer stadiums downtown in every market. That's not always the situation for us. Garber, 2016, Sacramento Garber believes Sacramento Republic FC will play in MLS by 2020 Working with Sacramento city officials, the team is poised to build a 25,000-seat, $226 million privately financed MLS stadium at the northeast corner of the downtown railyard once the league awards a franchise.
  2. Terms are now posted on the county site. Addressing relocation, 25 year agreement with 5 year options after. Major renovations undertaken by the county (dislike) evaluated after the 11th year of the agreement and executed by the 21st year. CRVA has 6 free days, county 14 free days. http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/news/Pages/MLS.aspx Also kermit - I looked it up after but I misspoke over a club being relocated. When a viable stadium option wasn't found, the San Jose franchise was relocated to Houston in 2005, with a guarantee of a club being back in San Jose by 2008.
  3. I see what you are saying, it's hard to see how that would work as moving a team is unprecedented in the MLS. I'm not sure how the single entity aspect of the league plays into that (owners are shareholders/operators of their club within the MLS LLC versus the traditional franchise owner in NFL/MLB/NBA). Have they dissolved under-performing organizations? Yes. Have they moved them? Not yet.
  4. This has so much going on in it that I can see everyone's side when it comes to being against any public funding and the Smith's desire for it. I agree the city share that is in the tourism tax this type of thing is what it's their for. The argument could be made using the funds for this or the convention center. But I'm not sure if it's a situation where the projects are dueling for funds or if both could be supported. I definitely don't like the county side of the deal even as someone who would probably have season tickets. At the same time do I think the county should totally skate by without some skin in the game for mostly private funds improving their land? No. It's the $50M, now $43.75M number that's just too much. If the city did $50, county $20 and the Smith's the other $100-120 that would probably be my comfort level with the taxpayer obligation. Lost in all of this is the $150M expansion fee the Smith's would have to pay, building an academy and training ground which is another $75M and then the balance of the stadium renovations which current proposal stands at $90M. Before a single game is played the Smith's are offering to pay $315M for the team infrastructure. Not including staff and players.
  5. This is just a facet to the whole thing and the Smith's have been quiet on the rest of the process. If the vote happens on the 26th as the county stated and it's approval for Memorial then I think the city has the easier part following suit of allocating the tourism tax funds. Definitely achievable by the 31st. The actual votefor expansion doesn't happen till later in the year so I am sure we wouldn't be the only city still dotting the i's on the stadium deals.
  6. Even as a soccer fan thank goodness this will be put to a vote next week and whether we're going full on for MLS now will be decided.
  7. Went the shortly after it opened and thought it was an overpriced version of Vida Vida. Probably have to charge more to cover their lease but there are better options for Tex-Mex at a lower price IMO.
  8. On the latest podcast from ESPN Charlotte radio, the person who wrote the article states a county commissioner e-mailed him and mentioned the Hal Marshall site was discussed but it would have a 0% chance of happening due to the lack of use for the area.
  9. How about something like this from Playhouse Square in Cleveland? Sorry for the drive by picture I took over the holidays
  10. Here is the post on Saturday, comments just pushed it to a previous page already.
  11. http://www.espncharlotte.net/could-mls-be-in-uptown/ The plot thickens.. Thoughts on a stadium in Uptown?
  12. Mostly http://www.reddit.com/r/mls as expansion news comes up or on occasion I'll check http://forums.bigsoccer.com/forums/mls-expansion.35/
  13. Eastland or anything not in a neighborhood connected to Uptown is a losing proposal for MLS. A friend posted a blog entry that shared a snippet of the quotes about stadium locale from the MLS commissioner. Garber, 2014, Atlanta The formula for us is a downtown environment, particularly in Atlanta, where most people don’t realize how many young people in the millennium category now live in this city and can walk to the stadium. They can walk to the stadium and create an environment that we didn’t have 5-10 years ago in the league. Garber, 2014, Miami MLS won’t go to Miami without downtown stadium Garber, 2014, MLS State of the League Address The downtown formula has been working for us and it's hard to imagine that we would go into a market where we don't have that scenario St Louis Investor, 2016, St Louis It is our understanding that Major League Soccer prefers its teams to play in downtown venues. Garber, 2016, Cincinnati If we could wave a magic wand, we would love to have soccer stadiums downtown in every market. That's not always the situation for us. Garber, 2016, Sacramento Garber believes Sacramento Republic FC will play in MLS by 2020 Working with Sacramento city officials, the team is poised to build a 25,000-seat, $226 million privately financed MLS stadium at the northeast corner of the downtown railyard once the league awards a franchise.
  14. Part of the rebrand that NCFC's owner started a year ago. New name, women's team are all part of MLS ambitions. Their current field is a gem in the lower divisions but I'm not sure the Cary locale will work for the next level. Expansion waves show priorities change but this one feels like market and stadium situation are being prioritized. Likely after the debacle with Miami and (almost) debacle with Minnesota. NCFC has been quieter on their potential sites around RDU to really gauge if they have one that fits the urban or connected to urban center that MLS is seeking. If an agreement for Memorial funding through the city/county is locked down before the Jan 31st deadline then I think we jump near the top of the list. It'd make too much sense from the ownership net worth, site location, market size now and growth projections, plus regionally fills a gap in the southeast.
  15. D2 championship is/was at Sporting KC's stadium. Definitely doable if built.