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Will Greensboro be poised for Major League Soccer?

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Here is a soccer news blog which lists Greensboro among the top non major league soccer cities in the country.

Under the Radar: Where is the Next Great Soccer City?

http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/under-the-radar-where-is-the-next-great-soccer-city/7052

Greensboro is home to the Carolina Dynamo which usually has high attendance during home games. In fact MacPherson Stadium was recently expanded from 3,000 seats to 7,000 seats. Thats more fixed seats than NewBridge Bank Park. Keep In mind the smallest Major League Soccer Stadium has 10,000 seats while the average number of seats in a major league soccer stadium vary between 15,000 and 30,000 seats. Major League Soccer is one of two major league sports not in North Carolina and its really the last hope of the Triad landing a major league sports franchise because you can count major league baseball out. If Major League Soccer were looking to expand to North Carolina, they would look at two areas. The Triad and the Triangle (Soccer very popular in Cary as well) While expansion may be years away, I think Greensboro needs to continue to keep its eye on the ball because in 10 years or so it could be a reality. It really depends on how well the economy is doing though. There are a few things in Greensboro's that favor over Raleigh. The city is centrally located and there are no other major league teams that would compete. Greensboro has also hosted Major League Soccer exhibition games and in February the Philadelphia Union held their pre-season training camp in Greensboro. The Triad also has a larger Latino population that the Triangle. Time will only tell whether or not the Gate City lands a Major League Soccer team in the future. And who knows, it may be a Triad team and not a Greensboro team. The idea of a big league soccer stadium in the "Heart of the Triad" proposal has been floated around along with a new home for the Wyndham Championship between Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

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That is interesting. Greensboro has always been a big soccer city. But enough to support a major league team? Only way I could see it was if a stadium was built in the middle of the Triad. I don't see folks from W-S driving all the way to Bryan Park to watch games regularly.

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It appears that may be the case. Look at page 33 on this pdf document. Major League Soccer is a good fit for the Triad. It doesnt require as much corporate support as with the NBA or Major League Baseball (soccer players don't make big salaries like in the NBA or MLB). There is a large fan base here. Soccer is extremely popular among latinos and the Triad just happens to have the largest and fastest growing latino population in the state. They would likely propose something similar to the major league baseball effort back in 1998 by planning the stadium to be built on the Guilford/Forsyth County line so no Triad city can claim ownership of the team. But clearly Major League Soccer is the focus for profession sports in the heart of the Triad concept followed by a PGA golf course in efforts to make Greensboro's PGA tour a Triad Tour event. But it may be a hard sell to Greensboro to move its PGA event to the center of the Triad. Leaders here are happy that the PGA promotes Greensboro on a national level. The concept outlines the fact that the soccer stadium could be used for NCAA championships which would further give the area a reputation for hosting sports championship events. The way to fund the soccer stadium has already been identified. "With a special tax district, Amendment 1 financing and perhaps a special hotel occupancy tax, dedicated sources could generate sufficient funds to build the soccer stadium"

http://www.partnc.org/images/HOTCharretteOutcomes.pdf

http://www.partnc.org/images/HOTCharretteSummaryFinal.pdf

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