Miami is not the only city in discussions over constructing a new soccer stadium.
Officials in Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota each are looking at the issue as their local NASL club, Minnesota United FC, prepares to make the transition from its current league to Major League Soccer, which could happen in either 2017 or 2018.
Following the March announcement that MUFC would be joining MLS, league officials set a July 1 deadline for team ownership to firm up stadium plans with the city of Minneapolis. However, with that deadline passed, the Star Tribune reported that league and team officials have expanded stadium discussions with St. Paul officials.
While talks between officials with Minnesota United and Minneapolis are on-going, the report noted that St. Paul officials have put together a preliminary list of ways that city could work with the team. Those ideas include tax exemptions and ways to improve parking and infrastructure around a possible stadium.
The Star Tribune also reported that draft legislation focused on a “sports park” would require at least $100 million in funding, have 18,000 seats and create more than 1,500 construction jobs. In addition, local youth sports leagues and high schools would also have an opportunity to use the stadium for select events each year.
As discussions over a new stadium continue, the team recently added 500 seats to its current home, NSC Stadium. The team has averaged more than 9,000 fans for its games this season.