MLS Not To Expand to Las Vegas – Las Vegas Soccer Stadium Deal Dead
While soccer’s popularity may be growing in America, Sin City is not where the growth is going to enjoy the bright lights and action.
The dream of an MLS team coming to Las Vegas and the proposed $200 million professional soccer stadium near Las Vegas’ Symphony Park is over. MLS commissioner Don Garber informed Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman that the league is taking a pass on Vegas – at least for the moment. MLS may consider Las Vegas as an expansion market after 2018.
The proposed 24,000-seat soccer stadium had the support of the Mayor’s off and the Las Vegas City Council, which had been exploring the use of public funding to help seal the deal.
The soccer stadium was a project from the Findlay Sports and Entertainment and the Cordish Companies who were going to supply the majority of the funding. While Mayor Goodman believed that Major league sports were long overdue for the city, Las Vegas has to wait for pro soccer.