ST. Paul, Minn. (CelebrityAccess) — The prospects of Major League Soccer in Minnesota moved forward after St. Paul officials struck a deal to pave the way for the construction of a $120 million stadium in the city's Midway neighborhood to serve as a home for the Major League Soccer team Manchester United FC.
According to Minnesota Public Radio, Mayor Chris Coleman and Minnesota United FC team owner Bill McGuire announced a partnership last week to build the nearly 20,000-seat stadium.
"Located between two great downtowns, situated along multiple transit options and the interstate, and in the heart of a dynamic community, this site provides us the opportunity to work in partnership with the city of St. Paul and the local community to establish top-tier professional soccer that will be readily accessible to everyone," McGuire said during in a media event announcing the deal.
McGuire had previously said that the stadium's construction would be privately funded, but said that the deal is contingent on the stadium property being exempted from property taxes in perpetuity, making it a tough sell with state legislators.
Major investors backing the proposed soccer franchise include owners of the Twins and the Minnesota Timberwolves, both teams with deep connections to Minneapolis. – Staff Writers