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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Could this be the First Major Pro Sports Team to Call Las Vegas Home?

Justin Findlay and Cordish Companies have joined together in the hopes of building a 24,000-seat soccer stadium at Symphony Park in downtown Las Vegas for a Major League Soccer franchise to call home.  The $300 million project was announced Wednesday, and will be proposed on May 21 to the Las Vegas City Council.  With all the talk Las Vegan locals hear about pro sports teams and venues coming to Vegas, Findlay aims to step in and finally make one of these visions a reality. "I really believe Las Vegas deserves it," he told the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Major League Soccer is expanding from 19 to 24 teams by the year 2020.  Four cities have already received new franchises, so Las Vegas is in competition with five different cities for the final spot. According to Findlay, "It will be a race to see who can put the best package together."

Bringing a pro sports team to Vegas has long been a dream of Mayor Oscar Goodman and the city of Las Vegas. Goodman and his wife Carolyn have made efforts to bring an NBA or NHL team to the city, but nothing has materialized. Carolyn called the pull for a pro sports team "Oscar's passion", saying, "There are three parts to any great city. It's your medical, it's your cultural, it's your sports. That's something he knew."

Findlay believes that all we're missing is sports, and he's determined to change it.  See above images for an artist's rendering of the proposed Major League Soccer stadium to be located in Symphony Park.

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