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MLS Commissioner Don Garber Says Minnesota “Goes on List” with New Vikings Stadium

2012 May 12
by Brian Quarstad

One new stadium got the attention of MLS Commissioner Don Garber yesterday as he was talking to the media at the opening of another stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. BBVA Compass is the newest soccer specific stadium in MLS, which is now the home of the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo stadium is the 4th MLS SSS to open in the last two years.

While gathered at the stadium yesterday, Garber answered some question from the media. The MLS Commissioner acknowledged the new Vikings stadium approved by the House and Senate, which still needs to be signed by Governor Mark Dayton. The stadium bill has a special inclusion that allows the Vikings exclusive rights to bring in an MLS team to the stadium in the first 5 years of operation.

“I think Minneapolis is a good market,” said Garber. “We have had discussions with the Vikings in the past and I think it goes on the list.”

“I try to impress upon all of our people that this expansion project is a 20-year process,” he said. “It’s not a two- or three-year process and I can’t imagine that 20 years from now, we’re not in markets like Miami or Minneapolis or in Atlanta if a new stadium is built. I think we’ll be in most major markets. We have to be, it’s a big country.”

Here is an outstanding video of the new BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston that will open today at 4:00 when the Dynamo host DC United, another team that is in desperate need of a new stadium. The game and stadium grand opening can be watched today on the NBC Sports Network.

5 Responses
  1. WSW permalink
    May 12, 2012

    So where is the Orlando talk? Citrus Bowl stalled…looks like Rochester all over again.

  2. Bart permalink
    May 12, 2012

    I think Garber is a great politician. As he said, he expects MLS to be in a lot of markets in the next 20 years, MN included. I hope one would not think he would immediately dismiss the stadium after such care was taken to preserve the Viking’s right for the use of the stadium for soccer purposes.

    It certainly is not a 2 or 3 year proposition.

    As it relates to Orlando, big events happen very slowly. If Orlando were to move to MLS, it also will not be in the next 2 or 3 years.

    It is all about taking baby steps here.

  3. May 13, 2012

    “So where is the Orlando talk? Citrus Bowl stalled…looks like Rochester all over again.”

    Not that you remember anything about Rochester. Nor could you tell me what, exactly, happened there.

    Given MLS has given its most recent expansion teams an average of two years from announcement to first game, it’s unlikely a new team will begin play until 2015. Right now, there’s a list (apparently) but it’s not comprehensive.

  4. Thomas OAFC O'Dea permalink
    May 14, 2012

    Nice staduim lets hope for more of these staduims to be built in the future.

  5. Kel permalink
    May 14, 2012

    “So where is the Orlando talk? Citrus Bowl stalled…looks like Rochester all over again.”

    All you should be concerned with is that Tampa is a long way down on any expansion list. Worry about your own club and stop taking shots at Orlando.

    The Rowdies name isn’t drawing any fans and next year you’ll have a USL-Pro team in the area. Good luck.

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