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