USA: Green light in Carson, red in Minneapolis

source: AP / inforum.com

USA: Green light in Carson, red in Minneapolis There’s good and bad news from the US about two stadiums. The NFL megaproject in Carson was approved, while the Minnesota Senate blocked tax exemptions for MLS stadium.

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Good news for enthusiasts of the planned Los Angeles Stadium in Carson. Yesterday the three-member city council voted unanimously in favour of the plan to build the US$1.7 billion (RM6.1 billion) arena, following a petition drive paid for by Chargers and Raiders, NFL franchises both of which previously played in LA.

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"Football is coming to Carson," new Mayor Albert Robles said at the meeting, adding that construction could begin as soon as the end of the year. The 168-acre site for the potential stadium in Carson, located near major freeways, would also host entertainment events and provide hotel and retail space, according to city documents. An impact report forecasts the project becoming a "regional attraction".

Bad news from Minneapolis, regarding the Minnesota United stadium plan. The Minnesota Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to block professional soccer owners from even getting close to their goal of tax breaks for a Minneapolis stadium.

The unexpected 61-4 vote bars the state from spending or borrowing any money or using any tax expenditures to “fund the construction of a new major league soccer stadium.”

This decision puts the entire MLS ambition of Minnesota United in jeopardy. The franchise needs to provide a viable plan for their own stadium if they are to become latest expansion of the league.

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