MLS: Major League Soccer has named four finalists for a new franchise. Two expansion teams will be named in mid-December. Here’s a look at the stadium proposals from the four finalists: Detroit, Cincinnati, Nashville and Sacramento.
Tanya Wildt | Detroit Free Press
Detroit has pivoted from its original plan for a standalone soccer stadium to a new plan where Ford Ford, the home of the Detroit Lions, would house the team.
Renowned MEIS Architects completed renderings for the $200-million horse-shoe shaped stadium with a 25,000-seat concept that could expand up to 30,000 seats.
If the city is chosen, the plan is for FC Cincinnati to become the city’s MLS team.
Nashville has approved a $275-million plan for a 27,500-seat soccer-only stadium on an old fairground.
— Nashville Scene (@NashvilleScene) November 8, 2017
Sacramento’s minor league team Sac Republic FC is awaiting an MLS decision on whether they’ll be included in the pro league.
Sacramento has long been considered a front-runner for expansion. The city’s second-division club, Republic FC, draws regular sellouts and the team has begun pre-construction work on a privately-financed soccer stadium in the downtown railyard. Its ownership group is led by local businessman Kevin Nagle and includes San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York, local developer Mark Friedman and members of the Sacramento Kings ownership group. The Sacramento Bee
Meanwhile, a new 20,000-seat stadium for the team is being constructed at The Railyards, an urban innovation center. It will have the capability to extend to 22,000 total capacity. Construction is set to be completed by February 2020.
— Darrell Steinberg (@Mayor_Steinberg) November 29, 2017