Rand: MLS in Minneapolis? Maybe someday ...

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  • Updated: May 16, 2013 - 10:08 AM

The Vikings’ stadium design, unveiled Monday, is Major League Soccer-friendly, MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche said.

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whb1May. 15, 1311:46 PM

C'mon, push a bit harder with your questions. The moral of the story is that soccer has always been put out there as a "potential" for the stadium and as a way to help sell it as "multi-use" with no actual planning for such a use.

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northernwallMay. 16, 1310:16 AM

Based on released schematics, the area necessary to fit a world cup playing space is not actually there. The ad boards and sidelines would not fit with the minimum dimensions for a field as stated by FIFA. If this is not the case, it would be great to hear clarity from the Vikings organization. This story seems dishonest, at least based on what information has been made public. It's be great to see a follow up story to this piece that put pressure on the Vikings organization to demonstrate that FIFA/World Cup soccer can be played here, because beyond talk tracks - the actual schematics/data being shared says that FIFA regulation matches CAN NOT BE HELD in this stadium. And that's of course without considering the quality of playing surface that the stadium will have. A franchise that is more concerned with running the numbers on soccer than they are about building the appropriate facilities for the potential, is not going to be a successful franchise.

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nordmann14May. 16, 1311:08 AM

not gonna happen in this NFL only stadium... hard to be plausible when a world cup field wouldn't even fit. Lets just be honest and stop calling it the people's stadium; it's the viking's stadium and that's it.

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joeleybaMay. 16, 13 1:58 PM

What Dan Courtemanche said about the stadium is true, the new stadium would work for MLS. Of course CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City worked, Cardinal Stadium in Naperville, IL worked, Spartan Stadium in San Jose worked, and Robertson Stadium in Houston worked too. But none of them were a good experience for professional soccer. Remember soccer fans, it all comes down to this: “Not only is this facility unique to Minnesota, but the stadium will also provide Vikings fans with the best game‐day experience in the NFL, which has always been our goal.” - Mark Wilf

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largewuMay. 16, 13 1:59 PM

The more I hear about the new stadium, the less excited I am for a potential MLS team playing there. I really want a major league team in town, but only if the ownership is truly committed, which the Wilfs clearly aren't. The Seattle Sounders thrive in an NFL stadium because their ownership gets it - they are treated on equal level as the Seahawks, not treated like a diversion. The Wilf's have shown no signs to suggest that their interest in bringing MLS to town was anything other a ruse.

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ajwattMay. 16, 13 2:04 PM

From the fly-through video and the pictures that have been published by the Vikings, it is clear that this stadium is intended to host sold out Gophers baseball games and Vikings games. As other commenters have already pointed out, it is not possible to put soccer in there with proper field dimensions. The sad truth is, just as with TCF Stadium, the ability to host soccer was a false promise made to win broader support for public funding.

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