SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 26, 2014) – Today, Councilman Mike Gallagher submitted a Council Consideration Request for a resolution affirming City Council’s desire to assist in bringing Major League Soccer to San Antonio. Councilman Gallagher would like the council request to be included as an agenda item as soon as possible.
“The interest in soccer is clearly rising not only worldwide, but in San Antonio, and to have another major league sport in our city would provide great exposure,” said Councilman Gallagher.
Major League Soccer (MLS) has currently planned to expand to 24 teams by the 2020 season. The City of San Antonio finds itself in an excellent position to be a part of this expansion process. This unique opportunity has occurred in part due to the success of the San Antonio Scorpions who play at Toyota Field, located at 5106 David Edwards Dr., which is north of Wurzbach Parkway at Thousand Oaks. Toyota Field is a soccer-specific stadium that was constructed for easy expansion to MLS standards and 18,500 seating capacity. The success of the team and Toyota Field has provided compelling evidence that a professional soccer market exists here in San Antonio.
Councilman Gallagher added that “by having a Major League Soccer Team in San Antonio, our community could yield significant economic impacts as fans from around the region and even Mexico would have the opportunity to see an MLS team play at Toyota Field, spend money at our local shops, restaurants and hotels and contribute to the revitalization of the Northeast Corridor.”
San Antonio has recognized the benefits of one major sports team in this community, the San Antonio Spurs. In 1972, visionary Red McCombs recognized the need to bring professional sports to San Antonio and that decision played a major role in the development of San Antonio’s culture, business development and vitality. Soccer has the same potential to transform San Antonio into a major league city as basketball did over 43 years ago.
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