Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
MLS: Dallas Burn stadium project collapses
February 27th, 2002 12AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Site



On Tuesday, MLS celebrated the ground-breaking on the Los Angeles GalaxyGs new venue in Carson, Calif. On Wednesday, the league revealed bad news from the stadium-building front. The city council of McKinney, Texas voted unanimously to pcease all negotiations on the projectS that would have provided the Dallas Burn a 22,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium. The Hunt Sports Group had been negotiating with the city of McKinney for six months on behalf of MLS. Earlier this month MLS Commissioner Don Garber predicted that the league was close to successfully completing negotiations on splitting up the $51 million stadium costs. "We're on the 10-yard line, and we just need to take it in for the touchdown," Garber had told the Dallas Morning News. On Wednesday, Lamar Hunt, said: "We, and the American soccer community, were clearly blindsided by this development and shocked at the inexplicable negative turn of events regarding the soccer stadium. It is quite disappointing to have expended this much time on good-faith negotiations which, according to the City's chief negotiator, were very close to agreement only four days ago." The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the city council chose to dedicate funds it had previously earmarked for the Burn stadium to youth soccer facilities. "I think the city council looked at the feasibility study and decided when you talk at pure numbers, bringing people, heads and beds, that youth tournament people stay longer in their [hotel] rooms, more nights, as opposed to a Burn game," developer David Craig, who owns the McKinney land, told the Star-Telegram. "I'm still going to set aside land at Stacy from Central to 121 for what I hope will be a site that the county will take to the voters to vote on. I think if it's taken to the voters, the voters will vote to pass it." Garber said, "We are extremely surprised and disappointed by the action taken by the City of McKinney. We were, and are, prepared to move forward with a stadium and youth soccer complex in McKinney and hope that we still have the opportunity to do so."

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Site
USSF's 1988 AGM: The Development Plan, Havelange, Blatter and bananas    
In my 31 years as Soccer America's editor, I'd estimate I've written or edited 50,000 headlines, ...
FIFA: Blatter wins first round, 133-73    
Embattled Sepp Blatter had a 133-73 edge over his sole opponent, Prince Ali of Jordan, in ...
Caribbean combine returns next year    
More than two dozen players from the Caribbean played in MLS this season, and teams looking ...
Saint Louis picked to repeat    
[ATLANTIC-10: Men] Defending champion Saint Louis has been picked to repeat in the Atlantic-10's preseason poll ...
UEFA Champions League viewing schedule    
[TELEVISION GUIDE] The UEFA Champions League moves into Matchday 4 with a special kickoff time of ...
Young Arsenal star suffers horrendous injury    
[ENGLAND] Arsenal teenager Aaron Ramsey, considered the greatest Welsh talent to come along since Ryan Giggs, ...
GAMES: Live and same-day delay on national TV    
MLS WEEKEND WRAPUP: Twellman strikes again; L.A. wins 'Clasico'    
CHAMPIONS: Goal difference gives PSV Dutch title    
>> Soccer America Site Archives