In a press release yesterday, Charlotte Motor Speedway owners Bruton and Marcus Smith announced that they had met with the MLS commissioner to talk about becoming potential investors to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to Charlotte.
“I am very interested in bringing a major league soccer club to Charlotte. MLS has great momentum and a tremendous future, and so does our city. Charlotte would be a great addition to the league, and an MLS club would be a great addition to Charlotte. We are working with local leaders on an application, and hope to have more to say in February,” commented Marcus Smith.
A possible location of the new professional soccer team may be the historic memorial stadium in Elizabeth, which is currently waiting on $24 million in potential renovations.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County issued a joint statement regarding MLS expansion possibilities in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“We’re honored that Major League Soccer is considering Charlotte for expansion and support the Smith family’s exploration and enthusiasm in ownership. Soccer continues to gain a tremendous following throughout our region as we’ve seen from the international soccer matches we’ve hosted to thriving soccer camps, soccer academies and community programs that are creating the next generation of fans. We’re confident that an MLS team would be successful in the Queen City and look forward to continuing this conversation in the weeks and months to come.”
Negotiations are still underway, but if a deal were to be struck, we likely wouldn’t see our first game for a least a year or two.