Arizona Wanting MLS

Arizona Wanting MLS

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 10, 2007

I stumbled over an article this morning on how Arizona and the city of Phoenix are looking to get a MLS side in their town as a part of the next round of expansion.

A young and ambitious man by the name of Dana Gagnon is leading the way to get a $150 million stadium that would house a new club. Now get this, the stadium would be a 25,000 seater with a retractable-roof! That is bold and very ambitious and probably highly unlikely.

Now, I have been mostly against any expansion in the desert. Facts remain that they aren’t the best area for sports. I still firmly believe that. Sure the Mexican population is good down there for a side to support but I just don’t see it yet.

Gagnon, to his credit is really getting the ball rolling on this and has had some success in doing so. The US-Mexico game in Glendale worked. 60,000 plus were on hand for the US win, and there have also been a couple of friendlies for the MLS down that way in the Valley that have been alright on attendance. Reports have said about 4,500 for two matches. Not bad.

I still question a team in the Valley though. But I can’t argue if a good facility is in place for a team to use. If a deal works out for a stadium and it gets built then I will have no problem at all with a team down there. I think the biggest obstacle in my head right now is a stadium issue and how to get people to support a team down there.

More to come on this, I am sure.