Garber Visits Vancouver

Garber Visits Vancouver

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 11, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Vancouver Expansion

Since he was on the west coast to start the week, MLS Commissioner Don Garber decided to make a stop in another expansion site, this time being Vancouver. Garber along with MLS President Mark Abbott went to BC Place Stadium on Tuesday, to tour the facility as part of the league’s effort to carefully evaluate each of the six potential markets.

“We were impressed with BC Place Stadium during yesterday’s tour and believe that the downtown location in the heart of Vancouver’s sports and entertainment district could provide a world-class environment for an MLS expansion team,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

“Seeing the stadium helped to bring the renderings of the proposed renovations to life and confirmed that the renovations are on track to create an intimate soccer atmosphere.”

While his comments weren’t nearly as enthusiastic as they were in Portland, I still think it is positive to see the league carefully look at each expansion site here.

I think the Vancouver bid has to do the most to impress Garber here as it could easily sneak in to one of the two spots if one of the bigger bids from St. Louis, Miami or Portland fall through. I’ve been thinking for a while now that Montreal is gone,  Vancouver has to be the dark horse pick to get in here.

Sure this news isn’t anything bid but do you think a positive trip up there will help Vancouver any more than it did for Portland earlier in the week?

  • Duane Rollins

    Other than the fact that it's Canadian, I'm not sure how you qualify Vancouver's bid as somehow smaller than the others mentioned. <br />
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    The con to the bid is the stadium, which is in the Seattle model. It has an equal fan support to Portland, which less money questions (Portland still has to get approval for that stadium plan. It isn't a sure thing. Not in this economy). The money is there — and it's almost entirely private equity. <br />
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    If Miami didn't have Barcelona behind it we wouldn't be talking about it – a bad history, poor stadium plan and the Chivas USA model make me very leery of this bid.<br />
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    Where is the money in St. Louis. We still don't know.<br />
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    The other two bids are dismissed by everyone, but I'm not prepared to do that until I hear it from MLS. Both Ottawa and Atlanta have serious, secure money behind them.

  • John

    Miami will have MLS in 2010. It's a done deal.

  • Other than the fact that it’s Canadian, I’m not sure how you qualify Vancouver’s bid as somehow smaller than the others mentioned.

    The con to the bid is the stadium, which is in the Seattle model. It has an equal fan support to Portland, which less money questions (Portland still has to get approval for that stadium plan. It isn’t a sure thing. Not in this economy). The money is there — and it’s almost entirely private equity.

    If Miami didn’t have Barcelona behind it we wouldn’t be talking about it – a bad history, poor stadium plan and the Chivas USA model make me very leery of this bid.

    Where is the money in St. Louis. We still don’t know.

    The other two bids are dismissed by everyone, but I’m not prepared to do that until I hear it from MLS. Both Ottawa and Atlanta have serious, secure money behind them.

  • John

    Miami will have MLS in 2010. It’s a done deal.