Detroit Wants In On MLS Expansion (Again)

Detroit Wants In On MLS Expansion (Again)

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 25, 2013
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  • Detroit Expansion, Features, MLS Expansion
Downtown Detroit. (Detroit CVB)

Downtown Detroit. (Detroit CVB)

One of America’s most broke cities wants back in the MLS expansion race. But that hasn’t stopped the owners of the Pontiac Silverdome from paving the way for the potential of a stadium in the city — which could bring an MLS club to the Detroit’s downtown.

Toronto-based Triple Properties Inc. submitted a bid for the Wayne County justice department in hopes of acquiring five justice properties with a vision at developing a 275,000 square foot retail complex and a stadium that could lure a franchise to Detroit. Triple Properties has been eyeing the addition of an MLS franchise to Detroit since the company acquired the Silverdome four years ago.

Currently Detroit has one of the best attendance numbers for a NPSL team. Detroit City FC have become a huge success in the market there and given how well Detroit supports their teams, I could see a MLS team do very well there if this happens.

The addition of a Detroit team would certainly help out the Midwest region of the US, where Sporting Kansas City, Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew reside. There’s also the potential for a solid rivalry with Toronto FC.

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