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Louisville commits $75K for feasibility study of soccer stadium

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9,434 fans showed up to cheer on Louisville City FC against Orlando City SC in the summer of 2015 (Photo by Eric Crawford). 9,434 fans showed up to cheer on Louisville City FC against Orlando City SC in the summer of 2015 (Photo by Eric Crawford).

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville City FC could be on its way to a new home soon as the city announced Wednesday it is looking into the possibility of building a soccer stadium. 

The study will examine four areas, including downtown, to determine the possibility of building a stadium that could serve as a multi-purpose venue that would be a home for the minor league soccer team. 

“Professional soccer is off to a great start in Louisville, and a new soccer stadium could have many positive impacts on our economy,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “This new investment in soccer will contribute to our authentic and vibrant community and give citizens one central team to rally around.”

The team has made no secret of its goal to land a Major League Soccer franchise in the coming years and the city's commitment to this study will be a good sign of support. 

"We’re very pleased that we’re making progress," team owner Wayne Estopinal said Wednesday afternoon. "The Mayor has been consistently a strong supporter or pro soccer in Louisville and we are delighted that we’re making progress toward knowing more about the stadium and how it will fit in the city."

The team's management has been working with the mayor's office to move forward on finding a home and have provided the city with their needs out of a stadium. 

The team would want a stadium to hold 8,000-10,000 fans and would be expandable to 20,000 for the possibility of landing an MLS franchise. 

“The remarkable success of the Louisville City FC shows that our community supports and craves professional soccer” said president and CEO of Greater Louisville, Inc., Kent Oyler. “From the business perspective, having multiple high-energy spectator sports like LouCity FC helps with talent attraction and retention.”

The $75,000 study is being conducted by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International and the the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau could approve further studies on the possibility of building a youth sports complex. An academy training ground would be a necessity if Louisville City hopes to land an MLS franchise.  

You can read the full contract here.

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