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Louisville's soccer team must have a soccer-specific stadium by 2020

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville soccer team doesn't just want a new home, it's required to have one.

“USL has indicated that by 2020 all USL teams must be in a soccer-specific stadium,” said Louisville City FC President Amanda Duffy.

That may seem like a lot of time, but Duffy says she’s ready to get the ball rolling.

That’s one reason why the city is paying a consultant $75,000 to assess the possibilities of building a new stadium.

The mayor’s office and the city of Louisville is supporting the consulting company to come in and identify the soccer specific sites in Louisville.

The study will outline the most feasible sites for a new stadium, size, costs and economic impact.

The stadium is also an important piece in bringing the team to their ultimate goal: converting to Major League Soccer.

Greater Louisville Inc. President Kent Oyler said a major league team in Louisville would be huge.

“This is a rising sport, it's an exciting sport. When you're trying to get young people to live and stay in Louisville, this is the thing that does it," said Oyler.

As for the perfect place for a soccer stadium, the firm will examine four potential areas, including downtown Louisville.

But Metro councilman Dan Johnson already has his eye on one in particular, which is Champions Park on River Road.

“It's a nice area. I know it has some good use,” said Duffy. “But let's see what the experts have to say.”

Councilman Johnson will explain why he believes Champions Park would be a good location for a new stadium at Thursday’s Metro Council Meeting.

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