By SBI SOCCER
Sacramento Republic might not currently be in line to join MLS, but that is not stopping the club from continuing to think about the benefits it could bring to the city by landing an expansion franchise.
A group of financial advisors released a new economic impact study on Monday that projected how much an MLS stadium would help downtown Sacramento. The report stated, among several things, that a soccer-specific stadium would make for the creation of 1,755 jobs during construction, bring in $30.5 million of annual economic activity to the city and would allow entertainment for 500,000 annual visitors.
The report is the latest step in the city’s “Operation Turnkey” initiative, which was launched by mayor Kevin Johnson and other officials to help land an MLS franchise. Sacramento Republic currently plays in USL.
MLS plans to expand to 24 teams by the end of the decade, but the final two slots are expected to be filled by Minnesota and Miami. Difficulties in those cities have, however, reportedly made MLS consider bringing in Sacramento ahead of one of them.
What do you think of this development? Still hoping MLS changes its mind and brings in Sacramento before Miami or Minnesota? See it happening or will Sacramento have to wait?
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