Mayor Roberts discusses possibility of Major League Soccer in Charlotte

Mayor Roberts discusses possibility of Major League Soccer in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - On Wednesday, it was rumored that a private meeting between Major League Soccer officials and elected county officials was requested for next week. The meeting was to discuss whether Charlotte taxpayer dollars should be used to finance a MLS stadium, according to The Charlotte Observer.

On Thursday, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts filed for candidacy to rerun for Charlotte mayor and spoke to reporters about the possibility of bringing MLS to the Queen City.

During the press conference, Mayor Roberts said she expects to meet with MLS officials in the private meeting next week.

"The discussion will be around priorities and timing," Roberts said. Roberts said she plans to discuss how the stadium will be structured, what it will look like and how the possibility of a MLS team and stadium will affect Charlotte.

"I think that it's a great opportunity for our city. We want to keep the doors open to opportunity, but we also want to be prudent with taxpayer money. And we know that there are priorities with our schools...with our parks...with housing. We want to make sure that we're taking care of our city, that we're maintaining what we have as well as reaching out to new opportunities."

Roberts said she hopes MLS officials will get a takeaway of the overall picture of Charlotte and how the city matches up with the league's needs.  "They're looking at a lot of cities and they want to see where we fit in the other cities that they're looking at," Roberts said.

County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour tweeted Wednesday that the MLS meeting should either be public or not held at all.

Dena Diorio, who is the Mecklenburg County manager, tweeted Thursday that the MLS meeting with the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners was canceled.

"If it's not a fit this time, you know there are more teams coming and there are more opportunities coming, and we want to make sure that we are still on that list," Roberts said.

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