CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In what appears to be another blow in bringing Major League Soccer (MLS) to the Queen City, the Charlotte mayor said the committee declined Thursday to use the property solely for MLS use.
Jennifer Roberts tweeted around 1:42 p.m. Thursday that the "county offer to deed Memorial Stadium to City has contingency that it must be for MLS." The committee then voted to decline the county offer, according to Roberts.
County leaders delayed a vote on the matter in June until they heard from city leaders. The county wanted an answer by August 1, but that did not happen.
Mecklenburg County voted on August 2 to wash their hands of the project. They approved giving Memorial Stadium to the City of Charlotte and let council members make the MLS decision.
Such a proposition means that Charlotte would have to pony up tens of millions of dollars to lure and land a MLS franchise.
MLS4CLT released this statement Thursday:
Jim Puckett, the vice chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission, released this statement:
A new meeting has been scheduled for September 14.