WBTV recently reported that there are proposals to renovate East Charlotte’s American Legion Memorial Stadium in Elizabeth to potentially become the home of a Major League Soccer franchise. From the article:
Local investors who bought a Charlotte minor-league soccer team last year have said they would like to land a Major League Soccer team in Charlotte.
Jim McPhilliamy, president and managing partner of the team, the Charlotte Independence, has had several meetings with the Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Department – which owns the stadium – the city and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. …
It would first be rebuilt with about 9,000 seats to handle events such as high school football that the stadium hosts. The stadium now has about 20,000 seats.
It would be expanded to as many as 20,000 or 25,000 seats if the city lands an MLS team. That second phase of construction would likely include suites and other amenities that an MLS team would desire.
Jim Garges, the county’s park and recreation director, said he’s open to the idea – so long as the other public entities and private investors help fund the project.
Currently the Charlotte Independence has a temporary soccer stadium at Ramblewood Park. You can learn more about the Charlotte Independence in a recent episode of Charlotte Talks. If the plans for renovations of Memorial Stadium move forward, it might be worth building another temporary stadium facility on the former Eastland mall property while Memorial Stadium is under construction. There is already a park planned for part of the Eastland redevelopment. While plans and funding for the park are finalized, the cleared land and existing parking at the former mall site could be advantages for moving both projects forward.