Monday, March 20, 2006

Breaking: the MLS is coming to town

MLS and Rowan University announced today that they have struck a deal to bring an Major League Soccer team to the region. It sounds like there’s still a lot of work to be done and if, after four months, not a lot of progress is made, the MLS can try to find a different site around town.

We are quite happy with the idea of bringing an MLS team to Philadelphia, however, we have to remain somewhat skeptical of the Rowan location. While it’s part of a very admirable mixed use project, one which adheres to the guidelines of smart growth and transit oriented development (as long as plans to expand Patco along Rt. 55 go ahead), we don't get out to South Jersey that much and don't know many people that do. We’ve even heard this stadium deal also has implications for the 2016 Olympic bid. Another reason why we wish it was closer to the city. Doesn’t Penn want a new field on the Schuylkill?

Give Philly another franchise

Rowan West (renderings and more) [Rowan]
MLS and Rowan University tie one on [PBJ]
Philadelphia needs another professional team [Bizjournal]

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