Tampa Fans Closer to Getting MLS Team

Can slow but gradual momentum in Tampa bring an MLS team to the region?

The latest news surrounding the race for the next two MLS expansion team takes us to Florida where voters in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area have approved a referendum to transform the 7,500 seat stadium for the Tampa Bay Rowdies into a larger, MLS-suitable venue.

As is standard with many of these modern resident-approved plans, no city, state of federal funding will be used for the expansion of the stadium. If Major League Soccer gives the city its stamp of approval, team owner Bill Edwards will spend $80 million to create

There are still quite a few hurdles standing in front of the Tampa bid, many of which relate to political infighting among the area’s power brokers. But another step forward is another step forward.

Tampa has just moved up the leaderboard.

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