Stadium location a key to MLS success

Minnesota United FC fans cheered and sang.
Minnesota United FC fans cheered and sang as team owner Bill McGuire and St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman announced a partnership to build a $120 million stadium in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood at a press conference on Oct. 23, 2015.
Curtis Gilbert | MPR News

Plans to bring a soccer stadium to St. Paul will need approval from state lawmakers this spring. They'll consider whether to grant property tax relief to the project.

That's a key part of a the plan announced last week.

Fans of Minnesota United, a team that will be elevated to Major League Soccer, celebrated the deal, and city and team officials say they're confident legislative approval will come through.

But it remains to be seen whether there's enough excitement in Minnesota to fill the stadium's nearly 20,000 seats.

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Matt Futterman, a sportswriter with the Wall Street Journal.

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