Both Oklahoma City soccer groups plan to build stadiums

BY RHIANNON WALKER, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com Published: July 18, 2013
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Cornett, who said neither group has asked for city-assisted funding, described the meeting with Lund as an informational, discussing what Lund's long-term and short-term plans were for professional soccer in the city. For nearly six months, the group has talked about the idea.

While Cornett explained the designs looked very professional, he also said there are a lot of steps in between drawing up the plans and cutting a ribbon on opening day, so he took the meeting for what it was, with good intentions.

And regardless of the league, Cornett believes a soccer-specific stadium is something Oklahoma City lacks.

“A soccer-specific stadium, in general, is something that our market sorely needs,” Cornett said. “Regardless of who builds it, there's an opening in our sports marketplace for such a facility.”

When everything settles, Oklahoma City will be ready for professional soccer, and Cornett says research has shown it's a market that can support the sport.

“I think the market research shows that there's a lot of interest in soccer by youth and adults,” Cornett said. “When you look at other successful venues around the country, I think it's obvious Oklahoma City could support some level of soccer.

“It seems to me we can obviously do more than we're doing.”



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