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.”