Soccer franchise approaches Capitol, but for what?

Published 9:46 am Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ST. PAUL — The business leader group that landed a new professional soccer franchise is turning its focus to Minnesota lawmakers.

The Minnesota United FC ownership group hasn’t specifically presented a finance plan for a new outdoor stadium, which appears to be a critical element of Major League Soccer’s decision to award Minneapolis a team. The big question is what financial participation will be asked of government agencies.

Team officials were set to meet Tuesday with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt.

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Both legislative leaders have said there is no appetite for a public subsidy. Gov. Mark Dayton is also cool to that idea, but says he is willing to hear team officials out.