We are confident there is a solution that will bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte and are working hard to make this happen. To win an expansion club, we need a strong public-private partnership to demonstrate Charlotte’s enthusiasm for the sport and league. We remain convinced that Major League Soccer would bring jobs, entertainment and economic benefits that will add to the region’s vitality.
The pitch to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte is powered by the tens of thousands of sports fans and countless community members it will benefit. But most importantly, it’s powered by you.
Time is running out, and we need you to join the movement.
The Charlotte City Council will soon vote whether to commit tourism taxes to help build a multipurpose soccer stadium for our city. A stadium near Center City is a prerequisite to lure MLS and the first step in our bid.
Help bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte. All it takes is a short message to your representative telling them why you want them to vote yes.
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Bringing Major League Soccer to Charlotte is about powering the pitch. We power the pitch with our voices, our cheers, our passion. United as one community, we’re giving all of Charlotte something to celebrate together. It’s about more than the legacy of our city. This is about bringing Charlotte together to work toward a common goal. At the highest level of competition, each of us has a contribution to make.
Bringing MLS to Charlotte starts with reinvigorating the 81-year-old American Legion Memorial Stadium site. Not only will it host MLS club games, it’ll be home to women’s and men’s college soccer, U.S. National team games, a variety of music and entertainment events and more.Join the Movement
In bringing MLS to Charlotte, we’re committed to building a community benefits plan that includes partnering with workforce development and work-based learning programs to create much needed employment opportunities.
A community-focused foundation will also ensure that soccer in Charlotte benefits the members of our community who need it most: low-income children.Join the Movement
MLS WORKS, the league's community outreach initiative, helps improve the lives of people from all walks of life.
Bringing another major league sport to Charlotte will build our reputation as a global city.
The majority of MLS’s audience aligns with Charlotte’s fastest growing segments: young adults and Hispanics.
Our bid is supported by civic and business leaders who understand the value MLS can bring to Charlotte.
MLS viewership, attendance, social media followers, and media coverage are surging worldwide.
Tourism taxes that would help fund the stadium can by law only be spent on projects generating tourism.
Private contributions will fund 50% of the stadium, but it will be owned by our community.
The stadium will host events that drive additional economic impact like the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Soccer Tournaments.
The CRVA will benefit from rent-free dates at the stadium, translating to jobs and opportunities.
Charlotte is the top U.S. city for millennial/young-adult population growth. (Apartment List, 2016)
Charlotte is the 8th most moved-to city by millennials. (Mayflower, April 2016)
Charlotte was named the "#2 Best City for Recent College Graduates." (2015 Apartments.com)