North Carolina FC Shows Support For MLS In Raleigh

Oh. My. God.

Talk about a day right? For those of you who don’t know what happened yesterday let me fill you in. Executives from MLS (For the love of all things good don’t say “the MLS” . You wouldn’t say “the MLB” right?) visited Raleigh yesterday to see what the area has to offer the league. I think that it’s safe to say that they were shown quite a lot.

The day started off with a meeting with local businesses leaders and, while I wasn’t in the room, the pictures show a pretty good turn out. Steve Malik followed that up with a tour of downtown via bus and helicopter. This not only showed MLS the great area that Raleigh is but also Steve’s potential to be (probably benevolent) super villain.

Next up was a rally in downtown where the public got to show their support for the bid. I’ll be honest, I was a little worried about the turnout this was going to have. 5:00 on a Wednesday isn’t really the best time for most people to get downtown if they don’t already work there. I think it’s safe to say that there was a pretty good showing from the city though.

Yeah pretty good.

Not to mention that things got started even before the rally when the Oak City Supporters organized a march from the London Bridge Pub to the event site. People really want to see this team compete at the highest level.

All in all it was a pretty good day and I think the #919toMLS bid probably moved up a few slots in the pecking order. I can’t wait to see what the future holds…. Oh yeah I almost forgot!

This wicked stadium design and location were released today. The current plan is to place the stadium near Halifax Mall where the state government complex is. It’s in a prime location downtown and is also a place the state government has been thinking about getting rid of for a while. This is the most ambitious part of the plan however. Steve Malik has said that the stadium will be privately funded and there’s no reason to think that the stadium wouldn’t be with its current design. Things get tricky when you start dealing with local governments though. Even when all your trying to do is buy some land.

One thing that we’ve learned about Steve is that he doesn’t open his mouth unless there is a solid plan. That makes me cautiously optimistic that the deal will get done. If we look back to when the Courage came to town, Steve Malik didn’t even drop the first hints until they were pretty deep in the discussions about buying the team. This makes me think that there’s already been talk with the appropriate people about getting the land deal done (though I wouldn’t expect to hear anything for at least a few months). I’m also sure that there are also plans b-q in the works just in case things don’t work out the way we’re hoping. In any case the future sure is bright for this team.

Want to show your support? The best way to do that is by coming out to support the team right now! The boys will be at home on Saturday to take on Swansea City of the Premier League in an international friendly. Make sure you get a ticket before they’re sold out!

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