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Pro soccer stadium proposed for downtown Las Vegas

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Artist rendering of a planned MLS stadium to be located at Symphony Park in downtown Las Vegas. (Source: Findlay Sports and Entertainment/The Cordish Companies Artist rendering of a planned MLS stadium to be located at Symphony Park in downtown Las Vegas. (Source: Findlay Sports and Entertainment/The Cordish Companies
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Wednesday brought another bid to lure a pro sports team to Las Vegas. Findlay Sports and Entertainment and The Cordish Companies announced a plan to bring a 24,000-seat stadium to downtown.

According to a release, the stadium would be specifically designed for a Major League Soccer (MLS) team and would be located in the burgeoning Symphony Park, north of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

"I'm very excited about the prospect of MLS soccer coming to Las Vegas. Major league sports are long overdue for our city. I especially love that the Findlay family - longtime supporters of southern Nevada - are so heavily involved," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said.

According to the release, Findlay Sports and Entertainment and The Cordish Companies would purchase the soccer team, sign it to a long-term lease and raise private funds to finance construction of the stadium.

Findlay would manage the team and the city of Las Vegas would own the stadium.

"I think the Findlay and Cordish concept of developing a professional soccer stadium on Symphony Park will only compliment the exciting venues we already have downtown, and bring our city to a whole new level," Goodman said.

The Las Vegas City Council will vote on May 21 on an addendum to add Findlay Sports and Entertainment to an existing agreement between the city and The Cordish Companies to give the partnership the go-ahead to pursue stadium plans, the release said.

If the addendum is approved, the partners would have until Sept. 1, 2014 to create a financing and development plan and until Dec. 1, 2014 to finalize the development agreement for the stadium.

On May 1, MGM Resorts broke ground on an arena on the Las Vegas Strip. MGM said the arena could accommodate an NHL or NBA team, and could be used for numerous special events, including concerts and professional fighting.

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