BLAINE, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s pro soccer team is winning on the field and surviving financially. So why aren’t the Stars and their fans happier?
It has to do with the deal to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have rights to a Major League Soccer franchise in Minneapolis for five years after the stadium opens in 2016.
The Vikings say soccer is on the back burner, and that means limbo for the Stars. The franchise was bailed out financially after collapsing in 2010, and a caretaker sent in by the North American Soccer League has worked to fix it up for sale.
That executive, Djorn Buchholz, tells Minnesota Public Radio it’s tough to attract buyers with the prospect of an MLS team eventually moving in nearby.