Fans, leaders welcome USL to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - First, hockey, next football, now soccer! The United Soccer League welcomed the still- unnamed franchise at an event Friday at the Zappos headquarters.

The team will start playing next month at Cashman Field.

The City of Las Vegas continues to become a happening pro-sports scene.  Officials hope the professional sports wave that's washing across the valley will bring dollars and redevelopment to the community, along with the excitement.

"This is going to be a great amenity to the Cashman Field Center in the city of Las Vegas," said Ricki Barlow, Las Vegas City Councilman.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman says this caps off an 18-year quest by her and her husband to bring a pro franchise to the city.  She's hoping to spur economic redevelopment around the team.

"The developers additionally are going to go ahead with major mixed-use development," Mayor Goodman said.

The United Soccer League team is the third pro franchise to commit to southern Nevada in the past few years.

The city has also picked up half of the "big-4" leagues in town with the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights and the NFL's Oakland Raiders.  The Golden Knights season kicks off Oct. 10, while the Raiders first season in Las Vegas is scheduled for 2020.

Those projects, combined with upcoming hotel renovations and an expansion of the convention center mean thousands of jobs for the recovering construction industry.

"I'd say a good ten years; it looks like there's about $15 billion worth of work out there," according to Tommy White, Laborers Local 872.

Cashman Field will also receive a revamping.

"We're really looking forward to redoing some new work on Cashman Field," White said.

"I think it's going to go a big way in revitalizing this part of town," said Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-NV.

So with hockey, football, and soccer, what's next?

Major League Baseball's commissioner has said he's open to the idea of bringing a franchise to Las Vegas.  However, Governor Sandoval's thoughts are in the NBA.

"We'd love to see the NBA, Sandoval said. "I think that's next. "We've got an arena, and hopefully in the next few years we can make that happen."

 

 

 


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