With Nashville identified as one of 10 potentialMLS expansion candidateslast week,there's a new bill proposed in the Tennessee legislature to help fund a Nashville MLS stadium.
The Tennesseanthis weekend reportedthat the bill would allocate state sales tax revenue from a future stadiumto the Nashville government fund to repay debts used in building the stadium. All gameday costs, including concessions, parking fees and ticket charges, would be taxed aspart of the fund.
This just puts an MLS franchise, should we get one, on par with [the states other professional sports franchises], state senator Steve Dickerson, the person who proposed the bill, said in the story. The intention is to help fund or fray the cost of a stadium and encourage an MLS stadium to locate here.
I think now is the time for Nashville to move into the professional soccer realm, he added. Whatever I can do to help within the scope of my General Assembly role, Im all for it.
The plan is one that has been used by other professional sports teams in the state, including the NFL's Tennessee Titans, the NHL's Nashville ...