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Renderings of Vikings new stadium
outfitted for Major League Soccer

The Vikings on Tuesday evening showed off renderings of their new stadium outfitted for a Major League Soccer franchise. In advance of that release at an event at their stadium preview center, we got a sneak peek at those renderings.

The Vikings are one of two local groups vying for an expansion franchise, along with a group led by Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire. Both of them presented pitches to MLS officials at a recent meeting in New York, as did groups from Sacramento and Las Vegas.

United is seeking to build a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis if it is awarded the franchise, while the Vikings’ group would house the team in its under-construction stadium.

Here are a couple of the pertinent renderings, along with comments from Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley:

The Vikings would use curtains to block off most of the seats, bringing capacity down to 20,000.

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Four finalist cities named for next two MLS expansion teams

Four cities will be competing for the next two MLS expansion slots that are scheduled to be announced before the end of the year.

MLS announced on Wednesday that the following four expansion bids (listed in alphabetical order) will make formal presentations to MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league's Expansion Committee on Dec. 6 in New York:

Carl H. Lindner III – Co-CEO of American Financial Group and Owner, Chairman and CEO of FC Cincinnati
Scott Farmer - CEO of Cintas Corporation

Dan Gilbert – Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans, Inc.
Tom Gores – Owner of the Detroit Pistons and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Platinum Equity

John Ingram – Chairman of Ingram Industries Inc. and CEO Nashville Soccer Holdings
Wilf Family – owners of the Minnesota Vikings
Turner Family – Managing Partners of MarketStreet Enterprises

Kevin Nagle – Managing Partner of Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings and Minority Owner of the Sacramento Kings
Jed York – CEO of the San Francisco Forty-Niners
Mark Friedman – President of Fulcrum Property Group and Minority Owner of the Sacramento Kings, and other limited partners.
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