Push to bring Major League Soccer team, 'SoccerCity' project to San Diego begins

Posted at 11:44 AM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 15:43:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The push to bring a Major League Soccer team and a new stadium to San Diego kicks off Wednesday with a citywide signature drive.

GoalSD, the committee looking to bring an MLS franchise and the "SoccerCity" stadium project to America's Finest City, is hoping to collect at least 71,646 signatures to put their proposal before the San Diego City Council.

WATCH 10News' Facebook Live of GoalSD's news conference:

According to GoalSD, the City Council can either approve it immediately or place it on the ballot for public vote.

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The SoccerCity project, which organizers say comes with no cost to taxpayers, includes:

-- 55 acres of parkland
-- a sports and entertainment district
-- mixed-use residential, commercial and office space

FS Investors, the group backing the Mission Valley stadium, released a new rendering Tuesday that shows how an NFL stadium could potentially fit into the SoccerCity plan.

The latest rendering places a stadium north of where a 30,000-seat Major League Soccer/San Diego State football stadium would be located.

According to a press release, the group behind SoccerCity is "not proposing to build an NFL stadium … they are setting aside for five years 16 acres for a stadium should the city of San Diego decide to pursue an NFL franchise."

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