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Soccer Business Bits: MLS Cup at a Neutral Site, Wizards Stadium Update & Interliga Attendance

In what we view as a  positive development, MLS has announced that MLS Cup 2010 will take place at a neutral site.  Many MLS fans support changing the format to having the hire seed host, but we think otherwise.  MLS Cup provides a big event that can accommodate plans months in advance.  The retail summit, supporter’s summit and all other sorts of League events can be scheduled well ahead of time.  Holders of MLS GSLs can plan their trips and MLS creates a destination event like the Super Bowl.

The Sports Business Journal is reporting that the Wizards have retained architectural firm Populous to design their new stadium.  According to Populous, owners OnGoal have requested that the 18,500 person stadium will be covered by a signature canopy that will be the “icon” of the stadium.  The stadium will also include a pub intended solely for members of the Wizards’ supporters group.  This facility will be modeled after a German Beer Hall.  There will be additional dining options throughout the stadium, including outdoor premium options.

Yesterday we wrote about ticket packages offered by MLS teams for Interliga games in Dallas and Los Angeles.  Like other foreign soccer showcases, these events provide a great opportunity for Mexican teams to continue to put their product in front of fans in the US that are geographically removed from their favorite teams.  So how did they draw?  DuNord has the numbers and to date they have been pretty disappointing.  4100 in Dallas is not impressive.