This Morning: Pro Soccer is a win for downtown businesses


Michigan’s first professional soccer team is on it’s way to downtown Lansing.

Lansing City Council members approved a measure last week brining professional soccer to Cooley Law School stadium.

Local business owners say they’re excited about this new opportunity.

Hoping it will bring more people and a new energy to the downtown area.

Just one week ago, Lansing City Council members approved a deal to bring professional soccer to Cooley Law School stadium with games starting as early as this spring.

The team will be called “Lansing Ignite” and play at least a dozen home games at the  baseball field.

Lansing’s Mayor Andy Schor took to Twitter:

I am proud to announce that Lansing’s very own professional soccer team will begin playing games at Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing starting in spring of 19. There’s no pro soccer team in MI. This will be the 1st. This is going to be tremendous economic development!

“Not only would it be the first professional soccer team to exist in the state of Michigan, which would be a nice coe for the city of Lansing to have that first in the state, but also it’s going to provide an improved quality of life for our residents. an opportunity for our community to get out, engage in a social setting around soccer that we haven’t had at the professional level in our community,” says Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Sports Authority, Mike Price.

Business owners downtown say they’re already starting to think about new ways of marketing to attract the thousands of soccer fans who will be making their way into the Capital City.

“It exposes the downtown to a lot of people that aren’t just baseball fans. it brings a whole new demographic down and us being right across the street it’s a lot of fun to get more people to come in to us and have some fun with us as well,” says Managing Partner at Nuthouse Sports Grill, Tom “Dewey” Bramson.

Lansing Ignite is expected to release a formal statement later this month with more details regarding the new team.

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