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MLS Impact Reducing Ticket Prices To Boost Sagging Attendance
Published July 9, 2012
EXPANSION PROSPECT? In N.Y., Jack Bell wrote the North American Soccer League’s San Antonio Scorpions, owned by former real estate developer Gordon Hartman, are “drawing an average of 8,000 fans a game to Heroes Stadium while Hartman’s privately financed soccer facility is being built.” The new stadium “will be ready for the 2013 NASL season.” Hartman said, “I have not talked to [MLS Commissioner] Don Garber, but I am building a soccer stadium. ... I believe you have to do it in a crawl-walk-run approach. The Saputos put in the money up in Montreal but did not do it in one year. Neither should we. We will continue to build our fan base and hope it leads to MLS. But there’s no way it’s set in our expectations” (N.Y. TIMES, 7/7).