New Study Shows Optimism for St. Paul's Major League Soccer Stadium

February 17, 2018 07:19 PM

A recently released study by Macalester College shows most residents and business owners in the Midway neighborhood are optimistic about the opening of the new Major League Soccer stadium, which is scheduled to be finished in February 2019.

The study's executive summary said the goal of the Macalester research project was, "to paint a picture of the businesses and organizations in the Snelling Avenue Station area and to understand the opportunities and challenges that they face."

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Most people surveyed said they were looking forward to the stadium opening in early spring of 2019. But there were some concerns expressed about the possibility of rising rents and property taxes, along with lingering worries about traffic congestion and limited parking near the stadium.

Povhau Vang owns and operates Drive-In Liquors on Snelling Avenue. He told KSTP he is cautiously optimistic the stadium will be good for Midway neighborhood businesses and residents.

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"It is hard to know exactly what will happen, but I think I will see more foot traffic coming into my business once the stadium opens," Vang said. "But, I am a little concerned that rising property values will increase property taxes. And I know traffic is already backed up here, in this area, and I think that will continue to be a problem along with available parking."

Judy Miranda has lived in the Midway neighborhood for her entire life. She said she is excited for the stadium's opening next year.

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"The neighborhood is a little run down and I think the stadium will help change that and bring in more businesses and nicer buildings, which will then bring in a whole new variety of people into the area which is needed here," Miranda said.  "I can tell you there have been younger families moving into my neighborhood already with little kids who love soccer and they moved here because of the new soccer stadium."

The Macalester study also found, "Although the concerns themselves vary, both anxiety and hope are apparent across all types of businesses."

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Allianz Field is on schedule to be finished in February 2019, but the first soccer games played by Minnesota United UFC will probably be in either March or April.

KSTP reached out to Minnesota United for comment on the Macalester study, however, the station has not yet heard back from the team.

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