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First Minnesota United playoff match big bonus to Midway neighborhood businesses

Updated: October 20, 2019 10:17 PM

Minnesota United FC played its first Major League Soccer playoff match against the LA Galaxy Sunday night at Allianz Field, and businesses in the Midway neighborhood reaped the benefits of having nearly 20,000 people pack their neighborhood.

Wes Burdine owns the Black Hart Bar on University Avenue across the street from Allianz Field, and he told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he bought the bar and renamed it for one reason: He wanted to get in on the extra action the new soccer stadium would bring to the neighborhood.

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“I wanted to be here and keep this historic building going,” said Burdine.  “And it has been nothing but great since the stadium opened, we even have one of the soccer team’s fan clubs that operates out of here, and we have a great mix of people, and now soccer.”

Burdine said there has not been an explosion of economic growth in the Midway area, but he has seen a slow and steady growth in the neighborhood and a whole new vibe and feel to the area.

“Clearly, there is a long way to go, but you can see the gradual growth happening,” said Burdine.  “And now on game days and other days when there are activities at Allianz Field, you are seeing a younger, more vibrant crowd around here, and that’s been terrific.”

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