A quick update on Minnesota United's soccer-specific stadium. The bill that included tax exemptions for the team's St. Paul stadium passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday night. But the 102-31 vote there didn't translate to the Senate in time for the special session deadline at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The bill provides "exemption from certain property taxes" and "an exemption from sales and use taxes" for a Major League Soccer stadium to be built in the Midway area.
The next step remains to be seen, but the holdup isn't new. These provisions were in a bill that passed the Legislature last year but was later vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton because of a wording error unrelated to the United situation.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in December at the proposed stadium site in the Midway area of St. Paul. But without the final legislative approvals, construction has been on hold, making it likely that United also will play its 2018 season at TCF Bank Stadium.
Also, United practice was per usual on Wednesday, except for a bunch of season ticket holders watching the proceedings. Midfielder Rasmus Schuller continued to practice separately because of his injury, while forward Abu Danladi sat out because of his. Check out some videos and photos below.
Got some fans out for #MNUFC practice today. pic.twitter.com/7dNXYbZxhN— Megan Ryan (@theothermegryan) May 24, 2017
#MNUFC trying for the world's longest receiving line. pic.twitter.com/suEVOLJXVa— Megan Ryan (@theothermegryan) May 24, 2017
And the gaffer signing autographs. #MNUFC pic.twitter.com/2knOfLVbJE— Megan Ryan (@theothermegryan) May 24, 2017
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