The following statement appeared in the comments last night about the Milwaukee Mile soccer stadium:
Please learn more about the project prior to leaping to conclusions. The stadium/field would NOT be in the middle of the infield (except on race days). On game days, the field would be flush against the main grandstand with 10k additional seats surrounding the field, which would move in and out to allow racing similar to the AZ Cardinals U. of Phoenix Stadium. It would be upgraded to include a canopy roof over most of the main grandstand, 20+ luxury suites, a stadium club overlooking the field, permanent concession, merchandise and restroom facilities. It would be a more intimate and permanent feeling stadium than BMO Field in TO.
For those of you who are lucky enough to be much less geeked out about this soccer shit than I, Peter Wilt is one of the honchos behind the Milwaukee expansion efforts, and is the much-loved former GM of the Chicago Fire. He's generally well regarded by both colleagues and fans including myself, and I appreciate him giving up the details on the project (especially since he didn't even give them to the paper that originally published the story).
But as far as me "leaping to conclusions", I'm not sure that's a fair thing to say; it's not like I have access to anyone involved in this project. I'll take this opportunity to remind anyone within eyeshot that I make no claims to be a journalist.
I read the article and the blog from the business journal and formed my opinion from what was given. The details provided definitely provide a better vision of what the stadium would be like, but weren't included in either piece. I think it sounds intriguing, but personally I'm not really down for it.
It's nothing against NASCAR as one reader suggested (I never said "NASCAR and MLS don’t go together", nor did I say that the stadium would be in the track infield), I just personally think that MLS is at the point where it no longer needs to utilize a facility such as this.