Tom Gores says 'we're not married' to the jail site for a MLS stadium


As debate continues over whether to bring a Major League Soccer to Detroit, one backer says the Wayne County jail site near downtown isn't the only possible location for a new stadium.

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores told the Detroit Free Press last week: "We're not married to (the jail site). What we're married to is getting another sports team in Detroit."

Gores added that Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert is handling the stadium effort, and, wherever a stadium ends up, "We think a soccer franchise could be really good, and I think we're going to get it there one way or another."  

A MLS official stated on the website that it'll cost upward of $200 million to pay for an expansion team. Gilbert and Gores have pointed to the jail site as an ideal location, and county officials said last month they're still willing to cooperate — as long as it doesn't come at a cost to taxpayers

Despite Gores' remarks to the Freep, it's still unclear how the pair would seek to fund a new sports stadium in Detroit. 



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Ryan Felton

Ryan Felton was born in 1990 and spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Livonia. In 2009, after a short stint at Eastern Michigan University, he moved to Detroit where he has remained ever since. After graduating from Wayne State University’s journalism program, he went on to work as a staff writer...
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