If you don't have the time to write a letter, here's what I sent to Rybak:
Hi Mayor Rybak
My name is FIRST NAME LAST NAME . I am a fan of NSC Minnesota, the team that just won the NASL Championships in North America.
NASL is the 2nd division of US Soccer.
MLS is the first.
Right now our state is talking about a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, which I support. I support it because a new stadium has a lot of potential to bring revenue to our city, and state.
It has this potential because sports are great revenue drivers. They create jobs before and during their existence. They create tax revenue, bring out of state dollars and contribute a vibrant, and vocal, culture of a place.
There are few sports greater at doing this than soccer.
Soccer has a long successful tradition in our state, on the field and off. From storied days of a 30,000+ fan filled met stadium cheering on the MN Kicks, to our recent final against Ft. Lauderdale that drew 4,500+ which we won (3-1) before going on to win the NASL Cup the weekend after.
More than attendance figures at home, it’s important to understand soccer is growing in this country. Just recently the Seattle Sounders filled their stadium with 64,000+ people for their goalie’s last regular season match before retirement. Like NSC Minnesota, the Sounders drew about 4,500 people to their matches before joining MLS.
It seems a dream to think that soccer could be so successful in this country, but considering the league’s average attendance now surpasses that of NBA—it’s reality.
Zygi Wilf sees this potential. That’s why he’s already spoke with MLS about getting a team. An additional 18 games at the stadium (not counting post-season, U.S. Open cup games, World Cup qualifiers, and national/international friendlies) would provide an excellent revenue source for the city and state during the Football off-season.
Commissioner Don Garber and the MLS have responded well to Minnesota, they see potential in our state and they’ve become curious about us. Best of all, they want to grow their league, which is why they’re currently looking for a 20th team to add.
Are we that 20th team? Sure, it’s a possibility, but if you ask the Dark Clouds—the Supporters Group of NSC Minnesota, they’ll respond in a fashion typical of modest Midwesterners.
Who knows, we’re more focused on compromise. MLS is and should be our goal, but our first priority is to make sure it’s a possibility.
We believe the new Vikings stadium, like any taxpayer supported project, should work to provide the greatest potential benefit to Minnesotans. That’s why we request that any new stadium in our state meet the following standards:
1. Create a true multi-sport facility
2. Build a stadium around a real grass field, not turf.
3. Ensure the field meets FIFA regulated soccer dimensions
I am happy to talk to you about these requests, as would any soccer supporter in the state. Please, call me at PHONE NUMBER HERE if you have questions. Or, better yet, join us tomorrow night at Brits Pub to celebrate our NSC Minnesota on winning the NASL Championship.
I’ll be the first to buy you a beer.
Thanks for reading R.T.
Edited by pfutz (10/31/11 03:19 PM)