Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted to give Memorial Stadium and Grady Cole Center to the City of Charlotte, the planned site for the proposed Major League Soccer stadium.
Since the county owns them, commissioners moved to deed the properties to the city. City leaders will have to accept the offer. Commissioners also voted that should the city accept the properties, that the county have no other involvement in the decisions made about professional soccer coming to Charlotte.
The county, which manages parks and recreation across Mecklenburg, said Memorial Stadium serves as a memorial for World War I veterans. Some commissioners expressed concerns about a soccer stadium replacing the site, but the vote to hand over the property to the city passed 5 to 3 Wednesday night.
Commissioners stated during their meeting that historically, city leaders have taken the lead on making the decisions regarding professional sports teams coming to the Charlotte area. Overall, officials felt more comfortable letting the Charlotte City Council make the ultimate decision regarding MLS in the area.
The next step is for city leaders to accept or deny the offer of the properties from the county.