After Wednesday’s announcement of the pending sale, the San Antonio Soccer Examiner sat down with City Councilman for District 10, Mike Gallagher and asked some questions surrounding where things are at and where to from here and the impact of this announcement on his district.
Chris Hockman: Where to from here?
Mike Gallagher: I am so pleased with this announcement, I am happy that the city, the county and Spurs Sports and Entertainment all came together for this. This is a major stepping stone towards Major League Soccer. That we already have a great facility in Toyota Field allows us to more efficiently move towards MLS than building from the ground up.
CH: How important is the clause with SSE?
MG: It is of major importance that SSE seeks MLS and in that organization we (San Antonio) have a great chance. SSE understand the process and have a giant voice, that reputation helps San Antonio.
CH: How long will it take for SSE to go MLS?
MG: It looks to me that it will be between four and six years to attract MLS to San Antonio and for them to decide to expand. It really depends on MLS, that is why I am glad that we have that grace period in this contract.
CH: Why do this now?
MG: It’s very important to start this process now. We are just on the beginning end of soccer attracting the younger generations, which is a growing demographic in San Antonio. If people want proof of that all they have to do is drive by the STAR Soccer Complex on any Saturday and look at how full it is. Just go to a Scorpions match and see all the young families there.
CH: How does this help district 10?
MG: One of the main things is that it helps spur economic development and interest in this section of the city. It’s also a great help to that wonderful facility Morgan’s Wonderland, which is what is receiving all the money from this city.
CH: Does this deal mean we’ll see more games at Toyota Field?
MG: Almost certainly, this venue is a one of a kind venue in this part of Texas so it’s got great potential for that.
CH: So when does expansion happen?
MG: Most likely it will go to the voters in the next couple of years. This is a more efficient way of attracting MLS to San Antonio rather than starting from scratch with a new stadium.
The San Antonio Soccer Examiner would like to thank Councilman Mike Gallagher for taking time out of his schedule to speak to us and Rebecca Podowski at Gallagher’s office for helping to set up the interview.