City Council gives green light for Lansing Ignite professional soccer

Posted at 7:51 AM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 07:51:47-04

A deal has been made to bring professional soccer to Lansing this spring.

City Council members approved the deal Monday night for Lansing Ignite to play at Cooley Law School Stadium.

The news means the end of the amateur Lansing United's men's team which has played for the past five years.

Mayor Andy Schor says bringing professional soccer to downtown Lansing will boost the economy. "There is no professional soccer in Michigan. This will be the first. Soccer is the up-and-coming sport. This is going to be a tremendous economic development," Mayor Schor wrote on Facebook after the agreement was made.

The Lansing Ignite team will begin play in March.

An announcement from the team is expected in the coming weeks.