- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Las Vegas City Council has approved a plan to build a publicly subsidized soccer stadium if the city can snag a professional team.

Councilmembers voted 4-3 on Wednesday to contribute $25 million toward bonds to construct the $200 million downtown stadium. The city has also committed an additional $31.5 million to infrastructure improvements.

Baltimore-based developer Cordish Cos. and local partner Findlay Sports and Entertainment have been working on their financing proposal since May. A vote has been postponed several times, with council members balking at using public money.

The partially covered 24,000-seat stadium is being designed to host a professional soccer team if the developers win a Major League Soccer franchise. Minneapolis and Sacramento, California, also seek an expansion team.

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