With the announcement that Des Moines could get a multiuse sports stadium for a United Soccer League Championships franchise team, project leaders will begin working to secure public and private money.

On Wednesday, leaders and representatives from the league announced the launch of a USL Pro Iowa campaign to raise money for the $60 million project. Kyle Krause, chairman and CEO of Krause Group, the parent company of Kum & Go convenience stores, and Greg Edwards, president and CEO of Catch Des Moines, made the announcement. City and Polk County officials weighed in on funding from their respective government bodies. 

“We’re enthusiastic about the prospect of a USL Championship soccer franchise coming to our community,” City Manager Scott Sanders said in a statement. “The proposed location south of downtown would build on the long-range development efforts behind our PlanDSM initiative. 

“We look forward to discussing possible public funding mechanisms with our regional partners that would not rely on taxpayer dollars nor have an impact on current and planned city programs and services.”

Polk County Administrator Mark Wandro said the project’s leaders have talked with the county about the initiative, but no funding or commitment has been secured. 

“They’re in the absolute infancy from the county’s perspective,” Wandro said. 

Jacque Matsen, marketing and communications director for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, said she’s not aware of any applications for funding for the project yet. 

Funding and other support are at the crux of whether the league could establish a team here. 

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