Professional Soccer Coming To Lansing?
At the Lansing City Council meeting on Monday night, Lansing Lugnuts president Nick Grueser unveiled plans for a new professional soccer team to play in Cooley Law School Stadium, possibly as soon as next spring.
Nothing is official yet. But if the Council approves the plan in October, the new team, rumored to be titled "Lansing Ignite", could play in downtown Lansing next spring in the United Soccer League's Division 3.
Lansing United, an amateur soccer team founded by former Lansing TV personality Jeremy Sampson, has played in the Lansing-area since its inception in 2014. They have played their home games at the East Lansing Soccer Complex. If this new "Lansing Ignite" begins, it is unclear at to the future of the Lansing United men's program.
Lansing United has a women's soccer team, which began play earlier this spring. Sampson has said that he will continue Lansing United's women's program, which competes in United Women's Soccer (UWS).