Iron District MKE announced their agreement with the USL Championship league to establish a professional men’s soccer club in downtown Milwaukee. The USL expansion team will play games at the 8,000-seat stadium which is the anchor of the mixed-use destination designed by Kahler Slater and JLG.
The announcement of the team marks the establishment of the first professional outdoor soccer franchise in Milwaukee since 2002. In addition to the Milwaukee Pro Soccer USL Championship franchise, the Iron District stadium will be home to Marquette University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.
“We are thrilled to welcome Milwaukee to the USL Championship and look forward to seeing the city’s vibrant soccer community fill their new stadium week in and week out. The Iron District MKE project is truly unique and transformative for the city, and we are proud that the USL will be a part of it. Based on what we’ve seen in Madison, we know the new Milwaukee club will be a top-tier soccer organization, providing best-in-class facilities for its players, a world-class soccer experience for its fans, and a commitment to having a positive community impact,” said Justin Papadakis, COO and Chief Real Estate Officer, USL.
The destination mixed-use development also includes a 3,500-seat indoor concert venue, a 140-unit residential component, boutique hotel, and dining, nightlife, and retail operations.
Partners for this development also include Kacmarcik Enterprises, Bear Development, Marquette Companies, JLG Architects, Pabst Theater Group and the City of Milwaukee.