Vikings Owners Mark, Zygi and Leonard Wilf, in partnership with John Ingram and Nashville Soccer Holdings, LLC, were awarded a Major League Soccer expansion franchise on Wednesday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced in Nashville.
"We have the highest regard for John Ingram and his family, we believe in their approach and we are excited to be a part of the ownership group bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to Nashville," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. "Nashville is a vibrant, growing market with an incredible passion for soccer. We look forward to continuing to leverage our professional sports and stadium development experience to create something special for this community."
The Wilf Family, which purchased the Vikings in 2005, has long had a passion for soccer. Their love for the sport and their belief in its growth nationally made it a natural fit to join the group in Nashville.
The Wilf Family brought its sports and business background and knowledge, as well as experience with the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium, to the partnership.
A public-private partnership between the club's owners and the community will enable the construction of a 27,500-seat soccer stadium at The Fairgrounds Nashville in the city's Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.