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Memorial Stadium expansion researched

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and the Charlotte Hounds professional lacrosse team are researching a possible expansion of the playing field at Memorial Stadium in the Elizabeth neighborhood.

Currently, football, lacrosse and nonprofessional soccer are played at the stadium. The Hounds say a larger field might attract a professional major-league soccer franchise to Charlotte.

Park and Recreation and the Hounds are studying the feasibility of the project and its cost. The Charlotte Hounds have committed at least $1.5 million to the joint effort. Park and Recreation will present the design, elements of an agreement and a cost-benefit analysis for review in early fall.

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