Idea Ignites to Bring NFL Franchise to Northland
Proctor Councilor Sparks Conversation, Resolutions
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It’s an idea that’s generating interest here in the Northland, a city councilor’s resolution to bring an NFL team to Proctor.
While some have said Councilor Travis White’s idea is goofy both of his resolutions in support of an NFL franchise passed unanimously at Monday’s city council meeting.
It’s fair to say most communities would be ecstatic to have a professional sports team.
There are six states with multiple franchises, so why can’t Minnesota join the bandwagon?
It’s a vision that Travis White has been dreaming of for quite some time.
“I envision an NFL, an NHL team here, a minor league baseball affiliate, a TWINS affiliate up here,” explained White.
It wouldn’t be the first the Northland has a professional sports team.
“The (Duluth) Eskimos played Packers, Giants and Bears,” said White.
The former team brought tourists and sports fans from near and far.
“We have 80-acres over here that could fit an NFL stadium. If it’s a TCF Bank kind of stadium with an opening on one end with a view overlooking Lake Superior how beautiful and great that would be,” asked White.
The resolutions, although both passed, do have mixed reviews.
With Councilor Jim Schwarzbauer being in favor, “I too will be supporting this Mister Mayor. Thank You.”
“If there is an owner out there that would be willing to bring a team here, I can see it working,” said Proctor’s Deputy Mayor Shawn McGovern.
There is still some concern the idea is a bit too grandiose for the region, especially when it comes to financial concerns.
“You heard tonight, we can barely figure out how we’re going to come up with a million dollars to build a street. We can’t do this on our own unless we get cooperation from the other communities,” said Proctor’s City Administrator Jim Rohweder.
Funding and location aren’t necessarily being discussed at this point.
However, White did mention there are more than 60-acres of open space between the interstate and Highway 2.
The next step is send neighboring communities and eventually NFL franchises the resolution.