Soccer expert hired to lure team

Big Top Events announced the hiring of soccer expert Peter Wilt, whose resume includes pro soccer team launches in five other markets, including Chicago and Indianapolis, to start a pro soccer team here, according to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Big Top Events, which operates Breese Stevens Field in Madison, as well as the Madison Mallards baseball team, is moving quickly to secure a pro soccer team as the anchor tenant of the historic venue beginning in 2019.

Earlier this week, the Madison City Council approved a 10-year, new use agreement with Big Top Events, including $1.3 million in funding for stadium improvements.