SoccerCity group to ask City Council for November vote

Push for'Soccer City vote in November

Voters will decide Tuesday whether to designate $60 million from an existing business use tax for the construction of a 22,000-seat soccer stadium in downtown St. Louis.

The long-awaited stadium vote, which would have brought Major League Soccer to Missouri for the first time since Sporting Kansas City hopped over the state line to Kansas, was defeated on Thursday morning, with 53 percent of voters in the city of St. Louis voting no on Proposition 2.

Both propositions needed to pass in order to fund the MLS project.

But the effort was contingent on approval of public financing, Commissioner Don Garber said at a rally in St. Louis last week.

The public voted to name the new San Diego soccer team, and the leading vote-getter should sound oddly familiar.

As the ownership group of Phoenix Rising FC pursues a Major League Soccer franchise, St. Louis may be out of luck in chasing the MLS.

The group proposed the development shortly after the NFL's Chargers announced they were relocating to the Los Angeles area. Unlike most cities, St. Louis is independent of any county, meaning that the costs would be incumbent only on St. Louis proper, leaving the suburbs completely free of responsibility should tax funds not meet projections.

"It's unlikely St. Louis ever gets an MLS team now", Investor Terry Matlack told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "In light of the mayor's announcement yesterday of a special election in November of this year, we are requesting that the City Council place our proposal on the same ballot and allow the citizens of San Diego - who own the Qualcomm Stadium property - to have the final say on what will become of this special site".

Propositions one and two are linked. Should cities be involved in funding stadiums?

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