St. Louis, MO–On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the St. Louis HUDZ Committee meeting saw the approval of a new soccer stadium, furthering the progress of bringing a Major League Soccer team to St. Louis.
The proposal was approved by the aldermanic committee by a vote 8-0, and received great applause. The plan will develop an area west of Union Station along Market Street where a highway exit ramp now sits.
In October, a St. Louis-based ownership group announced its mission to bring a Major League Soccer club to St. Louis. The new ownership is made up of members of the Taylor and Kavanaugh families.
St. Louis Development Corporation provided a financial impact report which showed that the City of St. Louis would earn approximately $41 million over the 30-year proposal.
There were a number of proponents who spoke in support of the project on Wednesday included Kelvin Adams, superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools, who called the project a "no brainer."
Mayor Lyda Krewson stated, "Thank you to the Board of Aldermen's Housing Urban Development and Zoning Committee. I am so thrilled to move a step closer to bringing a Major League Soccer expansion team to St. Louis." The Mayor added, "We are a soccer town. We play it, we watch it, and now we have another shot to score a soccer stadium and an MLS team."
The stadium would be home to an MLS expansion team that the ownership group hopes to secure for St. Louis. The league has said it wants to grow to 28 teams, leaving two slots after the pending additions of Cincinnati, Miami and Nashville, Tenn.
The proposal will next go to the full board on Friday.
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