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St. Louis Submits Application for MLS Expansion Team
Aerial view of the proposed new 20,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium to be built west of historic Saint Louis Union Station in Downtown St. Louis. Rendering courtesy HOK

St. Louis Submits Application for MLS Expansion Team
Map of proposed MSL Stadium courtesy HOK
St. Louis Submits Application for MLS Expansion Team
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St. Louis Moves Forward with MLS Stadium Proposal
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, Decembe 2, 2018 - On January 31, 2017 the St. Louis ownership group, SC STL, filed the application and supporting documents with MLS Commissioner Don Garber and MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott. The submission of the application was followed by a phone call between the league office and SC STL lead owner and chairman Paul Edgerley.

In a release, Edgerley said at the time, "It is a privilege to represent St. Louis in the effort to bring Major League Soccer to the city. Formally filing the application for an MLS expansion team is an important milestone. We've spent a lot of time with MLS officials and feel that St. Louis is very well positioned to be awarded a club."

That position has received a boost from the City of St. Louis.

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 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 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.

The proposal from the ownership group requires no city taxes for stadium construction. Furthermore, it will establish a three percent (3%) sales tax on stadium goods, while all use, earnings and regular sales taxes will remain in possession of the city.

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."

On Friday, November 30, 2018, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved Resolution 180, which shows the MLS support for a potential soccer team in St. Louis.

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed released the following statement following the passage of the resolution:

"It is an exciting day for St. Louis. Today, the City showed the MLS that we are ready for soccer to come to town. We couldn't be more thankful and grateful for the Taylor and Kavanaugh families for this investment in the future of our City. Thank you to my colleagues at the Board of Aldermen for their thoughtful deliberation and support of this project.

If we want to address the issues of public safety, housing, infrastructure and more, we need to boost our economy. This is one way to do it.

I look forward to the future of this project and the future of this City," stated Reed.

St. Louis 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 proposed stadium will generate 450 start-up and construction jobs and 428 permanent jobs from team/stadium operations. It will be located virtually adjacent to and west of historic St. Louis Union Station in Downtown St. Louis on 21 acres of property.

The stadium would complete one of the great corridors of sports, culture and entertainment in the nation, with residents and visitors able to visit within one mile the new Gateway Arch grounds, new Kiener Plaza, Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village, CityGarden, Scottrade Center and Peabody Opera House, St. Louis Union Station and new MLS stadium.

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