ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A new pro sports team in St. Louis has become the talk of the town. A new soccer team could cost taxpayers up to $80 million.
Soccer is not the only sport asking for financial help. The Cardinals want as much as $65 million in public incentives to build Ballpark Village phase two. Earlier this year, there were published reports the St. Louis Blues want money to fund $160 million worth of a variety of improvements to their more than two decade old building. Now pro-soccer wants as much as $80 million from taxpayers to come to St. Louis.
"Plus, we have existing needs for the old Rams’ stadium," said Alderman Antonio French.
Aldermen, and others hoping to be the next mayor, are just learning about the soccer proposal.
“I like soccer; I like hockey, and I like baseball. But, we do have to be careful with subsidies and really consider what the long-term economic impact is.” Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed added, “It’s important to look at all these of these deals individually, in isolation, to see what the benefits are to our taxpayers,” said Alderwoman Lyda Krewson.
“I can tell you my ward would be against that. They would tell us to prioritize what’s going on in our neighborhoods, particularly specifically in the area of crime.” said Alderman Antonio French.
Citizens are also talking about giving taxpayer money on pro sports.
Alex Gilbert gives the idea a thumbs up, “I’m one hundred percent for it, one hundred percent for it. If you want to be a world class city, you have to do world class things.”