ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis may soon become a Major League Soccer market. The Gateway to the west is a frontrunner in 10 markets competing for four 2020 expansion slots. That is putting a lot of pressure on the city to build a new stadium. Proposals are asking for millions in taxpayer dollars to foot the bill.
This has caught the attention of Missouri's new Republican Governor elect. Eric Greitens posts to Facebook, "I'm opposed to spending taxpayer money to build a soccer stadium in St. Louis. This project is nothing more than welfare for millionaires. Right now, because of reckless spending by career politicians, we can't even afford the core functions of government, let alone spend millions on soccer stadiums. This type of back-room wheeling and dealing is exactly what frustrates Missourians. It's politics as usual, and it ends now."
SC STL is the group trying to establish an expansion team here. Their proposal hinges on $40 million in state tax credits and $80 in support from local taxpayers. That $80 million is subject to a public vote in April.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon tweeted this response: "I don’t consider a transparent process that involves 3 public votes, including 1 by St. Louis voters, to be ‘backroom wheeling and dealing.’"