Soccer ownership group campaigns for MLS stadium in St. Louis


ST. LOUIS (KTVI)-With less than two weeks left in the April vote, the ownership group pushing for an MLS stadium in St. Louis is pulling all the stops.

A series of events to rally support for the proposal are set for the next few days leading up to the April 4 Election Day.

Thursday night's meeting at Venture Cafe located inside Cortex Innovation Community building marketed the proposal to area entrepreneurs of all ages.

The audience listened and posed questions to STL SC executive committee member, Dave Peacock and World Wide Teaxhilodg CFO, Tom Strunk about how having an MLS stadium would impact the community.

Peacock said that the event is one of several to rally support for getting a stadium built downtown.

"We are talking to everybody and we've probably have been in front of 30 different groups in the last three weeks and have another fifteen to twenty next week," explained Peacock.

According to Missouri Scout, polling numbers earlier this year indicated that only less than 40-percent of city voters were inclined to vote for the stadium.

"We know there are going to be people who don't support it," Peacock went on to say, "it's a push and it's kind of a 50-50 proposition when we last did polling which was a few weeks back because it's really difficult as we saw on the recent election, to use polls to judge anything."

City of St. Louis City Alderwoman Megan Green of the 15th Ward who opposes the stadium believes that many taxpayers share her sentiment.

"Publicly financed stadiums never end up being good returns on investments for taxpayers," said Green, "I think folks are wanting their trash picked up, they're wanting safer communities, healthier communities and they're just seeing this as another way of patting the pockets of a lot really wealthy folks but we still can't meet basic services in the city."

FOX 2's Ayesha Khan asked Peacock why all of a sudden events like the one held at Venture Cafe are being held in the days leading up to the April Election Day.

"It's a campaign and we need to be as clear as possible," explained Peacock, "there is nothing we are hiding, we are basically telling everybody it's as much of a public process as it can be."

The next event related to MLS and stadium proposal is being held in St. Louis on Monday with MLS commissioner Don Garber.