ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Last week, it appeared a plan to use public money to fund a Major League Soccer stadium in St. Louis was dead. What could have been a significant day Thursday to bring soccer to St. Louis was on hold again.
The revised plan was up for debate before the Board of Alderman Ways and Means Committee at St. Louis City Hall. Soccer ownership leader Dave Peacock presented the new proposal that calls for the city to pitch in $60 million in tax money. That's $20 million less than the $80 million than the previous proposal. The group said the governor would have state participation in the proposal that would promote economic development in St. Louis and throughout the region while remaining faithful to the Governor's stance against state funding for building stadiums.
The clock is ticking on the stadium plan.
Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, who sponsored the original bill, said there might not be time to crunch the numbers and determine if the deal is good for taxpayers. The Board of Alderman needs to pass it by next Tuesday to get the issue on the April ballot for voters. For now, the bill is on hold.
As city funding for a new potential stadium is debated, SC STL spokesperson Jim Woodcock released an optimistic statement about the future of MLS in St. Louis. The statement comes after meetings between the soccer ownership group, Governor Eric Greitens, and the governor’s staff.
Alderman Conway argues the deadline extension is reasonable because of last week's ice storm. That led to canceled meetings. The bill could still go to the full board by Friday; three days past the deadline. If it doesn't get there, it could go to court.
The SC STL group had no comment. They said they had to regroup.