DOWNTOWN WEST, Mo. – St. Louis sports history will be made Wednesday night as the first ever professional soccer match is set to be played at CITYPARK, the brand-new MLS stadium is located in Downtown West.
Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, St. Louis CITY SC is expected to reveal team jerseys ahead of the venue’s inaugural match.
CITYPARK seats 22,500 people and cost around $458 million to build. There are 28 suites and 32 pitch boxes. The pitch boxes are very close to the actual field or ‘pitch’ as it’s called in soccer lingo.
Wednesday night’s game will feature the CITY2 team taking on one of the elite teams in Germany, Bayer Leverkusen. CITY2 is the developmental team for the main CITY SC team.
The players aren’t the only ones excited about the big debut tonight. Downtown businesses near the stadium can’t wait as well.
Several restaurants and bars very close to the stadium like Maggie O’Brien’s, Syberg’s on Market, and The Schlafly Tap Room are all expecting some big business from soccer fans flocking to the new CITYPARK.
We spoke earlier with Dennis Moore, the Chief Revenue Officer for St. Louis CITY SC.
He shared that CITY SC wants to be a big part of helping the community here flourish in many ways.
“When you think about the name of our club, St. Louis City – we will play games in the city, we will train in the city, we will work in the city, and this really is about creating a renaissance and getting people back into downtown St. Louis,” Moore said.
Wednesday night’s match is an exhibition, the real MLS games start at CITYPARK next year. Kickoff Wednesday night is set for just after 7:00 p.m.