St. Louis Voters To Decide Whether To Help Fund MLS Stadium

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A year after the NFL’s Rams abandoned St. Louis for Los Angeles, the city has a chance to again become a three-sport town if voters agree to help pay for a stadium for a new Major League Soccer franchise.

Voters will decide Tuesday whether to designate $60 million from an existing business use tax for the construction of a 22,000-seat soccer stadium in downtown St. Louis.

The ownership group SC STL would invest $95 million in the project and cover the league’s $150 million expansion fee, and they have asked the state to donate 24 acres of unused land.

Opponents say it would be wrong to spend public funds on a stadium and that the money would be better spent on St. Louis’ underfunded schools and infrastructure.

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