Stadium measure's defeat likely ends St. Louis' MLS chances

Stadium measure's defeat likely ends St. Louis' MLS chances

Stadium measure's defeat likely ends St. Louis' MLS chances

It then will demolish Qualcomm, split the cost of the new $200 million stadium with San Diego State, add mixed-use development and a 55-acre riverfront park and still leave space for a potential NFL stadium if that league opts to return. The rejection also comes after the city's Board of Aldermen didn't bother putting up to public vote a plan to build a riverfront stadium for the now-departed St. Louis Rams, knowing the support wasn't there.

Voters in St. Louis shot down a ballot measure that would've provided public money to help finance a Major League Soccer stadium on Tuesday.

Both propositions needed to pass in order to fund the MLS project.

Members of the group pushing to bring an MLS franchise to the city said this latest defeat is "likely the final stage of our journey".

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Waiting for San Diego to vote on November 7 would push the decision toward the end of that timeline, though MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche told the Union-Tribune on Tuesday that the league still plans on announcing its next two expansion teams by December 31.

The plan calls for building commercial and office buildings, housing, a river park and a hybrid soccer-college football stadium. Prop 2 would have directed that use tax increase toward a new soccer stadium.

The SoccerCity group initially was reluctant to put their proposal to a vote because it feared the delay would ruin its chance of being awarded one of the two MLS spots awarded this year.

With the St. Louis stadium vote now a failure, MLS is likely to look at other Midwestern opportunities, including Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

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