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Group working to bring soccer to St. Louis looking for public input

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A rendering of the proposed stadium. Credit: The Foundry St. Louis A rendering of the proposed stadium. Credit: The Foundry St. Louis
The group Foundry St. Louis is hosting a public forum for input on stadium. (Credit: The Foundry St. Louis) The group Foundry St. Louis is hosting a public forum for input on stadium. (Credit: The Foundry St. Louis)

ST. LOUIS  (KMOV.com) – An organization working to bring Major League Soccer team to St. Louis is eying a stadium site near St. Louis University (SLU) and they want to hear from the public.

The Foundry St. Louis hopes to be the ownership group that brings MLS to the area. 

The site at Chouteau Avenue and South Grand Boulevard in Midtown is the group’s priority site for a stadium, but they are also exploring other options.

Dan Cordes, the CEO of The Foundry St. Louis, will be hosting a Public Engagement Forum at Urban Chestnut Brewing in the Grove Tuesday night at 7 p.m. During the forum, the group will release renderings for a soccer-specific stadium.

SLU officials said they are open to discussing the possibility of a stadium on their property, but said it’s still early.

“While we did have an introductory conversation with a representative of Foundry St. Louis this summer, we are not currently in discussions with any potential ownership group, nor have we received a proposal to acquire or lease SLU-owned property for a professional soccer stadium,” said Clayton Berry, spokesperson for SLU.

The Foundry isn’t the only group working to bring a team to St. Louis.

The group MLS2ST, which includes owners of the St. Louis Blues and Cardinals, is also working diligently to secure potential owners. Jim Woodcock, a spokesperson for the group said they are aware of the interest in a site near SLU.

“However, it is our understanding that Major League Soccer prefers its teams to play in downtown venues,” said Woodcock.

Previous renderings created by Space Architecture + Design envisioned a site near Union Station, but Woodcock said there a few potential sites where an MLS stadium could work downtown.

This all comes one week after Gov. Jay Nixon shared a photo of himself and MLS Commissioner Don Garber following a “good meeting” about soccer in St. Louis.

“As evidenced by Gov. Nixon’s meeting with Commissioner Garber, its clear St Louis continues to be very attractive market for MLS,” said Woodcock.

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