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Drawings of potential professional soccer stadium released

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Proposed soccer stadium near St. Louis University. (Credit: The Foundry St. Louis) Proposed soccer stadium near St. Louis University. (Credit: The Foundry St. Louis)
Proposed soccer stadium near St. Louis University. (Credit: The Foundry St. Louis) Proposed soccer stadium near St. Louis University. (Credit: The Foundry St. Louis)
Proposed soccer stadium near St. Louis University. (Credit: The Foundry St. Louis) Proposed soccer stadium near St. Louis University. (Credit: The Foundry St. Louis)

ST. LOUIS  (KMOV.com) – An organization working to bring Major League Soccer to St. Louis released new renderings of a proposed stadium near St. Louis University.

Tuesday night, The Foundry St. Louis held a public forum to garner input and interest from the community into their proposal for a stadium.

The 13 acre lot at Chouteau and Grand sits vacant, but renderings propose a modern, open air stadium to fill the spot.

“It’s in between two major highways 40 and 44, also close to a Metrolink stop and Grand Ave bus route is one of the busiest in the city. One of the things Major League Soccer is big with is millennials and we think they’ll embrace the fact it will be easy to get to,” said Dan Cordes, CEO of the Foundry St. Louis.

But the other think the MLS wants is a downtown stadium.

That’s why the other group, MLS2STL, is working to bring a team is looking at the downtown corridor.

“There are a few potential sites where and MLS stadium could work in our downtown,” explained Jim Woodcock, a spokesperson for MLS2STL. It’s a group made up of big names including the owners of the Blues and the Cardinals.

St. Louis City sources confirm to News 4 they are looking at acquiring property near Union Station. The city is working with MoDOT to possibly purchase 30 acres located in the northeast quadrant of I-64 and 22nd street for a potential stadium

City leaders wouldn’t specify what role they would play in building the stadium, but say they are excited that multiple parties are working on proposals, saying it’s a testament that this will get done.

It’s unclear which group could have the edge. MLS2STL has big names in sports, but The Foundry says they want their efforts to be driven by the fans.

“We’re planning to involve the community in a lot of our decisions and that’s why we’re having this forum this evening,” explained Cordes. “I think that differentiates us and at the same time we’re working on investors and the stadium and the site.”

Cordes says St. Louis University would be a partner in their stadium project, but a spokesperson for the university says it’s all very 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 St. Louis University.

Fans who attended Tuesday’s public forum were excited by the designs.

“They look beautiful,” said Steven Kidder, an avid soccer fan.  “It could be bleachers for all I care. If we had an MLS team it would be the highlight of my life.”

He also said he wouldn’t mind if some taxpayer money was used, both groups have not ruled out funding that uses city dollars.

There is no clear time frame on when the league could decide whether St. Louis will be one of the cities chosen as they expand the league. An MLS spokesperson did not return calls and emails Tuesday, but Cordes they hope to have an answer by the end of the year.

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