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MLS stadium funding bill will not be on April ballot

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A rendering of the proposed MLS stadium that would be built near Union Station. Credit: MLS A rendering of the proposed MLS stadium that would be built near Union Station. Credit: MLS

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The bill asking for $80 million in St. Louis City money for a Major League Soccer stadium may not be moving forward.

Christine Ingrassia, a sponsor of the bill in the Board of Alderman, tweeted that the bill asking for city money would not appear on April’s ballot, but she did not rule out a future for Major League Soccer in the city.

The announcement comes days after Gov. Eric Greitens said he was adamantly opposed to any public financing for stadiums, calling it “welfare for billionaires.”

SC STL spokesperson Jim Woodcock told News 4 the group met with the sponsor of the bill for nearly two hours Friday and hasn’t heard from her since.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay issued the following statement regarding the funding not being on the April ballot:

We have an ownership group that has committed itself to investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the City of St. Louis to develop a swath of vacant land and bring a Major League Soccer team to our City. That's a great thing for St. Louis and Missouri.

We remain committed to working with SC STL to develop a sound financial proposal to put before the voters. That said, we don't yet have an agreement. There are a lot of components that still need to come together, especially support from the State.

I am confident that we will have a clearer picture of soccer's future by week's end.

City officials recently admitted to not having the state’s help in funding a $200 million stadium just west of Union Station, which would decrease the city’s chances of getting a team.

Jim Woodcock, spokesperson for SC STL, the group committed to bringing Major League Soccer to St. Louis wrote in a statement says the group is committed to bring soccer to St. Louis.

We appreciate Mayor Slay’s comments [Tuesday] afternoon. SC STL's goal is to bring an exceptional amenity to downtown that will serve St. Louis by generating tourism, creating jobs and enhancing the quality of life for residents of our region.  To that end, SC STL is committing $240 million in start-up funding, as well as taking full responsibility for facility maintenance and potential cost overruns.  We’ll continue to work with Mayor Slay and Governor Greitens on ways to bring a great project to St. Louis.

Applications for new teams must be submitted to Major League Soccer by the end of the month.

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