ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) --Members of the Taylor family (Enterprise Holdings) and Jim Kavanaugh (World Wide Technology) announced they will lead the charge as an ownership group in the effort to bring Major League Soccer to St. Louis.
The announcement came in a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club.
The group launched a website with the banner "MLS4THELOU" on top of the page Tuesday afternoon as well.
In a statement on the page the group says:
Our ownership group is 100% local and committed to St. Louis with a longstanding record of business and deep ties to the local community.
The team would be majority female-owned and the overwhelmingly privately funded, with no Tax Increment Financing (TIF) or city tax investment required.
We believe it is important to be upfront and as specific as possible on what our proposal is, and what impact there will be for the city, state and region. We will use this site to provide updates and information on our bid and proposal.
According to the group's site, the total cost of the stadium is estimated at $250 million.
News 4 received the following statement from the offices of Major League Soccer:
"We recently met with the Taylor Family and Jim Kavanaugh regarding their new vision for Major League Soccer in St. Louis and are impressed by their commitment to the MLS effort,” said Dan Courtemanche, Major League Soccer Executive Vice President of Communications, “We look forward to spending time with them during the coming months to learn more about their plan.”
Were the plan to go forward, the group would be the first majority-female-led ownership group in Major League Soccer.
Long rumored as a possibility, a soccer team in St. Louis has gone through political and community backlash.
Voters in St. Louis City rejected a plan on Tuesday that would partially fund a new soccer stadium with public money.
When hope for a pro-soccer team began to dwindle, rumors of the potential for a team resurfaced.
In late September, a member of Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s office confirmed with News 4 that officials with Missouri’s Economic Development Department recently met with officials with the MLS.
The proposal would be to put the stadium at the previously-planned site, just west of Union Station.
According to Mayor Lyda Krewson, the sport would being $1.5 million to the city annually through sales tax revenue.
The ownership group said if things go well, the MLS could have a team in St. Louis by 2022.