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. 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.
The ownership group SC STL would invest $95 million in the project and cover the league's $150 million expansion fee, and they have asked the state to donate 24 acres of unused land.
St. Louis' professional soccer hopes may have died Tuesday.
Proposition 2, which would have used about $50 million from an increase in business use tax revenue to subsidize the construction of an MLS stadium, won a majority of support in only eight of the city's 28 wards.
Dan Courtemanche, Major League Soccer's executive vice president of communications, released a statement via Twitter.
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"We wish the outcome would have been different", Kavanaugh said.
The no vote marks the second straight stadium vote to fail after being put before the public, following the unsuccessful attempt of the NFL's San Diego Chargers to get a new stadium approved in San Diego.
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". County Executive Steve Stenger said the city has not come to county leaders for help, but said he'd listen to any proposals.
But could St. Louis County save the plans for bringing soccer to St. Louis?