Hearing on stadium funding law offers hint at new MLS stadium location

During a hearing Wednesday in which attorneys argued that the city of St. Louis did not adequately defend a law requiring a public vote on sports stadium funding, another attorney for the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (RSA) hinted that the riverfront site could be the location for a new Major League Soccer stadium.

RSA attorney Chris Bauman’s comments came at a Missouri Court of Appeals hearing, in which attorney Edward Hanlon argued that his clients, including former state Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford, should have been allowed to intervene in a case that led to a decision voiding a city ordinance requiring voter approval for any tax dollars used for a professional sports facility.

In August, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Frawley voided a a 2002 city ordinance requiring a public vote prior to spending tax money on a new stadium. The decision handed Gov. Jay Nixon’s stadium task force a victory in the race to keep the Rams in St. Louis and a $145 million Mississippi riverfront stadium financing package.

But in January, NFL owners approved the team’s move to Los Angeles. Soon thereafter, the court asked attorneys if the appeal was moot.

Bauman noted that the RSA is interested in the same riverfront site and argued that a ruling against the RSA could create “uncertainty” in St. Louis’ bid for an MLS team.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch



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