St. Louis soccer stadium won’t be on April ballot, bill’s sponsor says

The sponsor of a city proposal to put $80 million into a new Major League Soccer stadium said Tuesday that the bill is effectively dead.

Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia said that Board Bill 226 would not move forward for inclusion on the April ballot, but noted that a future for MLS in the city isn’t ruled out.

Jim Kavanaugh, a potential owner of a St. Louis MLS team through the SC STL group, said he wasn’t sure whether Ingrassia meant the bill would be delayed or if it wouldn’t move forward. If it doesn’t move forward, Kavanaugh said the MLS stadium would likely be compromised.

MLS has set a Jan. 31 deadline for prospective expansion ownership groups to apply for a team. MLS officials are expected to decide during the second or third quarter of this year which two cities will be awarded expansion franchises.

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

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