MLS Ownership Group Reveals Plans for HOK-Designed Soccer Stadium in Downtown St. Louis
SC STL, the ownership group working to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to St. Louis, has unveiled plans for a proposed soccer stadium that would accommodate approximately 20,000 seats, with the ability to expand to 28,500 seats.
The proposed MLS stadium would be located virtually adjacent to and west of St. Louis Union Station. HOK’s design will provide spectacular views of downtown St. Louis from inside the venue while creating a new landmark for visitors approaching downtown from the west.
The new MLS stadium will complete one of the country’s most vibrant sports, culture and entertainment corridors. Within one mile, people will be able to visit the Gateway Arch grounds along the Mississippi River and head west to the new Kiener Plaza, Busch Stadium and the soon to be expanded St. Louis Ballpark Village, Scottrade Center, Peabody Opera House, St. Louis Union Station (currently being reimagined and renovated to include mixed-use facilities and an aquarium)—and ending with this new MLS stadium. The corridor will be walkable and accessible via three current MetroLink stations, with more than 1,400 new stadium parking spaces being planned to complement the ample existing parking options.
“With its rich soccer heritage, St. Louis has always been a market of great interest to Major League Soccer and SC STL is the ideal ownership group that will provide St. Louis the best opportunity for a future expansion team,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We have had very productive meetings with lead investor Paul Edgerley and his partners and will continue to do so as they work to bring an expansion team to St. Louis. Their downtown site is the ideal location for a new stadium and we look forward to helping them make it a reality.”
The downtown site encompasses over 24 acres of property currently controlled by the Missouri Department of Transportation that will be converted from the current highway entrance and exit ramps to usable land when new interchanges are introduced in several years to accommodate the relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s western headquarters campus. SC STL holds an exclusive option to purchase the property through an agreement with the St. Louis Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority.
SC STL will fund much of the construction of the stadium project, which is estimated to cost just under $200 million. SC STL will also fund the entire MLS expansion fee as established by the league as well as the acquisition of the Saint Louis FC USL team, the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club and World Wide Technology Soccer Park to create a holistic soccer organization and build a developmental pipeline of local soccer talent from youth to professional ranks.