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St. Louis voters fail to pass proposition 2

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Kate Hennessey, sports writer

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Voters in St. Louis passed Proposition 1, which will increase the city sales tax half a cent on every dollar and $12 million a year toward an 8-mile expansion of MetroLink, on April 4.

 

Proposition 2 would have  allowed funding toward building a 22,000 seat soccer stadium for the St. Louis professional men’s team, SC STL, to play in. However, with 53 percent voting no (30,603) and 47 voting yes (27,363) , Proposition 2 failed to pass. In order For the stadium to be funded, both Propositions 1 and 2 needed to pass.

 

According to The St. Louis Post Dispatch, MLS commissioner Don Garber said if the stadium passed, St. Louis was very likely to be one of the cities to receive an Major League Soccer team, as the MLS is adding four new teams. However, after the failure of Proposition 2, Terry Matlack, SC STL vice chairman, feels it is “unlikely” St. Louis will ever have an MLS team.

 

The movement to get St. Louis an MLS team is now facing a huge challenge, as soccer fans in St. Louis are trying to raise the $60 million that would have come from Proposition 2, all by themselves. They have set up a GoFundMe page, with only $379 raised within 18 hours of starting. There seems to be little chance left for St. Louis to receive an MLS team and stadium any time soon.

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