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. Prop 2 lost by less than 3,000 votes - 53 percent to 47 percent. In the plan, FS Investors would demolish Qualcomm Stadium - the former home of the NFL's Chargers, who are set to play their first year in Los Angeles after leaving San Diego in January - and replace it with a soccer stadium and mixed-use development.
It appears St. Louis will, for now, remain a two-sport city.
Chances St. Petersburg will get a Major League Soccer expansion franchise improved Tuesday after voters in St. Louis rejected a proposal to use public money for a new soccer stadium. St.Louis appeared to be one of the favorites to land one of the spots that the MLS will soon award.
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Opponents say it would be wrong to spend public funds on a stadium and that the money would be better spent on St. Louis' underfunded schools and infrastructure.
Dan Courtemanche, Major League Soccer's executive vice president of communications, released a statement via Twitter following the official result of the vote. The Chargers ultimately relocated to Los Angeles, joining St. Louis' former National Football League team, the Rams, in California's largest city. Unlike most cities, St. Louis is independent of any county, meaning that the costs would be incumbent only on St. Louis proper, leaving the suburbs completely free of responsibility should tax funds not meet projections.