City voters defeated the measure to help pay for a Major League Soccer Stadium by a 53 to 47% no vote on Prop 2 which would have provided $60 million from a business tax to help build a stadium.
For the second time in 16 months, plans for a splashy new downtown St. Louis stadium have fallen by the wayside.
According to the Post-Dispatch, city residents were wary of voting for spending public money on a stadium after what happened with the Rams, who received a far-too-generous deal from St. Louis in 1995 and utilized that to return to Los Angeles in 2016.
MLS released a statement late Tuesday calling the vote "a significant setback for the city's expansion opportunity and a loss for the community".
St. Louis has two professional franchises, the baseball Cardinals and the NHL Blues. SC STL, the group hoping to bring an MLS team to the city, agreed to invest $95 million in the project and cover the league's $150 million expansion fee. St. Louis was one of 12 cities to submit a bid for one of the four spots.
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"After several weeks of working with the league's commissioner and senior staff, it has become clear to us that final decisions will not be made before the end of the year", he said.
"MLS is in regular discussions with the ownership group looking to bring an expansion team to San Diego, and we are supportive of their plan to bring the soccer stadium proposal to a public vote", Courtemanche told the Union-Tribune.
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Meanwhile, Governor Eric Greitans has let it be known that he is against using any public money for the stadium.