Prop 2 to Fund St. Louis Soccer Stadium Fails

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Proposition 1 passed easily, garnering 60 percent of the vote, but Proposition 2 could not get the necessary support from voters in the city despite stadium advocates spending $1 million in support of the St. Louis stadium vote, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The ownership group SC STL would invest $95 million in the project and cover the league's $150 million expansion fee, and they have asked the state to donate 24 acres of unused land.

But the effort was contingent on approval of public financing, Commissioner Don Garber said at a rally in St. Louis last week.

St. Louis will remain a two-team sport. Prop 2 lost by less than 3,000 votes - 53 percent to 47 percent.

Voters on Tuesday narrowly approved a ballot measure to eliminate the recorder of deeds office with the assessor's office absorbing the duties.

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St. Louis was a favorite for an MLS expansion team that would have started playing in 2020.

Democrat Lyda Krewson easily won over Republican Andrew Jones and four other candidates in the general election Tuesday.

But could St. Louis County save the plans for bringing soccer to St. Louis? She and her two young children were in the auto in front of their home in 1995 when her husband, Jeff, was slain during a random carjacking attempt.

Veteran Democratic City Council woman Lyda Krewson would become the city's first female mayor and replace Francis Slay.

A spokesman for Major League Soccer called the Prop 2 defeat a significant setback for the city's expansion franchise opportunity.

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