The St Louis Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise have announced updated plans for their new US$250 million, 22,500-seater stadium.
The franchise, currently known as MLS4TheLou, have expanded the footprint of the proposed stadium site to approximately 30 acres, with the development set to stretch over three streets.
The project now includes a nearby practice facility for the team, as well as mixed-use retail, restaurants and gathering spaces that will be accessible for city residents throughout the year.
As part of the updated proposed plan, the club’s ownership group has said it will assume all future risk for the development and retain private ownership of both the stadium and the practice facility.
The club said the overall aim is to transform the area in to ‘a flourishing urban activity hub’ that could also host music festivals, youth sports tournaments and charity events.
“Our vision is to create a district around our proposed MLS stadium that will get people excited to visit Downtown West, not only before and after games, but on non-game days as well,” said Carolyn Kindle Betz, the president of Enterprise Holdings Foundation who led the St Louis expansion bid. “We believe this district will not only be the heart of St Louis soccer, but a special piece of downtown that will fuel the renaissance currently underway.”
Renderings for the new stadium were released in April by architectural stadium partners Snow Kreilich Architects and HOK, promising that every seat will be within 120 feet of the pitch. The stadium will also have a translucent roof, which the club say has been designed to heighten the sound inside the venue.
St Louis was officially awarded an MLS expansion team in August and will join the US top-tier competition in 2022.