There are some big developments in St. Louis sports news lately for soccer fans. St. Louis County has announced plans for a state-of-the-art soccer tournament destination at Creve Couer park, and there’s also speculation that the MLS is searching for a stadium site in St. Louis.
First, let’s talk about the soccer complex at Creve Couer park. Plans call for 13 fields covered in artificial turf. County officials say the fields will draw youth tournaments from a multi-state region. The $14 million facility is expected to host its first games in 2017. After that, it’s expected to handle about 20 tournaments a year. In addition to the lighted fields, the facility will also include parking for 1,500 vehicles as well as a clubhouse.
Although it’s expected to generate millions of dollars from visitors to the region, no taxpayer funds are earmarked to build the facility. Funding will come from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Although most people are supportive, some critics of the plan say that it will exceed projected costs.
In professional soccer news, Sports Illustrated recently reported that the MLS Commissioner Don Garber wants to expand to 28 teams. When asked about chances for MLS soccer in St. Louis, Garber said that our city has “a little more momentum” now that the Rams have departed.
St. Louis has always been a soccer town. Home to many national-recognized youth teams, as well as the indoor Ambush and the St. Louis F.C., soccer has a great fanbase here. An MLS team would benefit the city a great deal — let’s hope it all works out! Meanwhile, if you have an athlete in your family that is dealing with a soccer-related injury, contact us and we’ll do out best to ensure a speedy recovery.