7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar discusses Tuesday’s MLS stadium vote

Aerial view of the proposed SC STL stadium. Photo via HOK

St. Louis 7th-Ward Alderman, Jack Coatar, joined The Press Box on Thursday to give his thoughts on Tuesday’s vote regarding the downtown soccer stadium proposal that will determine whether or not the city will get an MLS team.

Read some excerpts and listen to the full interview below:

Do you think Proposition 1 (Metrolink expansion) and Proposition 2 (MLS stadium) will pass on Tuesday?

“I think it’s going to be a close vote, but I think there’s some momentum behind these things. You’ve really seen it the last few weeks, people are talking about these propositions and getting very excited.”

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How many people do you think will vote on Tuesday in St. Louis?

“I think turnout will be pretty low. I would expect turnout to be in the range (of 18 percent). Number of votes, that’s probably a little over 30,000 votes for the whole city.”

Do you think a low turnout helps the MLS stadium efforts?

“Your municipal general election voters generally are pretty informed…so they’re going to show up knowing one way or another whether they support this proposition. I think probably a low turnout probably helps Props 1 and 2.”

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