St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan came on The Press Box Wednesday to talk with Frank Cusumano about Tuesday’s soccer stadium vote in St. Louis and the chances it passes.
Read some excerpts and listen to the entire conversation below:
What’s your opinion of the proposed MLS stadium plan and next Tuesday’s vote?
“This thing has me conflicted a lot. I would very much like to see an MLS team here. People tell me overall the leaders are really sound fellows. But it seems to me vaguely immoral to have rich people having city taxpayers putting in millions of dollars for the stadium. My thinking would be if they can’t come up with the money…it seems like they should get a couple more investors and be able to do this on our own (or at least make the city a part owner). I just don’t like the idea of the city doing this, though the people that know more than me make sound arguments for it. I’m just arguing with my gut feeling that this seems wrong.”
On the idea that the project will bring in a lot of city spending from county residents:
“I would certainly feel better if the county government was chipping in the same way the city is…because (most people going to the games will be from the county). It doesn’t seem right it’s all on the city.”
On the idea that most people against the stadium or on the fence won’t show up to vote while supporters will:
“I would agree with that. The organization is all on the yes side. There’s no organized ‘no’ people. Any labor people in the city are going to of course vote yes because there will be jobs building the stadium. Soccer fans are going to vote yes. People who don’t like soccer (aren’t going to get up in the morning and vote against it). One of the things I’m not sure about is the millennial, the so-called millennial progressives…are I think against this idea of public money for the stadium.”