Ray Hartmann discusses MLS stadium project saga

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

Donnybrook panelist and St. Louis Magazine CEO Ray Hartmann joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Thursday to give his thoughts on the MLS stadium project following news a proposed St. Louis city bill that would contribute $60 million to the venture has been revived.

Listen to the interview and read some excerpts below:

What are your thoughts on the MLS stadium saga?

“The amazing thing about this…is the bad reporting of this story…I hope we get an MLS team. I think it’d be great for St. Louis. From everywhere I can see…this is something this ownership group we have…a really strong group…should be able to afford by themselves. Virtually all the new soccer stadiums are either totally privately-financed…or mostly privately-financed.”

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“It’s not just about millionaires and billionaires. There’s plenty of public subsidies given to projects in the cities…there’s plenty of TIFs, there’s Brownfield tax credits…that people get everyday in this city. And I think this group should receiver anything anybody else could get. But I defy anybody to show me one example of another city that passed a new sales or use tax for an MLS franchise…No one that I can find has done that.”