St. Louis is awarded new MLS team to begin play March 2022!

The goal has been met!  Major League Soccer announced today that St. Louis will join the league as team #28 and begin play in 2022.  Congratulations to our region, city, business community and fans who each showed up in a big way to support our effort– the league heard you all!

More details on our new team and stadium will be announced shortly.  The Stanley Cup and MLS in one St. Louis summer?  Talk about the best sports year ever!

mlslogo

It took a team to get the team.

Throughout St. Louis’ bid to bring MLS to STL, the goal of #MLS4THELOU ownership remained the same – bring Major League Soccer to America’s first soccer capital.

Sign up to receive updates on season tickets, suites and sponsorship opportunities!

As our club begins assembling staff and team, we will provide updates on ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities.  We will reach out as information and details are available.

Watch The MLS Expansion Announcement.

2:22 Taylor Twellman

8:42 Commissioner Don Garber

20:30  Official Announcement

21:40 Carolyn Kindle Betz

31:00 Mayor Lyda Krewson

36:20 Aldermanic President, Lewis Reed

41:15 Closing statements

We will begin taking season ticket reservations as stadium details are finalized. We will not be selling PSL’s for season tickets. If you have submitted your name and email previously, you will receive ticket information as it becomes available.  If you would like to receive updates, click here.

Our single focus has been securing a team for St. Louis. Major League Soccer has a formal process for submitting team names, colors and badge recommendations and we will begin that process immediately.  We will engage fans and supporters at several points in this process.

Now that a team has been awarded to St. Louis, we will begin the process of choosing a team name, colors and badging.  We will engage fans and supporters at several points in this process.

MLS has been very impressed with the corporate support St. Louis business leaders have pledged throughout this process.  A number of sponsorship discussions have occurred already, and we will have more information on our Founding Partners as these partnerships are finalized.  Our first priority will be finalizing stadium, kit and jersey sleeve sponsors.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Similar to the previous bid, the stadium will be located in St. Louis Downtown West, sitting as a key connection between the Gateway Arch and Forest Park and adding to St. Louis’ downtown renaissance that is currently underway.

We are continuing to work with the partnership of Julie Snow, co-founder of Snow Kreilich Architects, and St. Louis-based architecture firm HOK as the design team helping to shape the vision of this exciting project. We should have an update for everyone in the coming weeks.

Yes.  Our open-air venue will seat approximately 22,000-25,000 people and may also be used for concerts, high school and college tournaments, soccer camps, family shows and e-sports competitions.

 

The stadium will be overwhelmingly privately financed by the ownership group. We will not request Tax Increment Financing (TIF) or any direct citywide tax investment. Our proposal asks for no citywide tax on residents and only those purchasing tickets and items at the stadium will be paying the tax.

The team will pay for all stadium maintenance, repair and upkeep.

Currently MLS plays 17 regular season home games and 3 exhibition games.  Additional post-season games may be played.

We take the City’s MBE/WBE and workforce goals very seriously and will make it a priority to meet those goals as best we can, which will include local minority- and women-owned businesses on the project.

We strongly support hiring city residents and will work with contractors to meet all workforce goals.

Approximately 500 local construction jobs and 450 permanent jobs, working directly or indirectly with the club, will be created

No. Saint Louis FC is not being promoted into MLS.

No.  We will end the selling of #MLS4THELOU merchandise for charity as we begin the process of selecting an official team name.  Remaining items will be given away at various fan workshops, meetings or rallies.  To receive more information on upcoming events, click here.

This will depend on how quickly name/colors and badge can be developed and approved. If you would like to receive updates, click here.  We are committed to keeping you updated as these items are finalized.

We will be hiring a Community and Fan Relations team and will begin supporter outreach programs in the coming weeks.  We are looking to build on our already strong regional supporter community.  If you are interested in joining or starting a fan club, click here.

Subject to finalization of plans with the City and State, the stadium is anticipated to be completed in March 2022.

Our team will begin play in the 2022 season. The MLS season begins in March.

Our ownership group consists of the Taylor Family (Enterprise) and the Kavanaugh Family (World Wide Technology).  Both Enterprise Holdings and World Wide Technology are St. Louis-based companies with histories of business success and community involvement.  (Neither company is involved with the club.)  The Taylor Family has a long-standing commitment to the revitalization of St. Louis and has donated generously to philanthropic and civic efforts in St. Louis City and the region.

Led by Carolyn Kindle Betz and other female members of the Taylor Family, our new St Louis MLS team is the first female majority-owned and led club in league history and one of the few in all professional sports globally.

Jim Kavanaugh is not only a successful businessman and World Wide Technology co-founder, but he also played professional soccer and was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Men’s Soccer Team.

The combination of the Taylor Family and Jim Kavanaugh merges a love for St. Louis and soccer and gives our team an ownership group with strong business, community and soccer credentials.

We believe MLS soccer will bring together the many different segments of our St. Louis community, uniting people in their love for the game.  It will be a strong draw for the city and region as we work to attract young people and new talent for businesses.  We believe our new team will be an exciting addition to our downtown and will serve as further proof of the renaissance taking place in our city.

The region has gained another major attraction for downtown St. Louis; it will enable development of a tax-generating site that currently sits unused; it will provide additional revenue and jobs and it will add a third major sports team to be enjoyed by our city and region.

Eli Hoisington & Chris DeVolder, HOK

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm founded in St. Louis. With 24 offices across three continents, HOK’s current and recent projects include Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Atlanta United FC, Avaya Stadium for the San Jose Earthquakes and recently announced design work for Inter Miami CF’s stadium. HOK was ranked the #1 Architecture/Engineering Firm in Architectural Record’s most recent list of Top 300 Architecture Firms. As one of the world’s leading stadium design practices, HOK’s Sport + Recreation + Entertainment group creates vibrant, successful sports venues that become centerpieces of world-class entertainment districts.

Julie Snow, Snow Kreilich Architects

Snow Kreilich Architects, led by founding principal Julie Snow and design principal Matthew Kreilich, will collaborate with HOK on the design of the stadium through all aspects of the project and into the surrounding district.  Together they will create a unique and unparalleled fan experience through purposeful design of the venue, neighborhood, and district.  Under Julie’s leadership Snow Kreilich Architects has received over 80 national and local design awards, including the national 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor bestowed on an architecture firm. Snow Kreilich’s focus is on producing architecture that both innovates, engages and energizes the urban setting.  Julie’s experience in challenging the common perceptions of the venues she works in will bring a unique leadership perspective to the design team.

St. Louis lands new MLS team to begin play March 2022!

The first goal has been met and MLS is coming to America’s First Soccer Capital. MLS Commissioner Don Garber has announced St. Louis will join the league as team #28 and begin play in 2022. Our region, city, business community and fans showed up in a big way to support our effort– and the league heard you all!

More details on our new team and stadium will be announced shortly. The Stanley Cup and MLS in one St. Louis summer? Talk about the best sports year ever.

mlslogo

It took a team to get the team.

Throughout St. Louis’ bid to bring MLS to STL, the goal of #MLS4THELOU ownership remained the same – bring Major League Soccer to America’s first soccer capital.

Sign up to receive updates on season tickets, suites and sponsorship opportunities!

As our club begins assembling staff and team, we will provide updates on ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities.  We will reach out as information and details are available.

We will begin taking season ticket reservations as stadium details are finalized. We will not be selling PSL’s for season tickets. If you have submitted your name and email previously, you will receive ticket information as it becomes available.  If you would like to receive updates, click here.

Our single focus has been securing a team for St. Louis. Major League Soccer has a formal process for submitting team name, colors and badge recommendations and we will begin that process immediately.  We will engage fans and supporters at several points in this process.

Now that a team has been awarded to St. Louis, we will begin the process of choosing team name, colors and badging.  We will engage fans and supporters at several points in this process.

MLS has been very impressed with the corporate support St. Louis business leaders have pledged throughout this process.  A number of sponsorship discussions have occurred already, and we will have more information on our Founding Partners as these partnerships are finalized.  Our first priority will be finalizing stadium, kit and jersey sleeve sponsors.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Similar to the previous bid, the stadium will be located in St. Louis Downtown West, sitting as a key connection between the Gateway Arch and Forest Park and adding to St. Louis’ downtown renaissance currently underway.

We are continuing to work with the partnership of Julie Snow, co-founder of Snow Kreilich Architects, and St. Louis-based architecture firm HOK as the design team helping to shape the vision of this exciting project. We should have an update for everyone in the coming weeks.

Yes.  Our open-air venue will seat approximately 22,000-25,000 people and may also be used for concerts, high school and college tournaments, soccer camps, family shows and e-sports competitions.

 

The stadium will be overwhelmingly privately financed by the ownership group. We will not request Tax Increment Financing (TIF) or any direct citywide tax investment. Our proposal asks for no citywide tax on residents and only those purchasing tickets and items at the stadium will be paying the tax.

The team will pay for all stadium maintenance, repair and upkeep.

Currently MLS plays 17 regular season home games and 3 exhibition games.  Additional post-season games may be played.

We take the City’s MBE/WBE and workforce goals very seriously and will make it a priority to meet those goals as best we can, which will include local minority- and women-owned businesses on the project.

We strongly support hiring city residents and will work with contractors to meet all workforce goals.

Approximately 500 local construction jobs and 450 permanent jobs, working directly or indirectly with the club, will be created

No. Saint Louis FC is not being promoted into MLS.

No.  We will end the selling of #MLS4THELOU merchandise for charity as we begin the process of selecting an official team name.  Remaining items will be given away at various fan workshops, meetings or rallies.  To receive more information on upcoming events, click here.

This will depend on how quickly name/colors and badge can be developed and approved. If you would like to receive updates, click here.  We are committed to keeping you updated as these items are finalized.

We will be hiring a Community and Fan Relations team and will begin supporter outreach programs in the coming weeks.  We are looking to build on our already strong regional supporter community.  If you are interested in joining or starting a fan club, click here.

Subject to finalization of plans with the City and State, the stadium is anticipated to be completed in March 2022.

Our team will begin play in the 2022 season. The MLS season begins in March.

Our ownership group consists of the Taylor Family (Enterprise) and the Kavanaugh Family (World Wide Technology).  Both Enterprise Holdings and World Wide Technology are St. Louis-based companies with histories of business success and community involvement.  (Neither company is involved with the club.)  The Taylor Family has a long-standing commitment to the revitalization of St Louis and has donated generously to philanthropic and civic efforts in St. Louis City and the region.

Led by Carolyn Kindle Betz and other female members of the Taylor Family, our new St Louis MLS team is the first female majority-owned and led club in league history and one of the few in all professional sports globally.

Jim Kavanaugh is not only a successful businessman and World Wide Technology co-founder, but he also played professional soccer and was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Men’s Soccer Team.

The combination of the Taylor Family and Jim Kavanaugh merges a love for St. Louis and soccer and gives our team an ownership group with strong business, community and soccer credentials.

We believe MLS soccer will bring together the many different segments of our St. Louis community, uniting people in their love for the game.  It will be a strong draw for the city and region as we work to attract young people and new talent for businesses.  We believe our new team will be an exciting addition to our downtown and will serve as further proof of the renaissance taking place in our city.

The region has gained another major attraction for downtown St. Louis; it will enable development of a tax generating site that currently sits unused; it will provide additional revenue and jobs and it will add a third major sports team to be enjoyed by our city and region.

Eli Hoisington & Chris DeVolder, HOK
 

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm founded in St. Louis. With 24 offices across three continents, HOK’s current and recent projects include Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Atlanta United FC, Avaya Stadium for the San Jose Earthquakes and recently announced design work for Inter Miami CF’s stadium. HOK was ranked the #1 Architecture/Engineering Firm in Architectural Record’s most recent list of Top 300 Architecture Firms. As one of the world’s leading stadium design practices, HOK’s Sport + Recreation + Entertainment group creates vibrant, successful sports venues that become centerpieces of world-class entertainment districts.

Julie Snow, Snow Kreilich Architects

Snow Kreilich Architects, led by founding principal Julie Snow and design principal Matthew Kreilich, will collaborate with HOK on the design of the stadium through all aspects of the project and into the surrounding district. Together they will create a unique and unparalleled fan experience through purposeful design of the venue, neighborhood, and district.  Under Julie’s leadership Snow Kreilich Architects has received over 80 national and local design awards, including the national 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor bestowed on an architecture firm. Snow Kreilich’s focus is on producing architecture that both innovates, engages and energizes the urban setting.  Julie’s experience in challenging the common perceptions of the venues she works in will bring a unique leadership perspective to the design team.