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Wed Sep 25, 2019, 04:23 AM

Pro Soccer, Hockey, Baseball All Within A Mile? What It Means For Downtown St. Louis

While fans are excited about the arrival of Major League Soccer in St. Louis, the new stadium could be the beginning of a more vibrant sports-entertainment district in downtown.

The likely site of the MLS expansion teamís venue will be west of Union Station, just down the street from the Enterprise Center, where the Blues play, and Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals. That will mean a roughly one-mile stretch boasting three professional sports venues, similar to districts in Pittsburgh and Detroit.

St. Louis Public Radio's Wayne Pratt spoke with Washington University Sports Business Program Director Patrick Rishe, who says there a couple of key reasons cities are creating such districts.

Patrick Rishe: Number one, if you put the buildings in the center of the city, youíre gonna hopefully stimulate additional development. A lot of cities in the last 20 years have decided that they want to redevelop their core. I think the second thing, just practically speaking, is that if the facilities are located downtown, you are more central to all of your local suburban areas and therefore people living north, south, east and west of downtown, itís now equally easy for them to get to ballgames and hockey games and basketball games and so on and so forth.


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Wed Sep 25, 2019, 04:59 AM

1. My wife, daughter and I were in town a few years abck when game 7 and monday Night Football

in St Louis on the same night. We spent all day down town, as it was our first visit. The atmosphere of the area was on fire, the business owners and employees were as nice as almost any city we have been in. We were attending the football game, which obviously, was fairly quiet, lol.
Being Seahawk fans,we encountered absolutely zero instances of rudeness, or off color remarks during our stay. Some good natured ribbing to be sure, which makes it more fun. And traffic leaving the game?? An absolute breeze!!! We parked in downtown garage and we were on interstate within 10 minutes.
By my one experience in your town, and many in other cities, St Louis should be able to handle this easily and the businesses have spent years for the right to the extra consumers.


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