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Soccer stadium update stresses role as ‘key connection point’

ST. LOUIS –  St. Louis CITY SC updated soccer fans and area residents Wednesday about the progress of the MLS stadium and how the project as a whole will help revitalize the city.

The soccer club and its development team want the stadium to be more than just a place for fans on game days, they say. It should be a place for people to enjoy every day of the year, joining other venues downtown in connecting the major attractions of the Gateway Arch and Forest Park.

St. Louis City SC is working with St. Louis-based architecture firm HOK and Snow Kreilich Architects.

Julie Snow, co-founder of Snow Kreilich, said Wednesday, “We designed the stadium district to be more than just about sports. It’s a key connection point in Downtown West, linking Union Station and businesses on Olive Street, while anchoring the west end of the Gateway Mall.”

“We envision a truly integrated stadium district that is part of the fabric of St. Louis,” she said.

The latest stadium plan includes:

  • Access from 22nd Street, along with direct access to suites.
  • Concessions and restrooms at the East Plaza, north of Market Street.
  • Restaurant and concession areas in the northern corners of the stadium.
  • Pitch-level loge boxes with upscale amenities.
  • Upper-level outdoor terraces with views of the field and the downtown St. Louis skyline.

Every side of the stadium will be open; there won’t be any back door or back of house.

“The stadium design will provide our fans with an incredible amount of game-day variety, compelling sightlines and high energy – from pitch-level loge boxes to upper-level outdoor terraces and everywhere in between,” said Matt Sebek, chief experience officer for St. Louis City SC. “We are fortunate to craft this experience during a contemporary time in the industry, providing us a rare opportunity to create engagement that is safe, frictionless and personalized – both inside and outside our stadium.”

The first phase of construction is complete. That involved excavation, incorporating drilled piers, putting in concrete foundations and building a tunnel. This month, the structural steel will be put into the ground.

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