Another football match canceled at the new St. Louis due to damage

ST. LOUIS – A second game will not be played at the new Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium in downtown St. Louis.

The nearly half-billion dollar football training complex and stadium Centene has its own power plant situated between the two. It is separated by Market Street.

The city of St. Louis has an estimated $17 million street improvement project underway outside the stadium. The problem stems from work on the new 22nd Street extension, adjacent to the stadium’s west side.

Several sources told FOX 2 that a work crew hit something underground 11 days ago, which led to a partial flooding of the stadium’s electrical grid. Courtney Mueller, vice president of public affairs for St. Louis City SC, gave the following updated statement on Monday:

“We are working with our construction and operating partners to resolve the current situation of Centene Stadium’s internal power distribution system and restore full power to the stadium. We will provide an update on overall progress as soon as one becomes available.”

The new MLS team, St. Louis City SC will begin play in March 2023. Mueller did not say when the energy issue would be resolved. However, parts of the stadium had power on Monday night.

“You start putting the pieces together and you’re like, ‘OK, it looks like it was a disaster,’” said Mitch Morice of the ‘St. Louligans football fan group.

YOU. Louligans brewery and Schlafly planned a street party for thousands of fans outside the stadium last Sunday, ahead of what was supposed to be the first game in the new arena.

The final game of the regular season of the “City2” team in the MLS Next Pro development league was to be held in the stadium. The game had to be transferred to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).

“City2” is hosting a playoff game next Sunday, but St. Louis City SC has just announced that the game will also be played at SIUE, not Centene Stadium.

Morice said that if things work out, maybe the stadium will still host its first game in the next few weeks. His group members have been to MLS stadiums in dozens of other cities, but he says he’s nowhere near the new arena in St. Louis.

“It’s going to be the league’s first-class stadium. (On) Sunday, we watched the victory (City2). The next week, we saw them win,” Morice said. “Then open ‘Louligan Street’ with Schlafly and get ready for that ‘big house’ finale.”

If the “City2” team wins Sunday night in Edwardsville, St. Louis could end up hosting two more playoff games, including the championship on October 8. remained a possibility.

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