St. Louis stadium financing hearings set for next week

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- With the city financing portion of the proposed St. Louis football stadium on the north riverfront still hanging in the balance, the question of whether the plan will become actionable should get some clarity sooner than later.

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen's Ways and Means committee will discuss the proposed stadium financing bill next week.

The St. Louis stadium task force has been aiming to get a completed financing package (on the public side) done for nearly a year, but the city portion of the financing is the biggest remaining hurdle to that end.

NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman repeatedly has stated that for a current market's stadium proposal to garner serious consideration, it must be "actionable." In other words, the money has to be lined up to the point that it can be distributed when or if a team agrees to handle the private piece of the plan.

Getting the city money cleared through the board of aldermen would make the public portion of the St. Louis money actionable. Of course, even if that happens, there's still a big question as to whether an owner or team would provide the rest. But apparently we'll at least have an answer soon on the public side.


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