St. Louis MLS stadium plan will make it to ballot to be voted on in April

The fate of a proposed $200 million soccer stadium in downtown St. Louis and the effort to attract a Major League Soccer team, will apparently come down to city voters.

After weeks of debate, aldermen on Friday voted to place on the April 4 ballot a measure asking voters to approve $60 million to help fund the stadium.

Mayor Francis Slay signed the bill soon after it was passed. A circuit judge must still approve putting the issue on the ballot because the city missed a deadline.

The investor group SC STL last year announced plans for the stadium and on Tuesday put in a bid for an MLS expansion team.

The league said it will award two expansion teams this fall to begin play by 2020.

SC STL called approval of the bill a "major milestone" in the effort to bring MLS to St. Louis.