ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) --Members of the Taylor family (Enterprise Holdings) and Jim Kavanaugh (World Wide Technology) announced they will lead the charge as an ownership group in the effort to bring Major League Soccer to St. Louis.
The announcement came in a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club.
The group launched a website with the banner "MLS4THELOU" on top of the page Tuesday afternoon as well.
In a statement on the page the group says:
Our ownership group is 100% local and committed to St. Louis with a longstanding record of business and deep ties to the local community.
The team would be majority female-owned and the overwhelmingly privately funded, with no Tax Increment Financing (TIF) or city tax investment required.
We believe it is important to be upfront and as specific as possible on what our proposal is, and what impact there will be for the city, state and region. We will use this site to provide updates and information on our bid and proposal.
According to the group's site, the total cost of the stadium is estimated at $250 million.
Long rumored as a possibility, a soccer team in St. Louis has gone through political and community backlash.
When hope for a pro-soccer team began to dwindle, rumors of the potential for a team resurfaced.
In late September, a member of Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s office confirmed with News 4 that officials with Missouri’s Economic Development Department recently met with officials with the MLS.