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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Is Stan Kroenke trying to bring MLS soccer to St. Louis?

Many St. Louis Rams have worried over the past several months about the future of the NFL in St. Louis due to ongoing dealings with the Rams' lease situation with the city of St. Louis and the Edward Jones Dome. Some think that owner Stan Kroenke may bolt town.

If the latest news about another project Kroenke looks to be working on is any indication, Kroenke will not be looking to move the Rams anytime soon and is actually trying to bring a MLS soccer team to the city of St. Louis, according to reports.

Lodging Hospitality Management, a company owned by Kroenke, closed a $20 million purchase of city's rundown Union Station and according to nextSTL.com, Kroenke has plans to revitalize the area by building a 20,000 seat soccer stadium in hopes of luring a MLS team to the area. The plans also include revitatlization of buildings, the addition of some office space and re-branding of a hotel.

This is not only exciting news for soccer fans who have long hoped for a MLS team to come to the region, but also for Rams fans.

If Kroenke is making investments in land to build soccer stadiums in St. Louis, why in the world he even consider moving the Rams?

It looks like Stan Kroenke is making big investments into the St. Louis metro area and the Rams, along with a possible MLS soccer team, are a big part of his plans.