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Posted on 11.16.09
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  • Posted on 11.16.09

Soccer is very much in the news these days. Saint Louis University soccer is having a championship season. Jeff Cooper (who is also the leading force to bring an MLS franchise to St. Louis) is organizing a new pro soccer league, which will include a St. Louis team. And St. Louis is one of the cities still under consideration as a venue for a World Cup game should the United States win its bid to host the world’s most watched sporting championship.

That’s a lot of soccer.

As a former soccer player, I have some pretty strong preferences about the game. It should be played on grass — and it should, if possible, be played outdoors. If we were thinking about the ideal future venue for the World Cup or pro soccer play-off or the NCAA finals, where would we put it?

To tap into some thinking about the issue, I recently asked this question on Twitter: Where would you put an outdoor soccer park five years from now?

Here are some of your answers:

@ifnotnownever @MayorSlay Somewhere accessible by public transportation

@stephysite My answer to @MayorSlay’s Outdoor soccer park location...Collinsville!!

@DianeAsyre St. Louis Soccer Moms? RT @MayorSlay: Where would you put an outdoor soccer park five years from now?

@sethteel @MayorSlay Bottle District site or the vacant waste land behind SLU Hospital , or somwhere along Chouteau between riverfront & Grand

@PJLSTL @MayorSlay Near the River! Joint outdoor venue with the Rams. How about developing Kosciusko (pardon my spelling)?

@kzieff Where would you put an outdoor soccer park five years from now? #fgs (via @MayorSlay)cass and Jefferson

@aworland @MayorSlay in ballpark village

@IlliniHack77 @MayorSlay — How about an outdoor soccer stadium on the land directly north of the EdJonesDome or as a part of Paul McKee’s Northside plan?

@BillikenARon @MayorSlay next to where the new football stadium should be, the site of the shuttered Chrysler plant. Think regionally

@downtownstlouis @MayorSlay Bottle District or the Chouteau’s Pond area south of Busch Stadium

@elsicomoro @mayorslay Where St. Louis Marketplace currently is. Put a fork in that one...it’s done

@JohnBFischer @MayorSlay: the stadium must be downtown. MLS clubs with downtown stadia are most successful financially ie DC, Toronto, etc.

@stlurbanworkshp Chouteau @ Vandeventer — at end of Chouteau Greenway!

@suzeeqew @MayorSlay soccer park — what about new development on north side?

@chzmongerswife @suzeeqew @MayorSlay I was thinking the same thing. North side would be great.

@davidnark @MayorSlay the 11 acre Federal Mogul site at Spring and Forest Park Parkway

@STLSoccer @MayorSlay I’d put a soccer stadium
immediately north of Lumière. One would feed the other.

@krugbr @mayorslay I’d put the soccer park on the east-side river front to promote integration of the metro area.

@ptotheb3 @MayorSlay Regarding the soccer park, I have long thought the MLS stadium would be perfect for Tower Grove. Carve out part of the park

@ptotheb3 @MayorSlay Think Wrigleyville. The neighborhood would embrace the team, as would the city

@MichaelLBaldwin @MayorSlay desoto park.

Thanks to everyone who took time to answer the question.