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[UPDATED] Hey, How About Turning Union Station Into...A Soccer Stadium?

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Soon to be invaded by rampaging soccer fans?
Update October 17: Alert reader Mike M. from Arlington, Virginia, has written in with a hopeful message about St. Louis' prospects for a Major League Soccer team. Find out what it is at the end of this post.

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Original Post: As far as malls go, Union Station has always been kind of a dud. Sure, the layout is much prettier than the one at the Galleria and the Whispering Arch is pretty neat, but the place might as well have "Tourist Trap" written on it in big neon letters.

As of today, though, the station has a new owner, Lodging Hospitality Management, a Westport-based company that owns, among other properties, the Hilton at the Ballpark and the Cheshire Inn. LHM promises a complete overhaul of the mall -- including a Major League Soccer stadium.

Originally when LHM announced that it planned to buy Union Station, its goals were more modest: trading retail for office and meeting space, converting the hotel from a Marriott to a Double Tree, installing a train museum and maybe offering private train service to Chicago and wineries in Hermann.

But now, nextSTL reports, it is thinking about a soccer stadium, too. Never mind that St. Louis doesn't have a Major League Soccer team (though the dream never dies). We have Saint Louis University! We have youth teams! We have lots of people who would want to kick a ball around a 20,000-seat stadium!

Well, and OK, our prospects for getting an MLS team appear brighter than they have in several years.

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1820 Market St., St. Louis, MO

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bill.streeter
bill.streeter

I always thought It would make a great train station ...

brandoninstl
brandoninstl

@PhilSchoen as a St. Louisan, that would be a dream

ScoHa
ScoHa

Oh HELL yes. Please let this happen. MT @PhilSchoen: Hey, How About Turning Union Station Into...A Soccer Stadium? http://t.co/bK02bT1b

Trey Baird
Trey Baird

Anything would be better than what they have now. I support a changeup at Union Station even though I work there and would probably be out of a job. By this time next year, the place will be a ghost town if they don't get something done.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

We can just pretend we have a soccer team there because it will be just as empty if we really did.

Dallas Keller
Dallas Keller

Yeah Saint Louis should get ANOTHER soccer team. Hey, fourth time is a charm right? Hell we won the championship one year with the last team, and it was barely a news story. Just another money pit.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

Actually there was some talk about the new owners considering bringing the trains back in. I'd love that!

Jeff Torbit
Jeff Torbit

It be a beautiful stadium with the train shed and clock tower kept intact

Jason Goad
Jason Goad

I would be really excited about an MLS team in St Louis. I know I'm probably the minority but I love soccer.

Scooter Von Donaken
Scooter Von Donaken

Novel idea, how about a train station. Supporting airlines for short haul trips is silly. More Metro link.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

Actually when it first opened it was awesome. Shops were full, lots of customers, but security was lacking and if you aren't careful things get out of hand. Urban centers have to have tighter security. Otherwise don't bother.

collegecritic
collegecritic

@lgreenbaum1214 because professional soccer did so well in St Louis in the past (see Athletic Club of St. Louis for details on past failure)

MattyMO_314
MattyMO_314

@collegecritic That's irrelevant. Completely different group of people/investors involved.

collegecritic
collegecritic

@MattyMO_314 my thesis is more that st. louis is not a professional soccer town, despite the youth soccer culture. could happen though

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