While Gateway Real Estate Partners hopes to build a Major League Soccer stadium in Richmond Heights, it’s doing so without the explicit support of the group that’s trying to bring an MLS franchise to St. Louis.
Jeff Cooper, president of St. Louis Soccer United, issued a statement a short time ago about the Richmond Heights stadium proposal, noting that while he’s talked with Gateway’s Ryan Woods, he’s still focusing on two other sites: In Fenton (at the St. Louis Soccer Park) and Collinsville. Here’s Cooper’s statement:
Ryan Woods approached me with his plan some time ago, but none of our discussions have been serious. In the meantime, earlier this year we acquired the St. Louis Soccer Park from Anheuser-Busch and are committed to exploring that site as a potential home for a new, state-of-the-art stadium for professional soccer. Also, we continue to work with Collinsville, which has been a terrific partner to date. The Richmond Heights proposal is not one that has our attention at this time.
Woods, who heads Gateway, said he’d discussed his proposal with Cooper and that Cooper “was considering it among any number of other options.” But the project is still in very preliminary stages.