St Louis City to test $456m Centene Stadium ahead of 2023 MLS debut

September 12 – MLS expansion team St. Louis City SC who begin league play in 2023, will be testing their soon-to-be-opened new stadium next week.

The Centene Stadium in downtown St Louis will host a City SC’s second team, STL City 2, which competes in the MLS Next Pro league, playing its final regular season home game against Sporting KC II on September 18.

MLS Next Pro was launched this year with 21 teams, of which 20 are reserve sides for MLS clubs. The MLS currently comprises 28 teams – 25 in the US and three in Canada – and will expand to 29 teams for the 2023 season.

The Centene Stadium is a 22,500 capacity soccer specific stadium being built at a cost of $457.8 million. The site covers 30 acres and includes the team’s training facility.

The match between City2 and Sporting KC will be a closed event for fans that have bought a season ticket for the debut of the MLS team in 2023 and capacity will be limited to the lower tier – about 13,000 fans.

Carolyn Kindle, City SC President said: “A City2 vs. Sporting KC II game will be a great introduction to our stadium in what will be a long list of events before next year. This match will give our City2 players the opportunity to play in our world-class stadium and our current season ticket members a first look inside the stadium as we build toward our historic 2023 inaugural season.”

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