St. Louis is a Great Place to Live
Following on the theme of my blog last month, St. Louis is World Class Without the NFL, this article comments on additional positive aspects of our metropolitan area. I am energized by the “can do” response to the Rams’ departure.
St. Louis Major League Soccer
The moving vans have not yet hauled away the last pair of shoulder pads and our civic leaders are talking earnestly about bringing Major League Soccer to town. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch article on February 9, 2016 compared Major League Soccer stadiums. Even the most lavish cost but a fraction of the palaces now demanded by the NFL’s billionaire owners. It is refreshing that the focus of “The Beautiful Game’s” owners is more on the sport than the spectacle. That said, I agree with Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger’s admonition that we take a couple of deep breaths and consider closely the process, costs and ramifications of bringing a MLS team to St. Louis. If we do it, let’s do it right.
St. Louis Blues
Meanwhile, 50 years after the awarding of the St. Louis Blues expansion franchise, we should appreciate the legacy of past owners, coaches and players and the stewardship of Tom Stillman and his talented team. The Blues’ depth of talent has been tested by injuries, the latest to Alex Pietrangelo’s knee; but the Blues have pluck, tenacity and strength of character. Do not count them out. With a little luck, well timed re-assemblage of healthy stars and a dose of energy from blue-bleeding fans, this could be the year.
My favorite route to Blues games is on Metrolink from Forest Park-DeBaliviere station where parking is free. But seeing trolley tracks glistening in The Delmar Loop and the installation of overhead lines from which restored vintage trolley cars will soon draw power, causes me to dream of the day when my sporting commute will start by trolley after a starlit cocktail on the rooftop of Joe Edwards’ iconic Moonrise Hotel. If I am still energetic after a Blues victory, the music from Joe and Pat Hagin’s soon to debut Delmar Hall might lure me in for a night cap.
I am grateful that there is always something new and exciting coming around the bend in our great city.
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