The people of St. Louis will vote on a MLS stadium funding bill in April.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed the bill Friday morning on a 19-7-1 vote. It now heads to Mayor Francis Slay's desk for a signature.

Investment group SC STL wants to build the 20,000 seat stadium just west of Union Station. It's expected to cost nearly $200 million. Taxpayers are being asked to pay for $60 million of that.

Earlier this week, SC STL submitted St. Louis' application to the MLS.

St. Louis is competing against several cities for a new team, including San Diego, Sacramento and Detroit.

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