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Why City SC's match Sunday opening Centene Stadium has been relocated

The game is being relocated because a portion of Centene Stadium’s internal power distribution system has been "adversely affected" by a construction project.
Credit: St. Louis City SC

ST. LOUIS — Major League Soccer expansion franchise St. Louis City SC said late Wednesday that a match scheduled for Sunday at its Downtown West stadium has been relocated, denying fans a peek inside the new Centene Stadium.

The game, featuring City SC’s second team, STL City 2, which competes in the MLS Next Pro league, now will play what is its final regular season home game against Sporting KC II at Ralph Korte Stadium at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The game is being relocated because a portion of Centene Stadium’s internal power distribution system has been "adversely affected" by a construction project unrelated to the stadium, according to a team press release.

Also, Sunday's St. Louis CITY2 match against Sporting KC II at SIUE will be free and open to the public, officials said.

In previously scheduling the match for Centene Stadium, City SC had planned to fill only the lower bowl of the stadium as a “closed event” for fans who have purchased season tickets for its top team. The lower bill would fit about 13,000 fans for the game, a team spokesman said earlier this month.

“Today we confirmed we will not be able to restore full power to the stadium on Sunday,” Joe Abernathy, St. Louis CITY’s vice president of stadium operations, stated in the press release. “We are currently working with our stadium construction and operation partners to assess the extent of the issue and better understand the timeline for when we’ll be able to restore full power to the entire stadium.”

Read the rest of the story on the St. Louis Business Journal website.

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