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Collinsville agrees to negotiate for soccer stadium land

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By AP/KWMU

Collinsville, Ill. – An effort by a well-known lawyer in the Metro-East to bring professional soccer to the St. Louis region is taking a big step forward.

The Collinsville City Council on Monday night voted 4-1 to negotiate an annex agreement for land on which Jeff Cooper wants to build an 18,500-seat soccer stadium, along with a housing and retail development.

City staffers believe that money to be made on the project will almost double the city's investment of $3 million a year over the next 25 years.

The vote officially begins the project negotiation between the city and attorney Jeff Cooper. Cooper hopes to have a team on the field by 2009.

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