Stadium Formerly Know as Centene Will Finally Host a Soccer Game

The newly re-illuminated CITYPARK will host a match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and CITY2 on November 16

click to enlarge A rendering of the outside of a soccer stadium, which shows white bleachers under an overhang and inside of gates. There is also a picture of the CITY SC logo, featuring the arch.
Monica Obradovic
CITYPARK Stadium will hold a soccer match for the first time since an MLS expansion team was announced for St. Louis in 2019.

After power outages, name changes and years of waiting, St. Louis’ newly dubbed CITYPARK Stadium will host its first professional soccer match next month.

The game will take place on November 16, a friendly between St. Louis CITY SC’s development team, CITY2, and the German-based team, Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Leverkusen competes in the German professional league, Bundesliga, where it currently ranks 15th.

It is the first game in CITYPARK Stadium, formerly Centene Stadium, since St. Louis announced a Major League Soccer team in 2019.
But the road to opening the downtown, 22,500-seat stadium has been bumpy.

The stadium was set to host the final MLS Next Pro regular season game on September 18, but electrical problems delayed the opening.

Then, just one day ago, the stadium lost its namesake, Centene, after the St. Louis-area managed care company backed out of a 15-year deal. The team announced it will continue looking for a new sponsor.

But fret not, St. Louis CITY. Maybe the organization doesn't need to look for a new sponsor. We offered a few ideas that the team should consider. In the meantime, though, the electricity is back in the stadium. Tickets for the friendly will go on sale tomorrow, October 28.
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