Cardinals face scrutiny over Ballpark Village subsidy

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The Cardinals took their plans to expand Ballpark Village to City Hall but faced scrutiny over how the addition helps St. Louis financially.
Ballpark Village is almost synonymous with the Cardinals.

Because of its success, the team wants to expand and build a second phase detailing those plans to City Hall Wednesday but lawmakers had lots of questions.

This new addition carries a $220 million price tag. Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report one-third of that would be covered by public subsidies spread out over the next 20 years.

City officials say, even with that the city, and schools in particular, will see increased revenue. Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III made the appeal to the committee of aldermen himself, supported by the endorsement of the economic development office.

Officials say the numbers they crunched put it right at the cusp of acceptability.