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Rams will respond today to Edward Jones Dome renovation plan

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Today is the day for the St. Louis Rams to say whether they approve of the $124 million proposal to improve the Edward Jones Dome, the first in a series of deadlines as the team and St. Louis negotiate over the future of the franchise in the city.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the March 1 deadline is for the Rams to say whether they agree with the plan from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to upgrade the stadium, as part of the lease requirement that the Rams have a “first tier” stadium to play in by 2015. If the Rams agree, the renovation plan can begin.

But if the Rams don’t like the plan, they have until May 1 to come up with their own plan. If the team and the Convention and Visitors Commission haven’t reached an agreement by June 15, they will go into arbitration.

All of this comes at a time when the team and the city are clearly not seeing eye to eye. After the NFL and the team announced that the Rams would start playing one “home” game a year in London, the Convention and Visitors Commission said that would violate the Rams’ lease. Although they were able to reach an agreement for the Rams’ 2012 game in London against the Patriots, it remains to be seen what happens to the long-term plan for the Rams to play seven games in St. Louis and one game in London every year.

And for that matter, it remains to be seen whether the Rams will be playing any games in St. Louis in the years ahead.

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11 Responses to “Rams will respond today to Edward Jones Dome renovation plan”
  1. sj39 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:40 AM

    Beezo-doo-doo Zippity Bop-bop-bop

  2. skito13 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:15 AM

    How about getting the team competitive and the ED will be packed again. Winning now & then takes care of most problems with attendance problems. The STL fans are there just need the team to cheer for.

  3. candyman4881 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:20 AM

    All of this comes at a time when the team and the city are clearly not seeing eye to eye.
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    Considering both sides have said how they have a “great relationship” with each other, this is a completly off base statement. Bernie Mikalsz of the St Louis Post Dispatch said that both sides are working together well to come up with a mutually beneficial agreement, and that it is not a big of a deal as some people make it out to be.

    You want a bad situation? Look at San Diego and Oakland. MUCH worse than the St Louis.

  4. squared80 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:22 AM

    Nothing epitomizes ‘bandwagon’ like a Rams fan. That’s not a cheap shot, that’s just a fact. It’s a baseball town, and almost nobody cares about football. If any team is ever moving back to LA, the Rams have the best chance.

  5. kane337 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:38 AM

    Stan Kroenke is trying to buy the Dodgers. If successful, he will most likely move the Rams to Los Angeles.

  6. mattolikesthevikes says: Mar 1, 2012 10:38 AM

    Play preseason in London. Nfl is for America.

  7. skito13 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:23 AM

    How many teams has the LA area lost?? Who has the oldest stadiums?? Who needs new stadiums??? Oakland, San Diego… What state has no money? Please, there is a reason why LA doesn’t have a NFL team they do not support them. Move the Chargers & raiders there and hope the diehard fans follow.

  8. patriotsdefense says: Mar 1, 2012 12:15 PM

    1. That’s the Pepsi Center, an NHL/NBA multipurpose sports arena in Denver Colorado.

    2. That’s not the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

  9. mizzouram says: Mar 1, 2012 12:20 PM

    squared80 says:
    Mar 1, 2012 10:22 AM
    Nothing epitomizes ‘bandwagon’ like a Rams fan. That’s not a cheap shot, that’s just a fact. It’s a baseball town, and almost nobody cares about football. If any team is ever moving back to LA, the Rams have the best chance.

    ————————————————-
    Yea, you’re right. Because the Rams don’t completely kill every other team in TV ratings. And although 15-65 is the worst 5 year record in the history of the league, its still completely reasonable to have people spend $40 to watch them get stomped by 40 pts.

    Don’t let the facts change your mind though.

  10. NoHomeTeam says: Mar 1, 2012 6:22 PM

    skito13 says: “How about getting the team competitive and the ED will be packed again. Winning now & then takes care of most problems with attendance problems. The STL fans are there just need the team to cheer for.”

    Just so I’ve got this straight: St. Louis has great fans who are fully justified in not shelling out to watch a lousy team, but Los Angeles had awful fans who wouldn’t support their team?

  11. mizzouram says: Mar 1, 2012 9:18 PM

    “Just so I’ve got this straight: St. Louis has great fans who are fully justified in not shelling out to watch a lousy team, but Los Angeles had awful fans who wouldn’t support their team?”

    If you put the word “historically” in front of the word “lousy” then what you have is pretty much the truest thing you’ve typed today.

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