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St. Louis CVC makes new stadium proposal to the Rams

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The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission voted to enter binding arbitration with the Rams about improvements to turn the Edward Jones Dome into a “first-tier” facility, but that hasn’t stopped them from making another proposal to the team.

“This constitutes CVC’s plan for the improvements that CVC reasonably believes would improve the Facilities to first-tier status in accordance with the first-tier standard of the Amended Lease as of the 2015 first-tier measuring date.” the CVC said in the introduction to the new 128-page proposal.

The CVC proposes adding 4,000 seats to the facility as well as a new scoreboard to hang over the middle of the field that was also part of the Rams’ proposal that the CVC rejected. It also calls for a glass wall that would allow natural light into the domed stadium, new club areas and various other tweaks to what’s already in place.

What it doesn’t include is a price tag or a commitment from the CVC for a specific amount of public money that would be used for the construction of the enhanced stadium. It does say that the CVC would not provide all of the money, however.

The Rams announced last week that they wouldn’t be playing games in London in 2013 and 2014, which some have seen as part of the haggling with the CVC about the improvements that would make the dome a “first-tier” facility by the end of the 2014 season. If it isn’t, the Rams will be able to seek another home outside of St. Louis.

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9 Responses to “St. Louis CVC makes new stadium proposal to the Rams”
  1. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Aug 20, 2012 1:28 PM

    It’s all sizzle, no steak.

    I’m mean, wow. I’m starting to really feel the disconnect here. As a Vikings fan, I get that one, the dome is a dinosaur and a dump, but the Edward jones dome is kinda sharp, I mean it’s dark, but that’s its character.

    Just move them to LA already. Instead of billionaires holding poor people hostage and crushing their dreams. Good grief.

  2. sj39 says: Aug 20, 2012 1:34 PM

    They will also be able to seek another home inside of ST. Louis or for that matter stay where they are on a year to year basis for the next 10 years with one of the best leases in the NFL.

  3. fcoprado says: Aug 20, 2012 2:45 PM

    I hope they stay in Stl.,Go Rams!

  4. emmetthefele says: Aug 20, 2012 3:54 PM

    The problem is not lack of fans it is lack of winning as lousy as the Rams have been the last 5 years they still have over 55,000 per game. When they put a competitive team on the field they always sell out.

  5. NoHomeTeam says: Aug 20, 2012 5:03 PM

    emmetthefele says: “The problem is not lack of fans it is lack of winning as lousy as the Rams have been the last 5 years they still have over 55,000 per game. When they put a competitive team on the field they always sell out.”

    [Checks calendar] Huh. Sounds a little like 1993, all of a sudden. How bout that?

  6. skitd says: Aug 20, 2012 7:39 PM

    I wonder why LA doesn’t have a home team? Duh.

  7. theodus69 says: Aug 21, 2012 5:31 PM

    Won’t be long! The Rams have been away from home long enough!see the horns back 2015 !!!

  8. alonestartexan says: Aug 22, 2012 10:18 AM

    The Rams and St. Louis will work out a deal.

    The best thing that could happen for Stan Kroenke would be for the city/state to donate a prime piece of land and agree to pay for half of the construction costs for a new stadium, make Kroenke pay the other half, but allow him to build mix-use, business and residential properties around the stadium.

    Win-Win and St. Louis can keep their team. I don’t believe that St. Louis could afford to lose a 2nd NFL franchise.

    Another option would be to completely gut the EJD and have the Rams play a season in Columbia at the U-Missouri, OR, if they can work a deal with the Cardinals, and it’s viable, allow them to play a season at Busch.

    Despite its reputation, I love St. Louis. I visit often and it’s a great city !

  9. hardrockfootballfanatic says: Aug 24, 2012 11:10 PM

    There is no atmosphere at Rams games. They need to just take the roof off and have an open air stadium and then go with the idea to add another 4,000 seats and make a few other changes and that could be done more cheaply.

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