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.