Should the St. Louis Rams Move to the Suburbs, or Get Stadium Upgrades?

The St. Louis Rams have options in the suburbs. But they want the Edward Jones Dome to be shaped up to their liking.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has been reporting extensively on the negotiations between the St. Louis Rams and city leaders over the state of the home field, the Edward Jones Dome.

The Rams' lease calls for the team to play in a "top-tier" stadium. The team says the Dome is no longer in that category and has been renegotiating that lease in order to get the upgrades it says it must have to stay put.

The newspaper reported that arbitration is underway over the issue, with the three arbitrators preparing to decide on a plan by the Convention and Visitors' Bureau, the Rams, or some option they come up with themselves.

Meanwhile, the newspaper also reports that there are attractive locations in the St. Louis suburbs where a new, roomy home field could be constructed—sites including the former Chrysler plant in Fenton and land along Highway 141 in Maryland Heights.

According to the paper:

The Rams’ proposal for the Dome calls for tearing down half the building, extending its footprint across Broadway and adding a large glass wall. It would add a playing-field-sized sliding roof and reconfigured seating.

The CVC’s proposal suggests a new glass addition, outdoor terraces, renovated suites and new club seats and lounges. The two-sided, center-hung scoreboard would become four-sided. The CVC wants the Rams to kick in half of the cost.

If the arbitrators rule in the CVC’s favor, the public expense could be covered by raising taxes on game day revenue, such as tickets or parking. If more tax dollars are needed, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley have said they would push for a public vote.

Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz says there's a lot of heat and little fire: he thinks the team is ultimately going to stay put for awhile and will get assurances that a new open-air stadium will be built.

Should the Rams get a big infusion of investment from the public into the Dome? Should the team move elsewhere? Why or why not?

joe February 02, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Stan Kroenke wants money .... Stan Kroenke wants luxury boxes.... St Louis doesn't have enough corporate headquarters and deep pockets to fill Stan Kroenke dream ..... .Also same problem St Louis had with Cardinals. Owner what's new stadium -- fans want a winning team means..... Stan Kroenke has to spend first.... he thinks city and fan base should spend first ...... age old catch 22 answer he takes his team where he wants when he can without losing money end of story 2015 --2016 maybe LA maybe but wherever he goes it will be a dual use stadium for his soccer team oh yes he will own one then
RDBet February 02, 2013 at 04:46 PM
You could be right - after all - many of his insider deals to build Walmart-plexes were subsidized by taxpayer money Yet, for some reason - I hold out hope that Kroenke has a soft spot for StL and won't try to stick it to the taxpayer this time. We shall see. Over a half-billion dollar difference between CVC and Rams proposal. Crazy.
Karen Stevens February 17, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Cynthia C. April 02, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Can't see a big infusion of public money happening, but it would be great if they moved to the old Fenton plant. Rockwood school district could sure use the money.
MoDans April 03, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Why is this thread so full of whiners and miscreants who lack any knowledge of the NFL and how it does business, stadium issues, or revenue generated by a top-of-the-line NFL stadium surrounded by hotels and restaurants? Do your dogs pout when you call them?


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