Kids with robots will continue coming to St. Louis for the next few years. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) announced today that the world finals of its robotics competition will take place in St. Louis from 2015 to 2017.
The international competition has been held in St. Louis for the last three years and is scheduled to remain here next year, as well. Today’s announcement guarantees that the championship will return to St. Louis for the next three years after that.
A panel of arbitrators in St. Louis is now weighing the future of the St. Louis Rams and the Edward Jones Dome.
The team and the owners of the dome, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, agreed to arbitration over plans to renovate the dome. The lease agreement requires the dome to be among the top quarter of all NFL stadiums by 2015 or the Rams can break the lease, raising concern they could leave St. Louis.
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A view of the Edward Jones Dome looking south in the new plan sent from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission to the St. Louis Rams on Aug. 17. You can view the whole proposal in our story below.
Updated at 2:40 p.m. with more details of the plan, expanded comments from CVC president Kitty Ratcliffe.
Will be updated.
The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission says it sent a new version of a plan to revamp the Edward Jones Dome to the St. Louis Rams.
The plan, which the CVC sent to the Rams on Friday, is the latest salvo in the efforts by the CVC and the Rams to made the Edward Jones Dome a "top-tier" facility - generally thought to mean among the eight best stadiums in the National Football League. Without those upgrades, the Rams can break their lease on the Dome after 2015.