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St. Louis Rams
11:48 am
Mon August 20, 2012

CVC sends 'amended' plan for Edward Jones Dome to Rams

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.
(via St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission)

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.

You can view the full proposal for yourself here:

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St. Louis Rams
1:42 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Rams will not play London 'home' games in 2013-14

The Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The St. Louis Rams announced today via their official Twitter account that they will not be playing a select number of home games in London in the 2013-2014 seasons:

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, June 15, 2012

Rams and CVC enter arbitration

The St. Louis Rams are heading to arbitration over what to do about the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which runs the facility and leases it to the Rams, voted Thursday to begin the arbitration process. The two sides remain far apart on plans to upgrade the dome. The 30-year lease signed when the Rams moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles prior to the 1995 season requires the dome to be among the top quarter of NFL stadiums in 15 separate categories. If it isn't, the team can break the lease after the 2014 season. Negotiations began in February with the CVC proposing $124 million in improvements. The Rams countered with a much broader plan that city officials said could cost $700 million.

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Edward Jones Dome
9:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

St. Louis commission rejects Rams proposal for Edward Jones Dome

The Convention and Visitors Commission has rejected the Rams' proposal for the Edward Jones Dome. The outside is pictured here.
(Rendering provided by Atty. Gen. Chris Koster)

Updated at 11:40 with comments from Mayor Slay's office.

Updated at 9:35 with statement from CVC.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission has rejected a multi-million dollar proposal from the St. Louis Rams for upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay confirmed the rejection on Twitter this morning. The mayor had encouraged the CVC to reject the Rams' proposal because he thought the cost was too high.

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St. Louis Rams
2:46 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Former equipment manager sues Rams

The St. Louis Rams enter the field for a game. A longtime equipment manager for the team has sued the Rams, alleging he was fired due to age discrimination.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Longtime St. Louis Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt is suing the team, alleging he was fired due to age discrimination.

The suit filed Tuesday in St. Louis County accuses the NFL team of violating the Missouri Human Rights Act. It does not specify a dollar amount. A Rams spokeswoman declined comment.

Hewitt was 54 when he was fired in January 2011. The suit claims former coach Steve Spagnuolo had made comments about Hewitt's age.

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Business
4:34 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Mayor urges CVC to reject Rams' request, but remain open for debate

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is asking the city’s Convention and Visitors Commission to reject the Rams’ request for $700 million in upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the team is on its way out of town.

Speaking on St. Louis on the Air, Slay said the Ram’s requests was a “best-case scenario” for the team, and did not reflect a take-it-or-leave-it offer.

The city’s plan calls for upgrades totaling $124 million—a figure which Slays says is a starting point for further negotiations.

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Edward Jones Dome
5:50 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Mo. AG Koster: state intends to release Edward Jones Dome proposals

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.
(Office of Mo. Atty. Gen. Koster)

The public may finally see proposed changes for the Edward Jones Dome on May 14, according Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

In a release to the media this afternoon, Koster said that the state "intends to comply with an open records request regarding proposals made on upgrading the Edward Jones Dome" and "will provide the documents to the requesting party on Monday, May 14, unless a court rules that the records should remain closed."

The requesting party on this particular request was KTVI-TV in St. Louis.

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Dome Upgrades
1:20 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

CVC seeks legal justification for keeping Dome proposal secret

(via Flickr/Kevin Ward)

Updated at 6 am with counterclaim and statement from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission is asking a judge to keep private a counterproposal from the St. Louis Rams on upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.

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Edward Jones Dome
11:29 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Rams submit alternative plan to upgrade dome, details to remain confidential

The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, home of the St. Louis Rams.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission says that the Rams have submitted their alternative proposal to revamp the Edward Jones Dome.

The details of the club's plan, however, will remain confidential.

Today is the deadline for the Rams to submit their proposal.

A pair of statements released today indicates action in the process but gives little information on actual changes:

The CVC's statement:

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Morning Round-up
8:50 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, April 30, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Counterproposal for Edward Jones Dome upgrades due tomorrow

The St. Louis Rams have until tomorrow to offer their own price tag for upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis.

The Rams' lease requires the Dome to be in the "top tier" of stadiums in the National Football League. That tems is not clearly defined, but it's generally meant within the top 25 percent. Otherwise, the Rams are free to depart St. Louis in 2015.

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