STL Mayor Chief of Staff: removing dome roof won't work
The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission gave the Rams a plan Wednesday calling for $124 million in upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome. The lease with the team requires the Dome to be in the top 25 percent of NFL stadiums or the Rams can leave in 2015.
The CVC's plan includes a new scoreboard, replacing 1800 seats with 1500 club seats and installing windows to allow more natural light.
The St. Louis Rams recently announced that some home games will be played in London over the next three years - but it seems the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission thinks the move is a violation of the lease they hold with the team.
The CVC sent out the following statement this afternoon (link to the Symphony announcement inserted by St. Louis Public Radio for context):
The NFL announced the St. Louis Rams have agreed to play regular season games in London for the next three years. The first game will be against the New England Patriots in 2012.
The Rams will play the Patriots Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium. This will be the sixth straight year the NFL has played regular season in the British capital.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said "we are confident that having the Rams host one game in the UK in each of the next three seasons will allow us to better serve the growing popularity of our sport beyond the borders of the United States."
The St. Louis Rams had a tough football season, tying for the worst record in the NFL. This months' hiring of a new head coach, Jeff Fisher, created a sense of hope. But there are lingering concerns among fans about whether the team will stay in St. Louis.
Many there remember watching their original NFL team leave town in the 1980s. Now the Rams have the right to break their stadium lease if the city does not make major upgrades. And as our own Maria Altman reported for NPR's Morning Edition, it may be tough to compete with the Rams' old hometown of Los Angeles.
The St. Louis Rams have fired their head coach, Steve Spagnuolo, and general manager Billy Devaney, a day after the team finished the 2011 season 2-14.
"No one individual is to blame for this disappointing season, and we all must hold ourselves accountable," Rams owner Stanley Kronke said in a statement. "However, we believe it's in the best interest of the St. Louis Rams to make these changes as we continue our quest to build a team that consistently competes for playoffs and championships."