St. Louis Rams

MMorning round-up
9:43 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Morning headlines: February 2, 2012

The St. Louis Rams vs. Chicago Bears at the Edwards Jones Dome.
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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.

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Business / Edward Jones Dome
5:19 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

$124 million in Edward Jones Dome upgrades proposed

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

The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission is proposing $124 million in improvements to the Edward Jones Dome in hopes of keeping the Rams in St. Louis.

A lease agreement with the team requires the dome to be among the top 25 percent of all stadiums as measured by various criteria.

If not, the Rams could break the lease after the 2014 season and potentially move. Owner Stan Kroenke has been non-committal about keeping the Rams in St. Louis.

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Business / Edward Jones Dome
5:15 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Dome deadline arrives

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

The deadline for the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to give the Rams a plan for updating the Edward Jones Dome is Wednesday.

The Rams’ lease allows the team to leave in 2015 if the Dome isn’t in the top 25 percent of NFL stadiums.

But since the Dome’s construction in 1995 several impressive stadiums have been built such as the more than a billion dollar Cowboys Stadium.

Sports economist Patrick Rishe, a professor at Webster University, says it would take hundreds of millions of dollars get the Dome in the top tier.

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St. Louis Rams
3:13 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

St. Louis CVC: lease says all Rams home games must be played at Edward Jones Dome

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

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):

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Rams / London games
9:39 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Rams to play NFL games in London for next three years

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."

Rams head coach
2:58 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Jeff Fisher officially announced as Rams head coach

New Rams head coach Jeff Fisher answers questions from the media at Rams Park in Earth City on Jan. 17, his first day on the job.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The new head coach of the St. Louis Rams says he's up for the challenge of turning around a football team that has won just ten games over its last three seasons.

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St. Louis Public Radio on NPR
6:37 am
Tue January 17, 2012

L.A. eyes luring NFL Rams from St. Louis

The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, home of the Rams - for now.
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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.

Developing: Rams / Jeff Fisher
1:34 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Sources: Jeff Fisher agrees to be new Rams head coach

Jeff Fisher, former head coach of the Tennessee Titans, has agreed to be the new head coach of the St. Louis Rams according to media reports.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

This is a developing story that will be updated.

Updated 1:43 p.m. with information from the Associated Press.

Updated 3 p.m. with video from Rams website.

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Spagnuolo, Devaney fired
10:57 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Rams fire Spagnuolo, Devaney

The St. Louis Rams have fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo after a 2-14 season. Spagnuolo, pictured here on Jan. 1, 2012, went 10-38 in three season with the Rams. General manager Billy Devaney was also fired..
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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."

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Weekend security measures
2:50 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Rams fans can expect normal gameday experience on Sunday, despite Sept. 11 anniversary

Fans going to the St. Louis Rams game this weekend will see more police presence, but won't need to go through any additional security screenings.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Fans heading down to the Edward Jones Dome for the Rams home opener this weekend will see more police and security personnel around the stadium.

But Bob Calderon, the Dome's director of public safety, says fans won't have to do anything different.

"They will continue to go through the pat-down process and have the same gameday experience that they would have prior to this particular anniversary," Calderon said.

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