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    Rams Have Two Months To Prepare Dome Plan

    Rams have two months to prepare Dome plan

    BY MATTHEW HATHAWAY
    Friday, March 2, 2012

    ST. LOUIS • After months of keeping quiet about renovations to the Edward Jones Dome, it's time for the St. Louis Rams to go on offense.

    The team has two months to present its vision for the Dome, facing a May 1 deadline to make a counteroffer after turning down a $124 million plan from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission.

    The CVC, which manages the Dome, on Thursday announced that the Rams had rejected the CVC plan to make the Dome "first tier" in 15 categories detailed in the lease for the building. If the Rams and CVC can't strike a deal, the team could walk away from the lease and leave St. Louis as early as 2015.

    Rams officials would not comment for this story.

    The CVC said Thursday that it would not release the Rams' rejection letter.

    Jeff Rainford, chief of staff to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, said the letter was read to him over the phone and that it did not include any specific criticisms of the CVC plan. But the rejection, he said, wasn't much of a surprise.

    "It was what I expected in both tone and substance," Rainford said. "They rejected (the plan) in a very professional manner."

    The CVC had proposed adding new windows, club seats, a video scoreboard and a three-story structure on Baer Plaza that would serve as an entrance for fans in club seats and suites. It wanted the Rams to cover $64 million of the cost. The CVC plan did not specify exactly where the remaining $60 million would come from but listed higher fees for parking and tickets as one possibility.

    Taken as a whole, the CVC plan lacked the grand scale of several recent NFL stadium rehabs, like the $375 million overhaul of Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium or the $250 million renovation of Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

    The CVC plan also called for the Rams to pay for 52 percent of the $124 million project. That's a bigger share than what was paid by NFL teams in recent, more expensive rehab projects in Kansas City, Chicago or New Orleans.

    The CVC has said its proposed public-private split was determined by averaging the percentage of private funding for both new construction and major renovations at NFL stadiums since 2005.

    So far, Rams officials haven't said whether they believe the team should pay for any "first tier" improvements, although that issue is expected to be addressed in the team's counteroffer.

    The Rams must submit that plan to the CVC by May 1, according to the lease.

    "We look forward to receiving it," the CVC said in a statement announcing the Rams' rejection of the plan.

    The CVC will have until June 1 to consider the Rams' plan. If the CVC rejects it, the two sides would negotiate in meetings closed to the public, according to the lease. If no deal is reached by June 15, the matter would go into arbitration.

    If the CVC rejects a renovation plan endorsed by arbitrators, the team would be free to move out of the Dome or continue there on a year-to-year basis.

    Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.


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    Re: Rams Have Two Months To Prepare Dome Plan

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    NEW SEATS!!! hope they come in Dark Royal Blue or even laced in gold.
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    Re: Rams Have Two Months To Prepare Dome Plan

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    NEW SEATS!!! hope they come in Dark Royal Blue or even laced in gold.
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    Not new seats. More red seats is what they mean.

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    Re: Rams Have Two Months To Prepare Dome Plan

    Quote Originally Posted by sjacksonrules View Post
    Not new seats. More red seats is what they mean.
    Noooooo! Ahhhhhhhhhh!
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