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    Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    Fox 2 Gets Exclusive Details On Dome Deal

    Posted on: 6:22 pm, May 9, 2012, by Charles Jaco

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Fox 2 can now give you exclusive details about the secret Rams counter-offer to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome.

    We all find out complete details of the Rams wish list on Monday. That’s when Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will make all the details public, thanks to a state Sunshine Law request made by Fox 2. But we have a few details of what the Rams want. And they’re sure to raise the roof.

    Sources tell Fox 2 News that the biggest part of what the Rams want, involves tearing out the current roof on the dome and installing a retractable roof.

    Construction experts have told us in the past that putting in such a roof would be almost impossible without major structural changes to the dome building itself, very expensive changes.

    The Dallas Cowboys new stadium has a billion dollar facility with a retractable roof. Experts claim retrofitting an existing building with a retractable roof could cost between $200 and 300 million for the roof itself and other changes to the building.

    Sources say we don’t know how much this would actually cost, since the Rams did not include any cost estimates in their proposal.

    The Rams lease at the dome says the team is free to leave St. Louis in January 2015 if the dome is not among the top facilities in the National Football League.

    The Rams rejected an offer from the Convention and Visitor’s Commission to spend $124 million to upgrade the dome, half from taxpayers, half from the team. The Rams rejected that.

    And this is their counter-offer. If the CVC rejects this proposal, which is pretty likely, then both sides go to arbitration June 15th.

    A former economist for the St. Louis Federal Reserve tells Fox two that taxpayers spending hundreds of millions for Rams dome upgrades doesn’t make economic sense.

    We’ll find out the full details of the Rams proposal when the attorney general makes the information available on Monday.


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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    Interesting. I'll bet the Rams know a retractable roof isn't really possible, but want to use it as a negotiating point to get something. First offers are typically ones you are willing to move off of, otherwise you kind of suck at negotiating.

    Also the articles mentions that the Rams didn't put a price tag on anything. Some people were going crazy over the CVC's decision not to include exactly where the money was coming from. For those same people: How do you feel about the Rams not even including an estimated cost?

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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    Have they changed the seat colour yet?
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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    That would be awesome.. taxpayers shouldnt front the bill though.
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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk247 View Post
    Have they changed the seat colour yet?
    No, but the proposal apparently requires every last inch of the dome to be painted red, just to irritate everyone.

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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    So now we see the rough boundaries: $125M - $300M. Or as we know it.....one month of Nick's salary.
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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    So now we see the rough boundaries: $125M - $300M. Or as we know it.....one month of Nick's salary.
    Nick must have taken a pay cut recently.

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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post

    The Rams rejected an offer from the Convention and Visitor’s Commission to spend $124 million to upgrade the dome, half from taxpayers, half from the team. The Rams rejected that.
    More information from the department of redundancy department, as it develops.
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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    People should also keep in mind that it isn't up to the Rams to decide what being a first-tier facility means, they don't get to set that definition, and neither does the CVC. The Rams will ask for what they want to make themselves satisfied, but doesn't mean that anything less than that means the Rams are allowed out of the lease.

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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    This would be sick

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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    I think that, with the right set of tools, any roof can be retractable.

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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    I think that, with the right set of tools, any roof can be retractable.
    Retractable, or collapsable?
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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    We can always destroy the roof we have now and get a bubble on top of it Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD-stadium_roof_1.jpg
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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    Regardless, I like that Stan's being aggressive in trying to get the Rams a top-tier stadium. I think it's an important marketing strategy, especially with the purging, so to speak.


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    Re: Report: Rams seeking retractable roof at EJD

    I never understood the need for a roof in St. Louis, besides the obvious fake grass looks better on tv and is cheaper theory. But there are no domes in Buffalo, Foxboro, Chicago or Denver so go figure.
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