FOX 2 has learned the talks have now shifted from rebuilding the Dome, a cost of $700 million, to negotiations between the Rams and the state of Missouri over a possible new stadium for the NFL team.
Friday, the Rams' landlord made it official -- both the St. Louis Convention and Visitor's Commission and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority have sent letters to the Rams saying the Dome will not be re-built in order to make it a top-level NFL facility.
This means the Rams' lease on the Dome is now year-to-year and that the team would be free to leave St. Louis after the 2014 season.
Friday afternoon, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon released this statement:
"We appreciate the value of having two solid NFL franchises in the state of Missouri, with stable ownership in both St. Louis and Kansas City. I will never forget the way both franchises stepped up to help the people of Joplin after the 2011 tornado, including building several new homes as part of the Governor’s Joplin Habitat Challenge. I look forward to hearing from the Rams about their long-term plans."
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