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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) –There were new details Tuesday on the proposed new NFL stadium in St. Louis and new information on whether it'll be Rams playing there.

"In the end, we want St. Louis to be an NFL city, whether it’s the Rams or not," said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

Sources told FOX 2 there had been several locations considered, from the old Chrysler plant in Fenton to the open farmland along Highway 141 in Maryland Heights -- but a site along the riverfront on the northern edge of Downtown St. Louis was the clear winner.

The location is loosely bordered by Cass Avenue to the north and Carr Street to the south.

The area is dotted with empty graffiti-covered buildings now.

But there are potentially stunning visuals for a stadium with the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge on end, the Arch and Lumiere Casino on the other, and the Mississippi River to the east.

"Where's the 50 yard line?" Fox 2's Andy Banker asked Mayor Slay.

"I can’t answer that one," he laughed.  "I do know they were looking at a site.  I’m not sure if this is the one they’re going to present for sure, but they were looking at a site on the north riverfront that I think is great."

By "they" he meant former Anheuser-Busch executive Dave Peacock and attorney Bob Blitz.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed the pair to spearhead a new stadium effort in St. Louis.

Slay said it had been months since he saw what was a preliminary layout, so he wasn't sure about specifics in the final recommendation to be submitted to Nixon on Friday.

Given Monday’s unveiling of Rams' owner Stan Kroenke`s plan to build a new stadium near Los Angeles, Slay seemed resigned to the idea that St. Louis no longer had a partner in Kroenke.

Slay said Kroenke won't meet with St. Louis leaders.

"We've all tried:  the governor, the CVC, my office, we`ve all tried.  Frankly, we`ve gotten nowhere there,” Slay said.  "We have to be realistic. We`ve seen an ownership of the Rams that has not shown any indication that he has an interest in staying in St. Louis, which is somewhat telling...maybe we`re reading the tea leaves wrong.  I don`t believe so."

Sources say the St. Louis stadium site is large enough for the stadium with parking lots for 20,000 cars or more, plus room for surrounding commercial and retail development.

If Kroenke had no interest in that, another NFL owner probably would, Slay said.

"I`ve talked directly to Eric Grubman at the NFL (NFL Exec. VP of Business Ventures) to let him know how interested we are in doing this," Slay said.  "This is a great place for a football team.  There's 32 teams.  We're one of the top 20 markets.  St. Louis is a good place to be for a football team.  We've got a lot of rabid fans here.  They want to keep the NFL here.  I want to keep the NFL here."

Slay joined Nixon in saying he would not support additional tax dollars being used to fund a new stadium. St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and the State of Missouri all pay millions of dollars every year to retire the debt on the Rams current home, the Edward Jones Dome.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, who took office earlier this week, said through a spokesman that he did not support any new taxes but otherwise did not have enough information to comment on whether he supported this effort to keep the NFL in St. Louis.

Stenger would not say whether Peacock and Blitz were acting on behalf of the county.

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