ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Tuesday could be an important day for the Rams' future in St. Louis. May 1st is the deadline for the Rams to submit a counter-proposal to the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission for improvements to the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission says it has received and is reviewing the St. Louis Rams alternative plan to upgrade Edward Jones Dome.
The St. Louis Rams have released a statement concerning their counter proposal for Edward Jones Dome improvements. A statement from the St. Louis Rams was released saying, “This morning the Rams submitted the club’s proposed plans to make the Edward Jones Dome a First Tier NFL stadium. Our lease sets forth a procedure and process to bring the Edward Jones Dome up to the First Tier standard. The process and procedure is confidential under the parties’ agreements, and the Rams will continue to respect those confidentiality obligations.”
The Rams have already rejected a proposal by the CVC. The Convention and Visitors Commission is the public agency which operates the Dome.
The debate over improvements at the Edward Jones Dome is critical to the Rams future in St. Louis. The Rams lease says if the dome isn't among the top eight NFL stadiums by 2015 then the Rams can leave St. Louis.
The head of the Convention and Visitors Commission laid out plans for $124 million worth of improvements to the Dome back on February 1. Those included lots of new windows, a giant new video screen, and a bridge over Broadway. But the Rams rejected that plan and Tuesday must submit their own plan to the CVC to make the Dome a 'first tier' NFL facility. The Rams would have covered 52 percent of the improvement costs under the CVC's original plan.
Taxpayers would have been responsible for about $60 million of the improvements, which at the time, Mayor Slay would have come from existing revenue sources.
There has been debate over whether the Rams will make their plan public like the CVC did. Originally the team said it wouldn't, but now it's unclear.
If the two sides can't reach a deal by June 15th the two sides go intro arbitration. That could continue until the end of the year.