St. Louis pitches stadium proposal to NFL owners committee

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The St. Louis Stadium Task Force made it’s first-ever presentation to an NFL owners committee in New York, Wednesday.

Details were guarded.

FOX 2 learned Rams Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Demoff, was there with the task force.

But sources who’d seen parts of the presentation before-hand described it as very detailed and very impressive.

A spokesman said the meeting went “fine”.

Task Force members reportedly felt very happy about how things went.

And sources say the real signs of progress were on full display before that NFL owners committee on LA Opportunities:  a 45 minute presentation featuring slick, updated, animated versions of the stadium images now well-known in St. Louis; more importantly detailed answers to the owners committee’s questions about the proposed $985 million dollar stadium; a builder already in place; land acquisition nearly complete; and a respected task force team with an unsinkable leader in former Anheuser-Busch President, Dave Peacock, living up to the bold battle cry set forth at the project’s unveiling just 3 months ago.

“It’s about how we are perceived.  It’s about no longer accepting the notion that our assets can just dissolve in front of us and leave.  We need to fight for what is rightfully ours,” he said then.

The optimism is proving contagious.

“You see amongst the fans that peacock is celebrated as a hero; a lot of people hoping he runs for some type of office,” Ames said.

Fans who felt the football faith slipping at the onset of 2015 are now “buying in”.   On a night when they were hoping to win Blues playoffs tickets in a Ballpark Village giveaway, they weren’t about to give up on Rams playoff games in a new home along the Mississippi.  .

“My gut says we’re going to stay here,” said Mackenzie White of Belleville.  “St. Louis, I think we’ll keep ‘em.   I think it’s important to keep football team in St. Louis.  You don’t want to see it go.  We’re a three sport town.  I think we need to keep the rams.  We’ll regret losing them.”

“I’ve had multiple people tell me, I think they’re gone.  I think they’re staying, I really do,” said her brother, Kodiak.

Our partners at the Post-Dispatch report, Rams owner Stan Kroenke attended a presentation before the committee on the proposed Inglewood, California, stadium.

Peacock is expected to speak publicly on the meeting, Friday in St. Louis.

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