ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Rams believe a move to Los Angeles would be best for the franchise’s long-term success, according to the team’s application for relocation, obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times.
The 29-page application details the franchise's reasons for wanting out of St. Louis, following "12 years of fruitless talks."
The Rams say attendance has been below league average despite an improvement in on-field performance, placing the franchise in the “low fourth quartile in gross ticketing receipts.”
On page 26 of the application, the Rams say St. Louis is not capable of supporting three major sports teams. No other NFL franchise would be interested in the current proposed riverfront stadium, the franchise says in its application, and that it doesn't make economic sense to be in the city.
The St. Louis Stadium Task Force, which developed the riverfront stadium proposal, issued this response:
"The Rams’ assessment of their experience in St. Louis after 21 years of remarkable support by fans, businesses and the community is inaccurate and extremely disappointing. We have a spectacular stadium proposal that delivers certainly what the NFL has asked for."
The Inglewood stadium, with a proposed capacity of over 70,200-seats, is a "shovel ready" project and could open by the start of the 2019 NFL season. The stadium carries an estimated $1.86 billion price tag.
You can read the application in its entirety below: