NFL owners meeting late Tuesday night in Houston voted to relocate the St. Louis Rams and potentially, the San Diego Chargers to the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California. The move, by a 30-2 vote seemingly brings an end to a St. Louis bid to keep the Rams in Missouri with a new downtown riverfront stadium that Rams owner Stan Kroenke didn't support, and that league officials said as recently as this weekend did not meet the requirements necessary for NFL to oppose the relocation of the Rams.
Kroenke rarely speaks to the media. He did address fans in St. Louis about the move to Los Angeles:
"I have been open about this process. This process has been happening since 2002. I understand the emotional argument. But, this is not something that you want to do. But when you have a history, and a lease, that is part of the reason the team moved there. The lease requires certain things. As an owner, to be able to appeal to our fans, we have to have a first class stadium." said Rams owner Stan Kroenke at a press conference.
"The promise was made. There was a very detailed requirement for community engagement, which we followed. So, what I would say is that I understand the emotional side. But, I have a responsibility to take care of the organization and to my 31 other partners to have a first class facility. It is where they play too." said Kroenke.