Public gets $16.2 million bill for Rams retention effort

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The failed, frenzied effort to persuade the St. Louis Rams to stay in town by building them a new riverfront football stadium will end up costing the public more than $16.2 million.

A majority of that money is going to local architecture firm HOK, which will get more than $10.5 million. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( reports attorneys for the Edward Jones Dome have billed nearly $900,000, and Thompson Coburn bond and financing lawyers charged $760,000.

The effort to build the $1.1 billion open-air stadium came to a sudden halt on Tuesday when NFL owners voted 30-2 to approve team owner Stan Kroenke’s request to move the Rams to California.

Kroenke plans to build a $2 billion football palace in Inglewood, southwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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