ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- All eyes will be on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen Friday as city leaders are scheduled to vote on the financing bill for the proposed riverfront stadium. The vote comes one day after the Rams won what could have been the team’s final home game ever in St. Louis. The Board of Aldermen is set to meet inside city hall at 3pm. The vote could be critical in determining whether the stadium project moves forward.
Diehard Rams fans braved a cold December night to tailgate before Thursday night’s game at the Dome versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The tailgaters had fires going to help keep them warm. The team showed up hot last night– Tavon Austin had two touchdowns, Kenny Britt had one as did Todd Gurley. The Rams star rookie running back also eclipsed one thousand yards rushing for the season. The Rams beat the Bucs 31-23.
There were a lot of empty seats in the Dome and the stadium situation had to be on the minds of many.
A last minute twist has come up before Friday’s aldermanic vote. It has to do with the extra $100 million that the NFL was supposedly going to pitch into the deal in exchange for ticket tax proceeds. Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have obtained a letter from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to the head of the stadium task force Dave Peacock.The letter indicates that the NFL has no current plans to provide that extra funding. Goodell says the maximum that the NFL provides to teams to help build stadiums is $200 million. The extra $100 million would increase the NFL’s contribution for this project to $300 million.
It is unclear what if any impact the NFL funding development will have on Friday’s scheduled vote. Remember, there is a December 30th deadline for St. Louis to deliver its finalized riverfront stadium plan to the NFL.