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St. Louis upgrades for Rams dome

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2012 – 10:41 am

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission provided the St. Louis Rams with their plan to make the Edwards Jones Dome a first tier facility this week. Though the needs in many ways are different to the recommended improvements to Ralph Wilson Stadium, they provide an interesting viewpoint on keeping stadiums current with the ever changing aesthetics in pro sports as well as the broadcast technology requirements of the television networks that are the cash cow of the league.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch outlined the list of proposed improvements by the CVC in St. Louis, much of which addresses the dark, dank feel of the interior of the dome and the problem with crowd flow in and out of the stadium along with no true ‘tailgate area’ with the stadium in the heart of the downtown area. The price tag for the proposed improvements is $124 million.

According to the report the Rams have until March 1 to accept or reject the CVC proposal, and until May 1 to make a counteroffer. The two sides would go into arbitration if a deal isn’t struck by June 15. Without an agreement, the Rams would be free to relocate after March 1, 2015.

Buffalo hosts St. Louis this upcoming season.

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