ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission is scheduled to break huddle later today and execute their play for keeping the Rams in town.
CVC officials are scheduled to deliver their plan for fixing up the Edward Jones Dome to make it one of the top 25% stadiums in the league.
Today’s deadline comes at a critical moment in the Rams’ 17-year history in St. Louis.
Team officials can opt out of the lease on the Dome after the 2014 season if it hasn’t been upgraded enough to be considered one of the top eight stadiums in the 32-team league.
But with so much on the line for Rams fans — and local taxpayers — CVC spokesman Brian Hall says don’t expect any early peeks at the proposal.
“We are obligated by the terms of our lease to a confidentiality agreement with the Rams,” Hall told KMOX News. “So we really can’t comment on any of the particulars.”
Tensions between the Rams and stadium operators ratcheted up a bit last week when it was announced that the team will play one regular season “home” game in London over each of the next three seasons, part of the NFL’s effort to expand outside of U.S. borders and build fan-bases for individual teams overseas.
While agreeing that the international exposure will be good for the Rams and for the city, CVC officials were quick to warn team owner Stan Kroenke that the deal would violate the team’s lease with the Edward Jones Dome.
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