ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission is out with its latest amended plan for fixing up the Edward Jones Dome.
CVC president Kitty Ratcliffe says they submitted their latest proposal to officials with the St. Louis Rams on Friday.
“We stepped back and took a look at (our original proposal) and tried to figure out if there was a way for us to accomplish this in the existing footprint of the facility,” Ratcliffe told KMOX News on Monday. “And we’ve been able to figure out how to do that.”
They removed the originally-proposed 50,000 square foot building in Baer Plaza and replaced it with a 55,000 square foot addition to the existing stadium.
“We’ve also changed the center-hung scoreboard from a two-sided board to a four-sided board,” Ratcliffe said, adding that will also allow them to take out the two scoreboards currently placed behind each end zone.
Freeing up that space in the end zones would allow for the addition of more club seats.
Other components of the current CVC proposal:
* 30 new escalators added at existing entrances and a new building addition, nearly doubling the total number of moving stairways.
* Broadway would be closed to vehicular traffic from pre-game arrivals through post-game departures, to increase “fan safety and circulation”.
* Glass panels would be added to the seating bowl to stream natural light onto the ballfield.
* Technological upgrades would be made to the stadium’s sound system and cable network.
“We’ve provided much more detail than what was in our preliminary proposal,’ Ratcliffe explained. “Because it was of course just a preliminary proposal.”
She said the cost of the new proposal would be basically unchanged from the estimated $124 million quoted in the CVC’s preliminary proposal.
The Rams are now reviewing the revised plan with no firm timetable for the next step in the process to negotiate a new long-term lease.
If team officials don’t sign off on a new agreement with stadium owners they have the option of leaving town after the current lease on the Edward Jones Dome expires in 2014.
“We’ve analyzed all the other NFL stadia and feel that the plan that we have addresses the first-tier process very well,” Ratcliffe concluded.