Convention and Visitors Commission
The CVC expects hotels to be completely booked not only in the city but throughout St. Louis County.
John Bettag, Vice President of Sales for the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, says that the key is repeat business from conventions that have had a good experience in St. Louis.
This year the CVC will be advertising heavily in Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Milwaukee in addition to Chicago, Louisville, Nashville and Memphis.
The Rams’ plan is expected to cost $700 million and would require major structural changes to the dome.
“We want to make sure the team gets the stadium issues resolved because they do need to have the kind of stadium that will help support them for the long-term in St. Louis.”
At issue in the fight is how fancy does the dome have to become in order to keep up with the top 25 percent of stadiums in the NFL.
An arbitrator could decide by late February or early March exactly what needs to be done to make the Dome a top-tier NFL facility.
Kitty Ratcliffe tells KMOX she thinks a deal can get done to keep team in town, if team wants to stay.
The CVC released a plan in February and the Rams presented their counterproposal last week. But the counterproposal wasn’t made public.
“Certain confidentiality is afforded to the elected leadership in order that they can conduct business in an appropriate and business like setting.”