ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – We’re getting our first look this morning at what the architects are calling their final initial design for the proposed north riverfront NFL stadium in St. Louis.
Because of the proposed stadium’s location, the architects have had to make some changes, which HOK design principal Eli Hoisington tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, are opportunities to do something extraordinary.
The changes include bridges that cross depressed train tracks, rainwater gardens, and a steel and glass overhang to protect passing barge captains from the sound and lights of the stadium.
A wall of public art is included, along with an observation deck over the flood wall and a three-story brew pub.
And instead of asphalt parking lots, architects have designed grass lawns that can support vehicles.
For a better view of the following images, click to enlarge them:
The architects at HOK say work could begin in February and be completed in June of 2019.
Hoisington says the initial design work is done. HOK is now updating its presentation for the October NFL owners meeting.
Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz, co-leads of the St. Louis NFL stadium task force, and Hoisington will address and thank fans for their ongoing support of the project prior to Thursday night’s preseason game between the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs at the Edward Jones Dome, according to a news release.
Hoisington will speak to the latest stadium renderings and the next steps for the project design. Peacock and Blitz will update fans on the latest developments and thank them for their support of the Rams and the project.
The event will take place at 6:15 p.m. in the Missouri Athletic Club lot at the corner of Broadway and Lucas in downtown St. Louis. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will also make remarks.
The event will conclude in advance of the 7 p.m. kickoff.
(TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)