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THE RAMS MOVE: UNDER THE ARCH -- LOTS OF LOOSE ENDS
Published April 14, 1995
In St. Louis, the Rams still must decide on where to train and how to accommodate ticket-holders for their first few games that will be played at Busch Stadium, a smaller facility than the dome they will eventually inhabit. Rams President John Shaw says the team will most likely train this summer in St. Louis, but that they might "eventually" choose a permanent training camp site outside the city. The WI "Cheese League" could be a possibility, as "July and August temperatures are more moderate" there than in MO or IL. The team is still looking for a site for its St. Louis HQs. FANS Inc. Chair Thomas Eagleton says the team will be "more inclined to look at sites where the land was available free of charge," after an agreement last week to cap FANS' obligation to fund the facility at $12.5M. The team will now pay the rest of the cost of a new facility, estimated at $19M-20M (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 4/14). STADIUM PROBLEMS: The team will need to play two to three games at Busch Stadium before the new domed stadium is ready in October. Busch, which seats 55,000-60,000 for football, will accommodate "barely" the 46,000 PSL holders, 6,200 club seat purchasers, 2,000 luxury box-holder seats and 1,700 tickets for Rams sponsors, the team and visiting team. Sportscorp's Marc Ganis, a Rams consultant, says the "immediate priority" will be to create a stadium manifest. Ganis: "That's basically taking every seat at Busch Stadium that's available for football and coding them so that we can have our ticket holders in the new stadium a location at Busch" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH, 4/14). RADIO DAZE: KMOX, the rights-holder for the Blues and Cardinals, is considered "a long shot" in the race to land the Rams radio broadcasts. KSD and WIL have emerged as the front runners, according to Dan Caesar in this morning's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Sportscorp's Ganis, who is also charged with negotiating with the stations, will not name the three finalists but says "several factors" will play a roll in deciding who will win the rights, including: The ability to market/promote the team, a strong signal, a high-quality technical production, and money. Sources say the team wants $3M annually (ST. LOUIS-POST DISPATCH, 4/14).