SBD/July 2, 2013/Facilities

Edwards Jones Dome Upgrades Fall Into Hands Of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon must "work out a plan to keep" the Rams in Missouri "now that local leaders have all but officially rejected" the $700M plan to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome, according to Samantha Liss of the ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL. St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority Chair James Shrewsbury said that the issue "has moved out of the hands of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) and onto Nixon’s desk." Anheuser-Busch Senior Adviser and St. Louis Sports Commission Chair Dave Peacock also is "said to be part of the negotiations to keep the Rams in St. Louis." If no upgrades are made to "make the Dome a top-tier facility, the Rams can void their current lease and go on a year-to-year lease starting March 2015." CVC President Kitty Ratcliffe said that the next step is for her group "to write a formal letter to the Rams organization indicating how the city, county and state plan to proceed" (ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 6/28 issue).
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