SBJ/May 24 - 30, 2004/Facilities

Rams consider adding suites

The St. Louis Rams are researching the possibility of adding suites and club seats at the Edward Jones Dome as the team and the local sports authority continue efforts to remodel the 10-year-old facility.

Bob Wallace, executive vice president of the Rams, said the club hired CSL Consulting to determine the demand for more premium seating and architect Dennis Wellner of HOK Sport to design it.

The Rams are targeting space in the north end zone on the suite level that is used to store concession equipment. It has been converted to an auxiliary press box for national television games. “It’s very valuable,” Wallace said.

The St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority would have to approve further capital improvements to the publicly owned building, Wallace said.

“Nothing has been decided other than what we have already done with the renovation of the existing suite and club levels,” he said. “That’s going on right now.”

The authority is funding the installation of $2 million worth of new cabinets, carpeting and counter surfaces in the 124 suites and the 43,000-square-foot area serving 6,400 club seats.

“It’s about finished,” said Bruce Sommer, the director of America’s Center, which includes the dome. Other upgrades will focus on the concourses.

The Rams’ lease requires the commission and the authority to improve the facility after its 10th and 20th anniversaries to place the building in the top 25 percent of NFL stadiums for amenities.

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