The current mood surrounding the Rams' future in St. Louis could be described as somewhere between guarded fatalism and a double frowny face emoticon. :((
Bill Greenblatt/UPI An illustration of the proposed Rams stadium -- but we have some ideas to make it more awesome.
Ostensibly announced to compete with Rams owner Stan Kroenke's plans to build an NFL stadium near LA, the new St. Louis stadium would cost between $860 million and $985 million, and would require $200 million in loans from the NFL, $250 million from Kroenke himself and as much as $55 million in state tax credits. The rest, say the plan's architects, would be provided by a handful of other sources, including $350 million from extending the existing bonds at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch remarked that the plan, in its current state, rests on "creativity and hope."
Desperation is in the air to keep the Rams in St. Louis. If the city, its residents and business leaders are going to save the team, they're going to need a truly special stadium to woo Kroenke. Along with hope, they're going to need extra strength creativity, and we have five completely reasonable suggestions.More »