St. Louis and Missouri officials plan on moving forward with plans to secure land for a new stadium for the Rams.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) is expected to announce on Tuesday an agreement with the Terminal Railroad Association and Ameren Missouri, an energy company, to move a railroad line and relocate power lines to clear room for the proposed 90-acre site for a stadium.
“We have yet to come up with anything that looks like a fatal flaw,” Terminal Railroad Association president Mike McCarthy said.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke appears to be moving forward with plans for a team in Los Angeles, after he bought 60 acres of land adjacent to the Forum in Inglewood last year and teamed up with Stockbridge Capital Group on plans to build an 80,000-seat NFL stadium.
Those plans also include a 6,000-seat performance venue as well as retail, office, hotel and residential space next to the Hollywood Park site.
The NFL said that no team is relocating in 2015, but on Wednesday NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the creation of a committee comprised of six NFL owners to determine viable stadium options in Los Angeles. The city has not had an NFL team since the Rams and Raiders relocated after the 1994 season.
Any team that relocates must receive a three-fourths vote from the 32 NFL teams.
The Rams plan on moving to a year-to-year lease with the city of St. Louis because they haven’t reached a deal to help fund renovations for Edward Jones Dome. The 66,000-seat stadium is only 20 years old but is considered outdated, as 22 of the 32 teams currently play in stadiums that were built after 1995.
- Scooby Axson