Rams have big, bold plan for Edward Jones Dome

The Rams want the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to buck up in a big way when it comes to upgrading the Edward Jones Dome.

The franchise is looking for the stadium to be updated and modernized and has a provision in the lease that it can leave town following the 2014 season if the building is not in the top quarter of stadiums in the NFL. How exactly one puts together that type of ranking remains to be seen, but the joint needs to be fixed up.

How much fixing needs to be done is a matter of great debate. The CVC presented a plan to the Rams that would cost $124 million. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams’ proposal that was recently submitted would come at a price tag of more than $700 million – not too far off of the cost for a new stadium when you consider the Minnesota Vikings are putting finishing touches on a $975 million stadium.

The state’s attorney general released the Rams’ plan, which was a counterproposal to what the CVC initially suggested.

The Rams’ plan would keep the seating near 66,000 but would greatly expand the facility to widen concourses and more. It would feature a retractable roof and a glass wall similar to what is at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It’s likely the showdown between the club and CVC heads to arbitration this summer. What is less clear is how the outcome of that setting could impact the future of the club in St. Louis.

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