Rams' plan for stadium upgrades rejected

The outfit that runs the Edward Jones Dome has rejected a sweeping overhaul plan for the building that was proposed by the St. Louis Rams.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission said no to the Rams’ plan that reportedly would cost as much as $700 million – not too far off the price tag for a brand new structure. What’s next?

The sides have two weeks – until June 15 – to come up with a refurbishing plan they both agree upon before the matter moves into arbitration. Originally, the Rams rejected what was a $124 million plan presented by the CVC.

This is a big issue, though, because some view it as one of the big dominos that could fall before owner Stan Kroenke moves the team. The Rams’ lease requires them to be in a “first-tier” facility by 2015. Definining first tier isn’t real easy but suffice to say the dome stadium needs work to get there.

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