By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Part 1 of 2 | Yesterday, the St. Louis Rams' counteroffer to the St. Louis Convention Center and Visitors Commission (CVC) for renovations to Edward Jones Dome (EJD) were released by the Missouri Attorney General's office. Although terms were supposed to remain confidential per the Rams' lease agreement, media outlets had petitioned the Attorney General to make public the Rams counterproposal, which Attorney General Chris Koster did on Monday per Missouri's "Sunshine Law." Overall, the Rams have proposed renovations to EJD that the CVC estimates would cost $700 million. This is in comparison to the CVC's own proposal in February for $124 million in renovations, a topic that we reviewed in depth this spring here and here.
Timeline for Agreement
The CVC has until June 1, 2012 to react to the Rams' $700 million proposal, which they will do by rejecting it upon the recommendation of Mayor Francis Slay. Thereafter, the Rams and CVC will enter arbitration by June 15, 2012, a process that will in turn take several months to resolve.
The Rams have proposed renovations to the CVC for EJD that include the following:
1. The upper bowl North, West, and South seating will be retained. The remainder of the seating will be renovated. Seating will be 66,000, expandable to 72,000 for Super Bowl events.
2. The stadium will have access to natural light through an operable roof panel.
3. General seating will have 19-inch seat widths.
4. Club seating will have 21-inch seat widths.
5. The field/floor will accommodate conventions, basketball, and other events.
6. The public concourse concessions ratio shall be 1:200 maximum and the club lounge concessions ratio shall be 1:100 maximum.
7. Two merchandise stands on the main concourse, four stands on the upper concourse, two stands in each club lounge shall grace EJD.
8. Club and suite seating shall have access to natural daylight, upscale fixed bars, lounge seating, Wi-Fi, HDTVs, and scoreboards.
9. Two corner video boards each 37 by 97 feet shall be in EJD. One continuous ribbon board that is 3 feet high shall circle the stadium.
10. Wi-Fi will be in public areas and cell phone signal boosters shall be in high density and enclosed spaces.
In total, the Rams have made renovation demands relating to Facility Seating, Patron Amenities and Support, NFL and Multipurpose Facilities, Convention Facilities, Food Service, Facilities Operations, Media/Electronic System Upgrades, Mechanical and Electrical Upgrades, HVAC, Plumbing, and Other Utilities.
Photos of the Rams' proposed renovations can be found in the gallery below.
Later this week, we will examine the financial implications of the Rams' proposal for EJD and explain why despite the discrepancy in renovation plans between the Rams and CVC, the Rams remain a secondary player for relocation to Los Angeles behind the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders—at this time.