Fenton Mayor has open arms for Rams’ new stadium -- and empty wallet

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by John Knicely

KMOV.com

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Updated Friday, May 18 at 11:23 PM

(KMOV) -- The saga of the Rams and the Edward Jones Dome took a twist Friday when Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock said he’d welcome a new stadium in the St. Louis suburb. Rumors that the old Chrysler site would make a good home for a new stadium had already swirled, and the mayor’s comments add fuel to the fire.

Mayor Hancock tells News 4 he’s not actively pursuing the Rams but he’s got 300 acres of open space for any interested industry.

“We're not opposed to anything somebody would want to do on this site,” Hancock said. “And if one of them happens to be a stadium for the Rams, my guess is there's plenty room here on this site for a stadium and lots of other things.”

The Rams and the Convention and Visitors Bureau are currently at odds on how to bring the Edward Jones Dome into the top tier of NFL stadiums.  If the stadium isn’t in the top tier the Rams can get out of the lease after the 2014 season.  The Rams latest proposal is estimated at $700 Million and would essentially involve tearing down the dome and building a new structure.  City leaders have already said there’s no way that plan will work.  If the CVC rejects that plan the two sides go to arbitration on June 15th.

I asked Mayor Hancock what Fenton would be willing to contribute and he says the city has no money for a potential stadium.  He says a stadium is not even in the top of their list of what to fill the 300 acres with, but that he’s certainly not opposed to it.

Hancock says he hopes to have an announcement soon of some type of business that will fill up part of the empty space.

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