Rams to forego playing in London next 2 years, will focus on Dome issue

Rams to forego playing in London next 2 years, will focus on Dome issue

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Head coach Jeff Fischer (left) and assistant head coach Dave McGinnis both of the St. Louis Rams talk during rookie mini camp at the ContinuityX Training Center on May 12, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Brendan Marks / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 3:44 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – The St. Louis Rams will forego playing a home game in London over the next two years to refocus its efforts to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome, Rams CFO Kevin Demoff said Monday.

“…In an effort to focus on the Edward Jones Dome First Tier Process with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, the St. Louis Rams are withdrawing our commitment to play a home game in London in each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons,” Demoff said in a statement.

The Rams and Patriots meet at Wembley on October 28, about two months after the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

Up until Monday’s announcement, the team was initially scheduled to play games at Wembley against undetermined opponents in 2013 and 2014.

“…Moving forward, we believe our attention needs to be on the ongoing First Tier process,” Demoff said.

This year’s contest will be the sixth regular-season game at Wembley. But despite plans to bring a second game to Britain starting next season, the NFL said the Rams-Patriots date would be the only one in 2012.

The Rams finished 2-14 last season, tied for the NFL’s worst, and have won only 15 games the last five years.

The team was drubbed 38-3 Sunday by the Indianapolis Colts in its preseason opener.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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