CVC proposes $124 million upgrade to Edward Jones Dome


Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 2 at 5:10 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOV) -- The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission is proposing $124 million in improvements to the Edward Jones Dome in hopes of keeping the Rams in St. Louis.
A lease agreement with the team requires the dome to be among the top 25 percent of all stadiums as measured by various criteria. If not, the Rams could break the lease after the 2014 season and potentially move. Owner Stan Kroenke has been non-committal about keeping the Rams in St. Louis.
The CVC plan includes adding 1,500 new club seats, installing a massive 96-foot-long scoreboard over the center of the field and adding windows for more natural light.
Officials say the Rams would be responsible for 52 percent of the cost. Voters in St. Louis city and county would have to approve ballot measures funding the remaining $60 million.

Below are the details of the CVC's proposal:

$124 million upgrade
A 96-foot long scoreboard that would rival the one at Texas stadium
New entrance for club suites
Adding 1500 new club seats
50,000 square foot building at Baer Plaza which would have a skywalk over Broadway
All concessions re-done, more variety
Indoor tailgating area between Convention Center and the Edwards Jones Dome
Look and finish of the dome will upgraded with more natural light.

In a statement released on Wednesday night, the Rams say the yare reviewing the proposal and look forward to responding accordingly. However, it is speculated that the team will likely reject this proposal in a month, either over the cost for the team or because the improvements are not enough.