New St. Louis NFL stadium renderings released; new consultants n -

New St. Louis NFL stadium renderings released; new consultants named

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (FootballStL) -- Jay Nixon's task force on Monday released new stadium and property renderings of the proposed NFL stadium on the St. Louis riverfront.

A news release states the renderings reflect input received over the past seven weeks from the NFL and Rams, as well as stakeholders in the project.

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Also on Monday, five new consultants were named to join Nixon's team tasked with keeping the NFL in St. Louis, as well as enhancing the Edward Jones Dome and America's Center convention facility.

According to the statement, the consultants, who will report to task force leaders Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz, will bring expertise and experience to the task force that has been working on the stadium project since November.

Task force leader Dave Peacock said in the release that assembling the best-in-class consultants is further evidence of the groups sincerity to keep the Rams in St. Louis and the progress the group has already made.

New consultants include:

Barrett Sports Group, LLC. Based in Manhattan Beach, California, Barrett Sports Group (BSG) is a sports management consulting firm that will provide a comprehensive review and evaluation of NFL stadium deal structures and leases, and will assist in developing cash flow models for the new stadium and the team. The lead will be Dan Barrett, founder and principal of the group who has over 24 years of sports industry experience and has worked on numerous NFL stadium projects for the public sector and teams including New Atlanta Falcons Stadium, CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Invesco Field at Mile in Denver and Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, among others.

Columbia Capital Management, LLC. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, Columbia Capital Management is a municipal advisor that will provide guidance on funding strategies to develop the financing plan for a new stadium.

Downtown Now!, Inc. Downtown Now! is the development entity aligned with Downtown STL, Inc., a community based organization devoted to increasing investment in downtown St Louis through public/private partnership. The lead will be Doug Woodruff, president of both organizations. Woodruff comes with extensive real estate development experience and will be responsible for land assemblage on behalf of the RSA. He has been closely involved with the stadium project from the beginning providing his real estate expertise and development experience.

FleishmanHillard. The St. Louis office of FleishmanHillard, a full-service international communications firm based in St. Louis with more than 80 offices worldwide, will serve the task force with communications support, content and strategy. The lead will be Jim Woodcock, co-lead of the firm's global sports practice. A lifelong St. Louisan, Woodcock has extensive marketing and communications experience with NFL league executives and ownership, as well as on stadium projects in the NFL and other sports.

SMG. Based in Philadelphia, SMG is an industry-leading private facility management company that will provide pre-development consulting services, including developing economic modeling and forecasting for the new stadium project and reviewing the conceptual and schematic design for the project. The lead will be SMG Executive Vice President, Doug Thornton, who is based at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans where he led the $225 million rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina. He oversees SMG's Stadium and Arena properties and has been a leader in producing Super Bowls, Men's and Women's NCAA Final Fours, BCS Championship football games and many other major events.

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