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RSA: Departure of Rams disappointing, but opens up dome for other events

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Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis

KMOV.com) – The St. Louis Sports Authority met at the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis on January 13 to discuss the outcome of the Rams moving to Los Angeles.

According to officials, there will be millions of dollars in lost taxes and revenues for St. Louis and downtown businesses.

However, the St. Louis Sports Authority, which owns the Dome, says they do not see it as the end of the world.

Jim Shrewsbury, Chairman of the St. Louis Sports Authority said, “And while there will probably be an adjustment period, I think we’ll be okay here.”

According to officials, the Rams brought in tens of millions of dollars to the City and surrounding area, part of that through taxes.

The Dome and adjoining America’s Center also host conventions, conferences, and special events. The Rams departure opens up the possibility of more of these events.

“… For a long time we never had the ability to use this facility during football season,” said Shrewsbury.

Patrick Rishe, a Washington University business professor, says the Dome does not have the impact others may think.

“A very small percentage of those fans are coming from outside the range, when they come in, they’re in and out and don’t necessarily staying overnight, like the convention and conference goers would,” said Rishe.

Rishe and others say conventions and NCAA sporting events bring more out-of-towners, who stay longer in hotels and spend money eating out more and visit more attractions.

According to officials, there is a strong belief at the Dome that booking more events will eventually fill the economic gap left by the Rams departure.

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