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Board of Aldermen president asks NFL to help pay off Edward Jones Dome

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Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Rams have left for Los Angeles, leaving Missouri taxpayers to foot the rest of the bill for team's former home, the Edward Jones Dome.

President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, asking for the league to assist in paying off the rest of the $100 million debt. The debt is not expected to be completely paid off until 2021. 

"In light of the burdens this relocation places on the City of St. Louis, and with an interest in remediating relations between the local fan base and the NFL, that I am requesting a supplemental allocation from the NFL on the outstanding Edward Jones Dome debt," Reed wrote to Goodell.

On Jan.12, NFL owners voted 30-2 in favor of the Rams to relocate from St. Louis to Los Angeles. The vote came just days after Goodell released a 48-page report that said the Edward Jones Dome was "inadequate and unsatisfactory" to keep the Rams in St. Louis. 

"Your display of concern for the local conditions we face and for the loyal NFL fans throughout the St. Louis region will highlight your organization's interest in being a responsible corporate partner throughout the NFL markets you operate in, and those you leave behind," Reed said in his letter. 

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