ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday officially voted in favor of the downtown stadium proposal that will be presented to the NFL later this month.
The vote was the final step of approval for the city to contribute approximately $150 million towards the proposed stadium along the Mississippi River that is expected to cost more than $1 billion.
A task force appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been working on a stadium proposal that could keep the Rams in St. Louis. The task force, led by Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz, released a statement on Friday.
“Today’s vote of approval represents a significant milestone in the effort to see our NFL stadium and riverfront renewal project come to life and, in doing so, keep the St. Louis Rams here in St. Louis,” the statement said. “We commend Mayor Francis Slay, President Lewis Reed and the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen for their vision, leadership and commitment. That’s what it takes to make a city everything it can and should be for its residents, businesses and visitors. St. Louis answered that call today.”
“We now have more work to do to prepare our St. Louis stadium proposal for delivery ahead of the NFL’s deadline of December 30. We recognize that our proposal will require extensive review before it is considered for approval by the NFL. We are confident that it will be well received.”
Nixon released his own statement on the vote.
“Today’s action by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen is another step toward keeping the Rams in St. Louis, transforming the north riverfront with private investment, and creating jobs — without raising taxes on Missourians,” Nixon said, in the statement. “I thank the Board for moving forward to meet the NFL’s December 30 deadline and help secure St. Louis’s position as a proud NFL city now and for years to come.”
The Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have all expressed their desire to relocate to the Los Angeles area, with the Chargers and Raiders joining forces on a plan to move to Carson and the Rams to Inglewood.
Of the three home markets, only St. Louis has put together an actionable stadium proposal.
The NFL owners will meet on Jan. 12-13 in Houston to vote on whether any of the three teams will be permitted to relocate.