As the end of the St. Louis Rams lease of the Edward Jones Dome draws nearer, team owner Stan Kroenke may be looking at moving the team back to Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times cites multiple sources in reporting that a holding company tied to the billionaire developer just purchased a 60 acre tract of land in Englewood, Calif. an L.A. suburb. It had reportedly been the site of a planned Walmart, but the store was never built. The land has also long-been considered as a possible site for a football arena should Los Angeles get another NFL team.
Its not clear how Kroenke plans to use the land, but the purchase does give him new options when the Rams' lease ends after the 2014 season.
The St. Louis Rams are again asking the state of Missouri to refund some of the taxes they've paid. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the team has filed six appeals since 2008 asking for a total of $4.7 million.
This time, the team is claiming it collected too much in taxes from ticket buyers -- about 40 cents per $100 ticket. The paper reports Rams attorneys have filed a tax appeal asking for a $401,000 refund. And they want the state to forgive another $445,000.
The Rams say they discovered they've been charging state sales taxes on base ticket prices plus city taxes.
The team admits it can't return the money to ticket buyers.
St. Louis officials were happy to announce that the national student robotics championship will continue to call St. Louis home.
The FIRST Robotics Championship inked a new three-year deal that will keep the event at the Edward Jones Dome through 2017. FIRST said that it reaches an estimated 300,000 kids from more than 60 countries in four K-12 robotics programs. The FIRST organization picked St. Louis from a group of cities vying for the conference.
The 2014 championships are set for April 23-26.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A board member of the group that owns the Edward Jones Dome has quit over what he calls another group's failure to share financial records
Bruce Sommer is a former city alderman who later ran the convention center for 25 years. The Convention and Visitor's Commission operates the football stadium that's home to the St. Louis Rams, while Sommer sat on the board of the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Sommer said convention executives wanted the board to help pay $2 million in legal fees as it tries to negotiate a new lease with the Rams.
Sommer said he resigned after his requests for more detailed budget documents went unfulfilled. The convention commission eventually paid the fees on its own.
Fans heading to the Edward Jones Dome for a Rams game this season, will need leave their usual purses, backpacks and diaper bags at home. That's because the National Football League has ban all but clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags inside stadiums for the 2013-2014 football season.
The bags can't be bigger than 12x6x12 inches. NFL approved tote bags will be sold in team stores and on-line, but a one-gallon freezer bag will also be accepted. And fans can still take in their palm-sized clutch purses.
NFL officials say they changed the rules to improve security after the Boston Marathon bombings.
More information about the new policy can be found on the NFL's website.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The organization that runs the Edward Jones Dome has made it official: The facility will not get a publicly funded $700 million upgrade that the St. Louis Rams requested.
St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission President Kathleen Ratcliffe informed the Rams of the decision in a letter dated Tuesday.
It was no surprise. After arbitrators ruled in favor of the Rams' plan over a much more modest CVC proposal, the CVC said in February it was unlikely to implement the plan.
The decision allows the Rams to break their lease with the dome after the 2014 season, creating the possibility that the Rams could leave St. Louis.
The team's offices were closed Friday for the long Fourth of July holiday and a spokesman was unreachable.