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St. Louis Rams' dome proposal estimated at $700M, aide says

The St. Louis Rams' plan for renovations to the Edward Jones Dome included many details: an "operable roof panel", adding 6,000 more seats and two "party platforms" at each end zone and creating larger entrances at the dome's southeast and northeast corners. However, those additional seats would only be installed during a Super Bowl.

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One thing omitted from the plan, which was revealed to the public Monday by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, was how much it would all cost. A top aide to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Rams' proposal would cost more than $700 million. The proposal first submitted by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau checked in at $124 million. Jeff Rainford, Slay's chief of staff, said the CVC hired a construction firm to provide a cost estimate for the dome's proposed renovations.

Rainford also said the construction would cause the city to lose some of its larger downtown convention, costing the economy $500 million.

The Rams' original 30-year lease requires the dome to remain among the top quarter of the 31 NFL stadiums. Unless upgrades are made, the Rams can legally break the lease and potentially move after the 2014 season.

"The Rams lease with the CVC requires that on March 1, 2015 the Edward Jones Dome and specified components of the stadium rank among the First Tier of NFL stadiums," team executive vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff said Monday in a statement. "First Tier is defined as among the Top 8 NFL stadiums. In accordance with the lease, the Rams submitted on April 30th the Rams 2012 Plans to bring the Edward Jones Dome up to the First Tier standard. The First Tier process and procedure is confidential under the parties' agreements. The Rams will continue to respect those confidentiality obligations and will not comment on the Rams' plans or the process we are following."

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