Missouri's Governor says St. Louis is "prepared" to lose the Rams
St. Louis will remain an “NFL-ready” city should the Rams relocate, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday following a Kansas City Chiefs practice.
Speculation continues to swirl that the Rams will leave for a new Los Angeles-area stadium in Inglewood. However, St. Louis officials continue to make progress on a proposed $900 million stadium project on the riverfront that would either keep the Rams or lure another NFL team. Nixon, though, made it clear Missouri's biggest city deserves an NFL team, not necessarily the existing one.
“We're making a really solid effort and cohesive effort to keep them [Rams] here,” Nixon told reporters after the Chiefs morning practice. “There's a great redevelopment site there and I feel very good about staying an NFL city.”
The Rams are part of a relocation merry-go-round that also includes the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. There is speculation that the Inglewood stadium is being built to lure the Rams back to L.A. A nearby stadium project in Carson, Calif. could house both the Chargers and Raiders. An ESPN report said that Rams' owner Stan Kroenke's Inglewood plan “clearly gained ground” Tuesday at the NFL meetings suburban Chicago. If the Rams leave St. Louis?
“The bottom line is the NFL has really liked St. Louis as a market. The fans there are really, really good fans,\" Nixon said. \"What we're trying to do is make sure we're competing with all the other NFL cities to make sure we have facilities and fan amenities cost effectively [with] no tax increase that will allow us to redevelop that riverfront.”
The Packers host the Rams at Lambeau Field on October 11th, a game you can see on CBS 58. Kickoff is slated for noon.