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National Car Rental Field

National Car Rental Field
Location St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Coordinates ,
Owner St. Louis Regional Sports Authority
Executive suites 114
Capacity 64,000
Construction
Broke ground February 2016(contigent on the NFL and the Rams or an NFL team commiting money to the stadium including signing a 30-year lease)
Opened June 2019 (proposed)
Construction cost $1 billion
Architect HOK
Project manager Clayco, Hunt Construction Group, Kai and Legacy Building Group (HCKL)

National Car Rental Field is a proposed multipurpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. It is proposed to become the home of St. Louis Rams of the National Football League and a Major League Soccer expansion team.[1] The stadium cost is $1 billion.[2]

Background

When the Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis, the contract stated that the Edward Jones Dome had to be a "top tier" stadium by 2015, or the Rams had the option to stop leasing the stadium.[3] When this requirement was not met, the city and the team both proposed renovations to the 20-year old building. In 2012, the two sides went to arbitration, which sided with the Rams. [4] On January 5, 2015, the Rams owner, Stan Kroenke announced a $1.86 billion stadium in Inglewood, California. [5]

Proposal

On January 9, 2015, Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz announced a $985 million open-air football stadium on the St. Louis riverfront. [6] The stadium would hold an NFL team (either the Rams or another team) and soccer pitch that would meet FIFA regulations. The stadium task force has presented the proposal to the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunites[7] The MLS commissioner, Don Garber has met with the taskforce, and claimed that the stadium's multi-use potential was “very attractive for us.” [8]

On October 6, it was announced that National Car Rental (a Clayton, Missouri based company and subsidiary of St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings) had signed a 20-year, $158 million naming rights deal, giving the stadium the National Car Rental Field name.[9] On October 13, the stadium task force presented its term sheet to the NFL.

References

  1. ^ "Task force unveils new St. Louis stadium renderings". KSDK.com. 
  2. ^ "Bernie: NFL meets with St. Louis stadium task force". STLToday.com. 
  3. ^ First tier' is far from clear in Dome lease"'". STLToday.com. 
  4. ^ "A new stadium for the St. Louis Rams?". STLToday.com. 
  5. ^ "Owner of St. Louis Rams plans to build NFL stadium in Inglewood". LATimes.com. January 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Planners announce open-air, riverfront NFL stadium". STLToday.com. 
  7. ^ "St. Louis pitches stadium proposal to NFL owners committee.". Fox2News.com. 
  8. ^ "MLS likes new stadium plans here". STLToday.com. 
  9. ^ Hunn, David (October 6, 2015). "Proposed riverfront stadium gets a name: National Car Rental Field".  
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