By Anne Allred
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - St. Louis sports fans are split when it comes to guessing what will happen next if the Rams terminate their lease with the Edward Jones Dome in 2015.
Eileen Frank thinks the franchise will move to another city.
"I think the Rams will be gone then, I'd like them to stay," she said.
Henry Mittler disagrees, saying, "I think they're going to build a new stadium and go to a year-to-year lease until they get a new stadium built."
The Chief of Staff for the St. Louis City Mayor's Office, Jeff Rainford, says it is highly unlikely the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission will make the $700 million in upgrades required to make the Edward Jones Dome a first-tier facility.
After the ruling by arbitrators Friday, if the CVC does not make these improvements to the stadium the Rams can terminate their lease with the Edward Jones Dome in March of 2015.
If the Rams leave the metro area permanently, Rainford says it will not hurt the downtown economy. He said it could be a fiscal positive because the stadium could be used to book more conventions if the Rams leave.
"Because the Rams are there we can't get any big, large conventions in St. Louis because the Rams schedule comes out one year in advance and most of these conventions are three years in advance," he said.
The ruling about the Rams lease is just one step in a long process. However, Mayor Slay says if keeping the Rams ever means a tax increase, the residents of St. Louis will get their say in the voting booth.