Posted June 01, 2012

St. Louis Rams’ proposed stadium upgrades rejected

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Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams’ proposal to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome was rejected by the city on Friday morning. (Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Rams’ proposed plan for $700 million in upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome was rejected by a city agency on Friday morning, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Pro Football Talk reported the rejection was expected.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission and the Rams have gone back-and-forth on proposed upgrades. The team rejected a $124 million proposal from the city and submitted the $700 million plan as a counteroffer.

The two sides can continue to negotiate for two more weeks, but if an agreement is not reached by June 15, the matter will go to arbitration.

“It was expected,” Jeff Rainford, the chief of staff for St. Louis mayor Francis Slay, told the Post-Dispatch. “I think the Rams probably expected it … and are preparing for arbitration.”

The Rams moved to St. Louis before the 1995 season. They had previously been the Los Angeles Rams.