EARTH CITY, Mo. -- As you'd expect after the news came Monday morning that St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke plans to be involved in building a new football stadium in Los Angeles, responses from the team's current home have been pouring in.
St. Louis city mayor Francis Slay was among the first to respond, taking to Twitter to offer a couple of thoughts.
We're committed to keeping an NFL franchise in STL because they have value. #fgs— MayorSlay.com (@MayorSlay) January 5, 2015
I am confident that Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz, working within Gov Nixon's parameters, can come up with a viable plan to do that. #fgs— MayorSlay.com (@MayorSlay) January 5, 2015
Later Monday afternoon, a representative of the two-man task force working on a St. Louis stadium proposal released a statement on behalf of former Anheuser-Busch president Dave Peacock and local attorney Bob Blitz.
"The news today is another reminder of how much competition there can be for National Football League franchises and projects that include NFL stadiums, but it does not change our timeline or approach," the statement read. "It is important to remember this will be a long-term process, but one that the State of Missouri and the St. Louis region are fully pledged to seeing through. We are ready to demonstrate our commitment to keeping the NFL here, and to continue to illustrate why St. Louis has been and will always be a strong NFL market. We will present a plan to Governor Nixon this Friday as scheduled, and we expect that it will meet his criteria, thereby allowing us to share our vision with the public shortly thereafter. In the meantime, we will continue to have discussions with the NFL, as well as Rams leadership."
Clearly, the next step in the process is to see what St. Louis is going to bring to the table. That announcement was expected any day but the statement makes it clear that Friday is the day the plan will be presented to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. It stands to reason it will be revealed to the public soon after. The conversations will only heat up from there.