If You Build It, Will They Stay?
The public board that owns and operates the
The city, however, filed a counterclaim that asks the court to rule the ordinance is valid. It also asserts the Dome authority can’t build a new stadium on the proposed riverfront anyway. It says the state law that allowed for the building of the Jones Dome – and is being used to authorize construction of a new stadium – required the dome to be located “adjacent to an existing convention facility.”
But the proposed new stadium, the city’s filing argues, is “located on the other side of a road” from America’s Center and the Jones Dome, where the city currently hosts conventions. St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Thomas Frawley scheduled a hearing for June 25. The lawsuit is one of two attacking funding sources for the $985 million football stadium. In the meantime Kroenke, as well as reps from the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers, has been meeting with NFL officials to discuss the situations in their teams’ home cities.
A decision on relocation requests will be made by the league in December.