A recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch report dissected the St. Louis Rams' options when it came to the team's playing facility as the organization neared an arbitration process that will determine the team's fate.
Among three potential areas to build a new stadium? Farmland in Maryland Heights in the vacinity of the Page Avenue extension.
From the report:
The three sites have long been discussed as possible homes for a new stadium — maybe even one for the Rams.
The team and the public agency that runs the Dome, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, have been at a stalemate for months over renovations required by the team’s 30-year lease.
Monday, three arbitrators will begin to hammer out answers. They will choose between three alternatives: the CVC’s renovation proposal, valued at least at $124 million; the Rams’ much pricier option; or a plan the arbitrators create themselves.
The Rams playing their home games in Maryland Heights would clearly mean arbitrators decided on their own plan.
That scenario, though, remains very unlikely, as both sides could find alternatives if they find arbitrators' decision to extreme.
More teasing from the report:
Maryland Heights city planner Michael Zeek said the city’s comprehensive plan could allow a stadium in several spots near 141.
“It’s always kinda been kicked around for this area,” he said...
Each potential site, however, has its own challenges. The suburban sites may sit on highways, but would still need major road renovations. Even then, they wouldn’t have access to the public transportation available downtown.
For more on this story, read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article.