A couple of Sundays ago, three women clad in Washington Redskins maroon and yellow sat at a sidewalk table outside the Hyatt Regency downtown, recalling their weekend in St. Louis.
They had come from Maryland on a charter bus, along with 30 other people, to see their team play the Rams that Sunday afternoon. They had booked three nights at the Hyatt, taken in the view from the Gateway Arch, visited the Old Courthouse, gone to dinner and to a jazz club, hit the slots at Lumière Place and shopped at St. Louis Mills. They had been having a good time, said Wanda Meredith.
“And we’re certainly leaving a little money here,” she said.
How much money out-of-towners such as Meredith leave at eight regular-season Rams home games is a pretty important question these days. The team and local officials are months into negotiations over the future of the Edward Jones Dome, right now entering arbitration over what, exactly, the “first tier” stadium requirements in the team’s lease really mean.