Board approves paying consultants for St. Louis stadium project

The Board of the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority has voted unanimously to hire consultants to develop a new 64,000-seat, open-air football stadium on the north riverfront in downtown St. Louis.

Jim Shrewsbury, who heads the board, said the vote was both technical and symbolic. Planners who have been working on the project have volunteered their time until now, and the vote gives the planners money to spend.

The vote comes as St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke moves toward the construction of an 80,000 seat stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The Rams notified the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau on Monday that they will play the 2015 season at the Edward Jones Dome, but a group that includes Kroenke said Monday it had submitted a petition to put the Inglewood stadium project up for a public vote.

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