St. Louis-area construction unions have agreed to work round-the-clock on the city’s proposed riverfront football stadium that aims to keep the Rams from leaving town, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday.
Previously, plans called for crews to work a total of 20 hours per day, six days per week, splitting days into two shifts of 10 hours apiece. Under the new plan, crews would work 24 hours per day, seven days per week, dividing days into three shifts that last eight hours apiece.
The plan would save as much as $45 million on the proposed $985 million stadium, Nixon said, and it would speed up construction. The original proposal for the stadium called for it to be ready by the 2020 season, which the NFL said was too late.
Nixon said the stadium’s construction would provide daily employment for 1,500 workers and bring up to 3.3 million hours of work to the area. “This project is about more than football and franchises,” Nixon said. “It’s about revitalizing a distressed area, creating good jobs and creating expanding economic opportunities for workers and families across the region.”
Former Anheuser-Busch President Dave Peacock and Clayton attorney Bob Blitz are overseeing the project. On Jan. 9, Peacock and Blitz unveiled plans for the 64,000-seat, open-air stadium. That followed days after Rams owner Sam Kroenke was linked to a group planning to build a stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
Peacock and Blitz have worked with NFL officials, including Executive Vice-President Eric Grubman. Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the issue in his annual State of the NFL address before Super Bowl XLIX, saying that the NFL is currently working with both cities and multiple teams that are interested in the Los Angels market.
“There have been no determinations of us going to Los Angeles, any particular team going to Los Angeles or going to any particular stadium,” Goodell said.
He said that the NFL wants teams to stay in their current markets, but St. Louis currently does not have an adequate stadium to keep the Rams.