When the last check is sent and the books close on the failed plan for a riverfront football stadium in St. Louis, the public will have paid out more than $16.2 million.
The public agency that owns the Edward Jones Dome paid 22 companies, including architects, surveyors, bond attorneys, construction managers, geotechnical engineers, financial advisers and a minority workforce expert in its efforts to keep the Rams from moving to Los Angeles.
Gov. Jay Nixon’s stadium task force, which guided the Dome authority’s hiring and spending, has faced criticism in the process. Some contracts were awarded without bids, which the task force said weren’t required. The firm of task force co-chairman Bob Blitz was one of the largest benefactors of the effort, raking in $889,601. Additionally, many of the stadium contractors are also political donors.
But those who worked on the effort to build the $1.1 billion open-air stadium along the Mississippi River say they were frugal and followed all laws.
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