Nixon to announce deal to clear the way for land needed for riverfront stadium

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – News 11 has learned a couple of big hurdles have now been cleared in the effort to build a new football stadium on the St. Louis Riverfront.

They’re big enough that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is holding a news conference at the stadium site at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning.

He will announce major progress and send a message to the NFL:  momentum is building in St. Louis.

Sources confirm the Nixon will announce new agreements place to reroute the Terminal Railroad line that bisects the site and relocate Ameren power stations and infrastructure there to clear the 90 acre site.

Perhaps just as importantly, it’s Nixon’s 1st news conference on the new stadium proposal.

“Absolutely the NFL is paying attention,” said Frank Viverito of the St. Louis Sports Commission.

“That’s good.  That’s where we want to be.”

The Sports Commission has no direct involvement in putting together the stadium deal.

Viverito wouldn’t comment on the governor’s announcement. Still, he said the governor’s news conference was another sign of growing momentum for a new stadium in St. Louis.

In the 35 days since the announcement of Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plan to build a new 80,000 seat stadium near Los Angeles, the two man St. Louis stadium task force of former Anheuser-Busch executive Dave Peacock and attorney Bob Blitz, have unveiled plans for a close to $900 million, 64,000seat stadium.  The St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority has also announced the hiring of consultants to get the stadium built.

The message has changed.

“Maybe momentum, maybe use the word progress.   I think the key is to continue to make progress.  So you tell the fans, try to stay off the roller coaster,” Viverito said.  “This is something to build on.  This is progress.  This is another step toward where we want to get to…the Rams will make a decision; the Chargers, the Raiders.  Everybody kind of figures into this; the bylaws, the stadium development in St. Louis.  All of those are moving pieces.  What we want to do is build the momentum that we can build, make the progress that we can make.  That’s hopefully what wins the day.”

Also Monday, an NFL memo leaked to the Los Angeles Times announced the formation of an owners committee to oversee the move of any team to Los Angeles – reminding interested owners that any move will require multiple votes from owners – with a three-fourths majority needed for approval.

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