ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- FOX 2 is learning more about the proposal for a new NFL stadium along the north riverfront. New pictures have been released and plans for the area include more than just football.
The latest information reveals a construction start date of next February 2016 and a completion date in June of 2019. The details are laid out in an interview that the project architects, St. Louis based HOK, did with our partner the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The stadium would include a three story brew pub, a 30-foot observation deck that stretches over the Mississippi River flood wall and a wall of public art. Sunken railways in this area required architects to design bridges that span the tracks and lead into the stadium. In fact, fans would enter the stadium on different levels. Sloping ground means rainwater gardens and the fact that the stadium is on the Mississippi River means light and sound screens are now on the top of the stadium so river traffic won`t be disturbed. The architects didn`t want the parking areas to look like asphalt lots so they have designed grass lawns that can support cars. The design also has 21-acres of green space and more than 38-acres of public space. The hope is that groups can hold events in those spaces. There is also a bike trail west of the stadium.
The price tag for the new stadium is now $998 million.
Governor Jay Nixon`s task force is set to make its full proposal at the October NFL owners meeting.