The St. Louis Rams were looking for some big improvements to the Edward Jones Dome, but officials have denied their request for $700 million in upgrades and that could spell trouble when the lease runs out after the 2014 season.
Officials for the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority have turned down the request as the money is just not available and while the two sides continue talks, reports have the team possibly leaving St. Louis if the issue isn't resolved.
There have been rumors over the past year of a possible return to Los Angeles, but with no new stadium in place in Southern California, the options for the franchise are limited.
The Rams have a lease with the dome and city for two more years, but a year-to-year agreement could be reached to keep the team in St. Louis for the immediate future. But the Rams ownership wants a better financial situation and a stadium that could host a Super Bowl.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has entered the fray with a possible answer, build a new stadium with more seating and locations are now being scouted for just such a plan. A new football field will cost more than upgrades over the dome, but with a a shot at hosting Super Bowls in the future and keeping the Rams in the city permanently, the price tag could be offset and the economy given a boost with construction of a new site.