Rams Win Earth City Training Facility in Arbitration

By on April 18, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The deal that allowed the Rams to leave St. Louis has now given the team a parting gift — its 27-acre practice facility in Earth City, worth at least $12.7 million.

An arbitration panel ruled on Wednesday that an option in the Rams training camp lease allows the departed National Football League team to buy the buildings, fields and grounds from the public in 2024 for just $1.

“I’m disappointed,” said St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority board chairman Jim Shrewsbury. “It’s a significant asset, and it’s worth a significant amount of value.”

The sports complex authority, a public agency supported by St. Louis, St. Louis County and Missouri taxpayers, owns the Dome at the America’s Center, where the Rams played, and the practice grounds, then called Rams Park. It leased the park to the team for $25,000 a year.

That property, which also housed team offices, was once appraised by St. Louis County for nearly $19 million. But building values dropped, and it was appraised in 2019 for $12.7 million.

The park was vacant for about a year. In 2017, the youth soccer program Lou Fusz Athletic leased the land from the authority. It rents fields for youth leagues and other programs.

Lou Fusz Athletic Managing Director Dan Gargan and Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff could not be reached for comment.

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