Public gets $16.2 million bill for Rams retention effort

The failed, frenzied effort to persuade the St. Louis Rams to stay by building them a new riverfront football stadium will end up costing the public more than $16.2 million – and no ground was ever broken on the project.
    
A majority of the money – $10.5 million – is going to local architecture firm HOK.
    
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/236Nhfv) reports attorneys for the current stadium, the Edward Jones Dome, have billed nearly $900,000, and Thompson Coburn bond and financing lawyers charged $760,000.
    
The effort to build the $1.1 billion open-air stadium came to a sudden halt Tuesday when NFL owners overwhelmingly voted to approve team owner Stan Kroenke’s request to move the Rams to California.
    
Kroenke plans to build a $2 billion football stadium near Los Angeles.

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