St. Louis Rams Team History
Georgia Frontiere attempted to relocate the Rams to Baltimore, Maryland, but that deal was eventually stopped. Mrs. Frontiere then sought to re-locate the team to the city of St. Louis. NFL owners (of the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Giants, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, and the Minnesota Vikings, specifically) voted to oppose the move, arguing that Frontiere who was claiming that, without the extra revenues from a new stadium, the L.A. market was so unprofitable that it risked bankrupting the Rams had badly mismanaged the team. Nevertheless, she threatened to sue the NFL itself; ultimately, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue acquiesced to Frontiere’s demands. As part of the re-location deal, the city of St. Louis agreed to build a taxpayer-financed stadium, and guaranteed that the stadium’s amenities would be maintained in the top 25% of all stadiums in the National Football League. Frontiere waived the clause after a 10-year threshold period had passed, though, as the city implemented a later plan to improve the stadium.
The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America’s Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995 to 2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was constructed largely to lure an NFL team back to St. Louis, and to serve as a convention center. The Dome provides multiple stadium configurations that can seat up to 70,000 people. Seating levels include: a private luxury suite level with 120 suites, a private club seat and luxury suite level with 6,400 club seats, a concourse level (lower bowl) and terrace level (upper bowl). The dome was completed in 1995.
Super Bowl XXXIV was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion St. Louis Rams and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Tennessee Titans to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1999 season. The Rams defeated the Titans by the score of 23–16, capturing their first Super Bowl win and first NFL championship since 1951. The game, played on January 30, 2000 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, was the fourth Super Bowl to be held a week after the conference championship games the previous time this happened was Super Bowl XXVIII, and coincidentally that game was also played on January 30 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
In 2010, Kroenke exercised his right of first refusal to buy the remaining interest in the St. Louis Rams from the estate of late owner Georgia Frontiere. On August 25, 2010, he became full owner of the Rams by unanimous consent of the NFL. To gain approval from NFL owners, Kroenke agreed to turn over control of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche to his son, Josh, by the end of 2010, and he must give up his majority stake in both teams by December 2014. The NFL does not allow its owners to hold majority control of major league teams in other NFL markets.
On January 5th 2015, it was announced that the Kroenke Group was teaming up with Stockbridge Capital Group to build an 80,000 seat NFL stadium and venue (dubbed the City of Champions Revitalization Initiative) in Inglewood, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles. St. Louis officials felt they were not getting fair treatment as Kroenke has (to date) had no talks or discussions with city officials, who have expressed large interest in keeping the team in St. Louis. In a radio interview, Kroenke was labeled as “enemy number one” in his home state due to his uncanny nature and cut-throat business style expressed by his non-negotiations with St. Louis on the Rams stadium situation.
After the 1994 NFL season, the Rams left California and moved east to St. Louis, Missouri. Five seasons after relocating, the team won Super Bowl XXXIV in a 23–16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Rams continued to play in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis until the end of the 2015 NFL season, when the team filed notice with the NFL of its intent to pursue a relocation back to Los Angeles. The move was approved by a 30–2 margin at an owners’ meeting in January 2016, with the Rams returning to the city for the 2016 NFL season.
Cleveland – Los Angeles – St. Louis – Los Angeles
1936 – Present National Football League
Rams – The “Rams” originated in Cleveland in 1936 and the name came from the college team “Fordham Rams.” See the Cleveland Rams nickname description.
2016 – Present Los Angeles Rams
1995 – 2015 St. Louis Rams
1946 – 1994 Los Angeles Rams
1936 – 1945 Cleveland Rams
Super Bowl 1
NFL Championship 0
2016 – Present Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
2001 – 2015 Edward Jones Dome
2001 Dome at America’s Center
1995 – 2000 Trans World Dome
1980 – 1994 Anaheim Stadium
1946 – 1979 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1936 – 1937, 1939 – 1941, 1945 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
1937, 1942, 1944 – 1945 League Park
1938 Shaw Stadium
2010 – Present Stan Kroenke
2008 – 2010 Chip Rosenbloom, Lucia Rodriguez, and Stan Kroenke
1995 – 2008 Georgia Frontiere and Stan Kroenke
1979 – 1995 Georgia Frontiere
1972 – 1979 Carroll Rosenbloom
1971 – 1972 Robert Irsay
1941 – 1971 Dan Reeves
1936 – 1941 Homer Marshman
7 Bob Waterfield
28 Marshall Faulk
29 Eric Dickerson
74 Deacon Jones
75 Merlin Olsen
78 Jackie Slater
80 Isaac Bruce
85 Jack Youngblood
2010 – Present Rampage
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