DRAFT Stadium Financing, Construction, and Lease Agreement

The full draft St. Louis riverfront stadium project is below. It runs 58 pages of definitions, clauses, and financial details. Much was already known: an NFL owner is expected to put $250M into the stadium, the NFL’s loan program another $200M. The plan anticipates at least $160M in personal seat licenses (PSLs).

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Jeff Rainford

Mayor Slay’s former chief of staff, Rainford is in a position to peddle influence in the project as an insider on the St. Louis business and political scene.

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Doug Woodruff

As President of Downtown STL Inc. and Downtown Now!, Woodruff has played a key role in pushing the project on behalf of the 200 businesses Downtown STL Inc. represents. Downtown Now! has been paid $63,350 so far by the RSA.

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Robert Blitz

Blitz is founding member of the law firm Blitz, Bardgett, and Deutsch that has received contracts from the RSA. Blitz is the other member of the two-man Stadium Task Force. Blitz is playing a significant role in the billion dollar Stadium deal, and has been sued for fraud and negligence by the developers of the mixed-use Meridian at Brentwood. The developers claim that Blitz’s firm made a series of legal errors related to tax increment financing (TIF) for Meridian.

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Network Map

With the news that there will be no public vote on the proposed tax-payer funded stadium for the St. Louis Rams, there are many questions about the stadium deal and the city's development and investment priorities.

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Fact Sheet

Feel free to use this fact sheet when talking with your network about Who's Behind the Stadium Deal.

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St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority

The RSA has spent nearly $5.8 million on the effort to build a new NFL stadium on the Mississippi riverfront, including $63,350 paid to the nonprofit Downtown Now! assembling land for the stadium. Downtown Now! is led by Doug Woodruff.

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Jay Nixon

Nixon created a task force on the Stadium consisting of only two people, David Peacock and Robert Blitz.

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David Peacock

Peacock is the former President of Anheuser Busch and one of the two-member Governor Nixon appointed Stadium Task Force.

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