Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

To Get Rams, Many Joining Club (Seats)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

To Get Rams, Many Joining Club (Seats)

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As telethons go, about the only thing missing was Jerry Lewis.

The St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association enlisted 100 volunteers. They manned a bank of 16 phones over a five-day period last week, contacting those who had sent in club seat contracts more than a year ago during the National Football League expansion process.

The results were impressive. About 96 percent of those contacted said they would renew their club seat contracts if the Rams moved here.

"We were surprised at the percentage that recommitted, given all the disappointment of not getting the expansion team," said Dick Fleming, president and chief executive officer of the RCGA. "There is in fact a real depth of support out there for an NFL franchise here."

Fleming provided the following breakdown on the club seat telethon:

Calls were made to those who sent in 1,286 contracts during the expansion process, encompassing about 5,700 club seat orders.

Of that group of 1,286, contact was made with 1,013 former contract holders.

Of the 1,013, commitments were made to purchase 4,339 club seats, a 96 percent renewal rate, according to FANS Inc., the non-profit group trying to lure Rams to St. Louis.

FANS was given the names of 273 contract holders that the RCGA was unable to reach over the five days.

"We're going to get most of those," FANS point man Thomas F. Eagleton said. "I'm not sure we'll get 96 percent, but we'll certainly get 90 percent of the whole list."

All told, FANS hopes to have commitments for 5,200 to 5,500 of the club seats before the Rams decide if they want to move to St. Louis. The domed stadium under construction will have about 6,300 club seats. A small percentage of that total must be saved for wheelchair access clients. A few hundred club seats probably will be left unsold - made available to the Rams to use at their discretion. …

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