Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MSHSAA Weighing Options on New Football Venue

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MSHSAA Weighing Options on New Football Venue

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The St. Louis Rams abandoned the Edward Jones Dome. Missouri's high school football championships could be on the way out, too.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association is in the process of putting together a Request For Proposals (RFP) packet for interested venues to host the state football title games.

"We're putting together an RFP packet just like we do for all of our team sports," MSHSAA spokesperson Jason West said. "Hopefully by the end of February we'll have that packet together and we'll be able to send it out to any perspective venues that would like to host the Show-Me Bowl."

West said he can see anywhere between five and 10 venues submitting applications to serve as host. The state football championships have been played at Edward Jones Dome since 1996. The Dome is run by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission.

"We have a great relationship with MSHSAA and have enjoyed working with them and helping host our state's high school football championships since 1996," the CVC said in a statement. "We understand that they are evaluating their statewide events, including football championships. We are currently holding their preferred dates for 2016 and hope they will make their decision soon."

Other venues that have hosted the state championships include the second Busch Stadium (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985); Arrowhead Stadium (1982, 1984, 1986); and Faurot Field (1987-1994).

MSHSAA was prompted to take a look at its options after the Rams bolted for Los Angeles. One selling point for Edward Jones Dome was that it was an NFL facility. Now that the Rams are no longer the primary tenant, the state has questions about how Edward Jones Dome will be maintained.

"The Rams leaving does have a large part in putting out the RFP, one of which is it's going to be a time of transition. Let's put that out there and see what other venues are capable of hosting it. The biggest concern when the team left is what will be left of the football playing facility," West asked. "Is the turf going to be tested properly each year? It's not going to be worn as much, but it's also going to be in storage more. …

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