Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Almost Gone: Rams Park Will Be Empty in a Week

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Almost Gone: Rams Park Will Be Empty in a Week

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There will be no convoy of moving trucks at the end of this month departing Rams Park in Earth City. The team's physical departure from St. Louis to Southern California has been going on for most of the past two months gradually but steadily.

And now, it has reached its final days. By the end of this week, the Rams' business and scouting departments will be shut down in the building.

Before the end of next week Thursday, March 24 to be precise the last vestiges of the Rams in St. Louis will be gone. That's when football operations shut down; in other words, the coaching staff, athletic trainers, equipment staff and video department.

At that point, the building will be empty, and the Rams officially out of St. Louis and en route to Los Angeles.

On Monday, April 4, the Rams open their temporary headquarters in Oxnard, Calif., about 70 miles northwest of downtown LA. In fact, draft meetings start that day.

The offseason conditioning program starts there April 18, and the team will be at Oxnard through the late spring practices known as OTAs in June. Those are the same practice fields the Rams shared with Dallas for joint practices in August.

The Rams can't hold training camp at Oxnard because the Cowboys still hold their camp there each summer. Instead, the Rams will gather the last week of July at the University of California-Irvine in Orange County, about 45 miles south of Los Angeles.

After training camp, the Rams are expected to set up shop in the Thousand Oaks area for their practice facility for the next two or three years before they finally move into a permanent facility.

In the meantime, the team has been in a strange kind of limbo in Earth City as the facility which the team has called home since 1996 gradually empties.

The pictures are off the walls throughout the building. The two glass trophy cases that line the main lobby of the building are empty. The glimmering Lombardi Trophy, commemorating the team's Super Bowl victory over Tennessee to cap the 1999 season, had been on display in one of those cases. …

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