ST. LOUIS –At the conclusion of the NFL owners' vote to approve Stan Kroenke's request to move the Rams to Los Angeles, Mayor Francis Slay issued the following statement:
"The NFL ignored the facts, the loyalty of St. Louis fans, who supported the team through far more downs than ups, and the NFL ignored a strong market and viable plan for a new stadium. I am proud of our effort and what St. Louis was able to accomplish in an extraordinarily short period of time. I thank everyone who worked so diligently on this project, especially the Governor's Task Force."
"In the meantime, we need to increase our focus on the region's hospitality industry—conventions, tourism and amateur sports. These events and the hotels and restaurants that support them put thousands of City and County residents to work in good jobs. St. Louis is great place to live and build a business—with or without NFL football."