The City of St. Louis is without a professional football franchise for the first time since 1995 after the Rams relocated to Los Angeles in January, and Missouri coach Barry Odom hopes that works in his program’s favor.
“For us, to attract maybe some (fans) that are missing out with the Rams, is obviously important for us and (to build) the relationships we have in that city,” Odom said on a teleconference call on Wednesday morning. “We’ve got to continue to develop those. Obviously, I want the University of Missouri to be a team that the entire state follows. Without question, St. Louis and Mizzou need to be a team together.”
Columbia, Mo. is about 125 miles away from St. Louis, but the Tigers are the only FBS program in the state. The Kansas City Chiefs are the lone NFL team in Missouri after the departure of the Rams.
Missouri was No. 10 in the SEC in football attendance in 2015 with an average of 65,120 per game, according to Jon Solomon of CBS Sports.