ST. LOUIS (AP) Mayor Francis Slay attended a rally touting progress of a task force to develop a new stadium on the downtown riverfront, giving fans his ''word'' there would be a new stadium and the Rams would be playing in it.

Dave Peacock, leader of the group, was a lot more circumspect. Peacock said he and Gov. Jay Nixon met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Wednesday, and said ''I've never guaranteed anything.''

About 300 people attended the rally in the Missouri Athletic Club parking lot Thursday night not far from the Edward Jones Dome where the Rams and Chiefs played in a preseason finale. The rally lasted about 20 minutes and wound up about a half-hour before kickoff.

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Several protesters held signs saying ''No Vote, No Stadium.''

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