History of the St. Louis Rams

The professional American football team now known as the Los Angeles Rams played in St. Louis, Missouri, as the St. Louis Rams from 1995 until the end of the 2015 season, before relocating back to Los Angeles where the team played from the 1946 season to the 1994 season.

St. Louis Rams
Established 1995
Ended 2015
Played in St. Louis, Missouri
Headquartered in Earth City, Missouri
St. Louis Rams logo
St. Louis Rams wordmark
LogoWordmark
League/conference affiliations
Uniform
Team colorsMillennium blue, New Century gold, white      
MascotRamster (1995)
Rampage (2010–2015)
Personnel
Owner(s)Georgia Frontiere (1995–2008)
Chip Rosenbloom (2008–2010)
Lucia Rodriguez (2008–2010)
Stan Kroenke (2010–2015)
ChairmanStan Kroenke (1995–2010)
Chip Rosenbloom (2010–2015)
Head coachRich Brooks (1995–1996)
Dick Vermeil (1997–1999)
Mike Martz (2000–2005)
Joe Vitt (2005)
Scott Linehan (2006–2008)
Jim Haslett (2008)
Steve Spagnuolo (2009–2011)
Jeff Fisher (2012–2015)
General managerSteve Ortmayer (1995–1996)
Dick Vermeil (1997–1999)
Charley Armey (2000–2005)
Jay Zygmunt (2006–2008)
Billy Devaney (2009–2011)
Les Snead (2012–2015)
Team history
Team nicknames
Championships
League championships (1)
Conference championships (2)
  • NFC: 1999, 2001
Division championships (3)
  • NFC West: 1999, 2001, 2003
Playoff appearances (5)
  • NFL: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
Home fields

The Rams' relocation to St. Louis gave the city a professional football team for the first time since the end of the 1987 season. That was the last year that the now-Arizona Cardinals played there before moving to Tempe in 1988. The relocation was the second in Rams franchise history; the team previously called Cleveland, Ohio home until 1946.

The Rams played their home games at what is now known as The Dome at America's Center in downtown St. Louis, which the city had been constructing for the previous few years in the hopes of gaining an NFL team. The city was left out of the expansion that brought Charlotte and Jacksonville into the league for 1995 and another attempt to secure a franchise fell through when the ownership group controlling the New England Patriots was forced out of power by their stadium's owner and operator.

The Rams' new stadium was not ready for them when they initially arrived in Missouri, so they were forced to temporarily share Busch Memorial Stadium with the St. Louis Cardinals. Their first game in St. Louis against the New Orleans Saints was played on September 10, 1995, with the Rams winning 17–13. The then- Trans World Dome opened on November 12, 1995, with the home team scoring a 28–17 victory against the Carolina Panthers.

The Rams' last game played in St. Louis, in what was by then known as the Edward Jones Dome, was against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 17, 2015, which they won, 31–23. The Rams' last game as a St. Louis-based franchise was on January 3, 2016, against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium, when they lost in overtime 19–16. After the 2015 NFL season, the team returned to Los Angeles.

During the Rams' tenure in St. Louis, the franchise won its first and, to date, only Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XXXIV. Assisted by the Greatest Show on Turf offense, the Rams enjoyed their greatest period of success from 1999 to 2003, which included a Super Bowl XXXVI appearance, but struggled throughout their remaining years in St. Louis. By the time they moved back to Los Angeles, the Rams had gone 12 seasons without obtaining a winning record and 11 seasons without qualifying for the postseason.