Fans who no longer want to wear Rams hats, jerseys and T-shirts can drop off the gear at Pitchers, a downtown Belleville sports bar that will donate the items to charities.
Pitchers Sports Pub & Pizzeria will collect the gear until the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 and then donate everything to St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Urban Programs in the metro-east.
“We’re trying to collect some Rams gear from people that don’t want it anymore and give to people in need here in the area,” said Andrew Cordes, bar manager for Pitchers at 104 W. Main St.
We’re trying to collect some Rams gear from people that don’t want it anymore and give to people in need here in the area.
Andrew Cordes, bar manager for Pitchers
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Jerry Morgan of Staunton stopped by Pitchers Sunday afternoon and was impressed by the dozens of items already collected. He didn’t know Pitchers was conducting the clothing drive but he called it a great idea.
The collection drive began on Wednesday, the day after the NFL owners voted to allow Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move the team from St. Louis to Los Angeles.
Kroenke plans to build a $1.86 billion stadium for the Rams, who were located in Los Angeles from 1946 to 1994 and in St. Louis from 1995 until Tuesday.
Rams fans across the metro-east were upset with Kroenke for moving the team out of St. Louis and to plug into this frustration, Pitchers had a game plan on Sunday. Customers could throw darts at a dartboard with Kroenke’s photo in the bullseye and win prizes based on how many points they scored.
Along with Kroenke’s photo, the dartboard had NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Eric Grubman, executive vice president of the NFL, and Kevin Demoff, chief operating officer for the Rams.
The Rams will play in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum while the new stadium is built in Inglewood, Calif.
For more information about the clothing drive, call 618-233-4800.