|Edward Jones Dome|
|Location||701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri 63101|
|Opened||November 12, 1995|
|Owner||St. Louis Regional Sports Authority|
|Operator||St. Louis Convention/Visitors Bureau|
|Surface|| AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D (2010–present)|
|Construction cost||$280 million|
|Architect||Populous (formerly HOK Sport)|
|Former names|| Trans World Dome (1995–2001)|
Dome at America's Center (2001–2002)
Russell Athletic Field at Edward Jones Dome (December 11, 2006)
|Tenants|| St. Louis Rams (NFL) (1995–2015)|
FIRST Robotics World Championship (2011-2013)
NCAA Final Four (2005)
The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995–2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. It served as the home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, until the team moved back to Los Angeles after the 2015 season. It was constructed largely to lure an NFL team back to St. Louis, and to serve as a convention center. The Dome provides multiple stadium configurations that can seat up to 70,000 people. Seating levels include: a private luxury suite level, a private club seat and luxury suite level, a concourse level (lower bowl) and terrace level (upper bowl). The dome was completed in 1995.
The dome is bordered by America's Center to the west, Cole Street to the north, Broadway to the east and Convention Plaza to the south. It is accessible off Interstate 70 eastbound at the Convention Center/Broadway/Busch Stadium exit, I-70 westbound from Illinois at the Martin Luther King Jr./Veterans Memorial Bridge, and Interstate 55 southbound at the Gateway Arch/Busch Stadium exit. The stadium is also serviced by the Convention Center Metrolink rail station.
From its construction to mid-fall 1995, the dome was known as the "Dome at America's Center". Then the dome was known as the Trans World Dome, after Trans World Airlines, until 2001, when TWA was acquired by American Airlines (American already has its name on two NBA/NHL venues in Dallas and Miami). The facility was then briefly went back known as the Dome at America's Center until the naming rights were acquired on January 25, 2002 by Edward Jones Investments, a brokerage house based in St. Louis.
As part of a deal to sell the naming rights to Rams Park (now the Russell Athletic Training Center), the Rams' training facility in Earth City, Missouri, to sportswear manufacturer Russell Athletic, the Rams agreed to rename the Edward Jones Dome to Russell Athletic Field for the Rams' Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears on December 11, 2006. The renaming was for the one night only.
The dome has hosted five NFC playoff games, including the 1999 and 2001 NFC Championship games, both of which the Rams won.
NCAA College BasketballEdit
In April 2005, the Edward Jones Dome hosted the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Final Four. Louisville, Illinois, Michigan State and North Carolina met, with North Carolina winning the title game against Illinois.
The Dome has hosted an NCAA Men's Basketball Regional three times and is scheduled to host in 2012. In 2004, the St. Louis Regional saw Georgia Tech defeat Kansas in a final that required overtime, Tech have previously defeated Nevada while KU became the first team (and the only one to date) to score 100 points in a college basketball game in the building in its regional semifinal win over UAB. The Dome also hosted the 2007 Midwest Regional, where Florida, en route to winning its second consecutive national championship, defeated Butler and then Oregon, who had defeated UNLV in the other regional semifinal. In 2010, Michigan State eliminated Northern Iowa, and Tennessee knocked off Ohio State, before MSU beat UT to move on to the Final Four.
The Edward Jones Dome hosted the first Big 12 Conference football championship game in 1996 (Nebraska versus Texas). The third game, in 1998, was also held in the dome (Kansas State versus Texas A&M). The dome has also been a neutral site for regular-season college football matchups between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Missouri Tigers, promoted locally as the "Arch Rivalry". Missouri has won all six games (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010).
MSHSAA Show Me BowlEdit
Since 1996 the Dome has held the annual Missouri State High School Activities Association football championship games.
Religious conferences and other eventsEdit
The Dome became the site of the biggest indoor gathering in United States history, January 27, 1999 when Pope John Paul II held mass in the stadium. Over 104,000 people attended the service.
In 1999 the Rev. Billy Graham held The Greater St. Louis Billy Graham Crusade with well over 200,000 people attending in its four days. Michael W. Smith and Kirk Franklin were among the musical artists that performed.
Edward Jones Dome hosted the 2005 General Conference Sessions of Seventh-day Adventists.
The dome was also host to Nazarene Youth Conference "Water Fire Wind" in July 2007. The conference was noted for renovating 35 public schools in the St. Louis area, saving the school system over $150,000 in labor costs. The conference also built two homes in one week in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, sponsored over 1,500 children in third-world areas (in partnership with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and World Vision), and fed over 10,000 families in the St. Louis area for one week.
From 2011 through at least 2013, the Dome will host the World Championship of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Over 300 teams from around the world qualify annually to compete in the championship held in mid-April. The FIRST LEGO League World Festival and FIRST Tech Challenge Championship occur at the same time, in different areas of the Dome.
Starting for the 2010 season, The Edward Jones Dome will receive a new permanent turf surface. The surface manufactured by AstroTurf, will be AstroTurf’s Magic Carpet II Conversion System, which features its GameDay 3D Synthetic Turf System. This system is similar to the original turf system that was in the dome from 1995-2004 whereas it can be rolled up and stored underground in a pit at the dome. The dome used a FieldTurf brand surface from 2005-2009.
The Edward Jones Dome also received a $30 million renovation in 2009, which replaced the scoreboards with LED video displays (one large in north endzone and one smaller in south endzone)and LED fascia boards around the bowl of the dome. These displays were designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics out of Brookings, South Dakota. The renovations also added new premium areas (Bud Light Zone and Clarkson Jewelers Club). Some of the paint work in the dome was lightened as well and painted in Rams colors (Blue, Gold, and White). For 2010, the Rams locker room has been re-built and has switched ends (from north endzone to south endzone).
St. Louis Football Ring of Fame Edit
- 7 Bob Waterfield 1945-1952
- 25 Norm Van Brocklin 1949-1957
- 29 Eric Dickerson 1983-1987
- 40 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch 1949-1957
- 55 Tom Fears 1948-1956
- 65 Tom Mack 1966-1978
- 74 Merlin Olsen 1962-1976
- 75 David Deacon Jones 1961-1971
- 78 Jackie Slater 1976-1995
- 80 Isaac Bruce 1994-2007
- 84 Jack Snow 1964-75; Broadcaster
- 85 Jack Youngblood 1971-1984
Former Football Cardinals
- 8 Larry Wilson 1960-1972
- 22 Roger Wehrli 1969-1982
- 72 Dan Dierdorf 1971-1983
- 81 Jackie Smith 1963-1977
Former Team Executives and Coaches
- Head Coach Dick Vermeil 1997-1999
- Owner Carroll Rosenbloom 1972-1979
- Owner Dan Reeves 1941-1971
- Owner Georgia Frontiere 1979-2007
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