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Edward Jones Dome
"The Ed"
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Location 701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, Missouri 63101
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Broke ground July 13, 1992[1]
Opened November 12, 1995
Owner St. Louis Regional Sports Authority
Operator St. Louis Convention/Visitors Bureau
Surface AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D (2010–present)
FieldTurf (2005–2010)
AstroTurf (1995–2004)
Construction cost $280 million
($403 million in 2019 dollars[2])
Architect Populous (formerly HOK Sport)
Project Manager M.A. Mortenson Company[3]
Structural engineer EDM Incorporated[4]
General Contractor J.S. Alberici Construction
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–present)
FIRST Robotics World Championship (2011-2013)
NCAA Final Four (2005)
Capacity 66,965
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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, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. 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.

Naming rightsEdit

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 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.

Playoff FootballEdit

The dome has hosted five NFC playoff games, including the 1999 and 2001 NFC Championship games, both of which the Rams won.

ConcertsEdit

On November 8, 1997, U2 performed at the Dome during their PopMart Tour.

On December 12, 1997, The Rolling Stones recorded a memorable show from their Bridges To Babylon Tour. The show was later released on VHS/DVD.

On July 2, 2001, 'N Sync performed at the Dome during their Pop Odyssey Tour.

Metallica's 2003 Summer Sanitarium Tour made a stop at The Edward Jones Dome on July 25, 2003. The tour featured headliner Metallica, with bands Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Deftones and Mudvayne.

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.

College FootballEdit

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 University of Illinois and the University of Missouri, 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.

Since the year 2009, the Edward Jones Dome has been the host of the International Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ. Every year in November, the members of the COGIC meet in the Edward Jones Dome for the official Sunday morning service of their Holy Convocation.

The Edward Jones Dome at Americas Center hosted the 85th annual General Conference of The United Pentecostal Church International on September 30 - October 4, 2009.

Starting in 2006, Edward Jones Dome has become the home of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Urbana missions conference which takes place every 3 years. The event had outgrown its former home on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Illinois (about 17,000 attendees in 2009).

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.

The Edward Jones Dome also hosts a round of the AMA Supercross Championship.

RenovationsEdit

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Interior view prior to 2010 renovations

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For the 2010 season, The Edward Jones Dome received 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. 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). In 2010, the Rams locker room was re-built and switched ends (from north endzone to south endzone). For 2011, New HD monitors are being installed throughout the dome in place of the older screens at concession stands and other areas.

St. Louis Football Ring of Fame Edit

Script error Former St.Louis football Cardinals and former Rams football players are included in the Ring Of Fame in the Edward Jones Dome.

FORMER RAMS
No. Player Years Played Year Inducted
7 Bob Waterfield1945–19521999
25 Norm Van Brocklin1949–19571999
28 Marshall Faulk1999–20062011
29 Eric Dickerson1983–19871999
40 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch1949–19571999
48Les Richter1954–19622011
55 Tom Fears1948–19561999
65 Tom Mack1966–19781999
74 Merlin Olsen1962–19761999
75 David Deacon Jones 1961–19711999
78 Jackie Slater 1976–19952001
84 Jack Snow1964–1975, Broadcaster2006
85 Jack Youngblood1971–19842001
FORMER CARDINALS
No. Player Years Played Year Inducted
8 Larry Wilson 1960–19721999
22 Roger Wehrli 1969–19822007
72 Dan Dierdorf1971–19831999
81 Jackie Smith1963–19771999
COACHES AND EXECUTIVES
Name Years Year Inducted
Head Coach Dick Vermeil1997–19992008
Owner Dan Reeves1941–19712008
Owner Carroll Rosenbloom1972–19792008
Owner Georgia Frontiere1979–20072008

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Busch Stadium
Home of the
St. Louis Rams

November 12, 1995 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Alamodome
NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Finals Venue

2005
Succeeded by
RCA Dome
Preceded by

first site
Alamodome
Host of the
Big 12 Championship Game

1996
1998
Succeeded by

Alamodome
Alamodome
Preceded by
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Giants Stadium
Host of NFC Championship Game
2000
2002
Succeeded by
Giants Stadium
Veterans Stadium
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