- Edward Jones Dome
Edward Jones Dome "The Ed"
Former names Trans World Dome (1995–2001)
Dome at America's Center (2001–2002)
Russell Athletic Field at Edward Jones Dome (December 11, 2006)
Location 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri 63101 Coordinates Coordinates: Broke ground July 13, 1992 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
($403 million in 2011 dollars)
Architect Populous (formerly HOK Sport) Project Manager M.A. Mortenson Company Structural engineer EDM Incorporated General Contractor J.S. Alberici Construction Capacity 66,965 Tenants St. Louis Rams (NFL) (1995–present)
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, 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.
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.
The dome has hosted five NFC playoff games, including the 1999 and 2001 NFC Championship games, both of which the Rams won.
On July 2, 2001, 'N Sync performed at the Dome during their Pop Odyssey Tour.
NCAA College Basketball
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 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 Bowl
Since 1996 the Dome has held the annual Missouri State High School Activities Association football championship games.
Religious conferences and other events
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.
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.
Starting 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
FORMER RAMS No. Player Years Played Year Inducted 7 Bob Waterfield 1945-1952 1999 25 Norm Van Brocklin 1949-1957 1999 28 Marshall Faulk 1999-2006 2011 29 Eric Dickerson 1983-1987 1999 40 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch 1949-1957 1999 48 Les Richter 1954-1962 2011 55 Tom Fears 1948-1956 1999 65 Tom Mack 1966-1978 1999 74 Merlin Olsen 1962-1976 1999 75 David Deacon Jones 1961-1971 1999 78 Jackie Slater 1976-1995 2001 84 Jack Snow 1964-1975, Broadcaster 2006 85 Jack Youngblood 1971-1984 2001 FORMER CARDINALS No. Player Years Played Year Inducted 8 Larry Wilson 1960-1972 1999 22 Roger Wehrli 1969-1982 2007 72 Dan Dierdorf 1971-1983 1999 81 Jackie Smith 1963-1977 1999 COACHES AND EXECUTIVES Name Years Year Inducted Head Coach Dick Vermeil 1997-1999 2008 Owner Dan Reeves 1941-1971 2008 Owner Carroll Rosenbloom 1972-1979 2008 Owner Georgia Frontiere 1979-2007 2008 St. Louis Football Ring Of Fame
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