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Edward Jones Dome
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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 38°37′58″N 90°11′19″W / 38.63278°N 90.18861°W / 38.63278; -90.18861Coordinates: 38°37′58″N 90°11′19″W / 38.63278°N 90.18861°W / 38.63278; -90.18861
Opened November 12, 1995
Owner St. Louis Regional Sports Authority
Operator St. Louis Convention/Visitors Bureau
Surface FieldTurf (2005-present)
AstroTurf (1995-2004)
Construction cost $280 million
Architect Populous (formerly HOK Sport)
Capacity 66,965
Tenants
St. Louis Rams (NFL) (1995-present)
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.

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Naming rights

From its opening the dome was known as the Trans World Airlines Dome, after Trans World Airlines, until 2001, when TWA was acquired by American Airlines (American already has its name on two NBA venues in Dallas and Miami). The facility was then briefly 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.

Notable events

Street side

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 five games (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009).

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

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.

The dome became the site of the biggest indoor gathering in United States history in 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.

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.

2005 NCAA Basketball National Semifinal, North Carolina vs. Michigan State

In April 2005, the Edward Jones Dome hosted the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Final Four where the University of Louisville, the University of Illinois, Michigan State University, and the University of North Carolina faced off, with UNC winning the National Championship game against the University of Illinois. It also hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional for the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where the University of Florida defeated Butler University en route to winning its second consecutive championship, and the University of Oregon defeated University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It hosted the same event in 2004, and will do so again in 2010.

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).

Renovations

Interior view

Starting for the 2010 season, The Edward Jones Dome will receive a new permanet turf surface. The surface manufactured by AstroTurf®, will be AstroTurf®’s innovative 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 screens (one large in north endzone and one smaller in south endzone), LED Facia boards around the bowl of the dome, and new premium areas (Bud Light Zone and Clarkson Jewlers Club). Some of the paint work in the dome was lightened as well and painted in Rams colors (Blue, Gold, and White). For 2010, it is reported the Rams locker rooms will be renovated and switch ends (from north endzone to south endzone).

St. Louis Football Ring of Fame

Former St.Louis football Cardinals and former Rams football players are included in the Ring Of Fame in the Edward Jones Dome. All players are Hall of Famers, but there are a few exceptions for team executives and coaches.

Former Rams

Former Football Cardinals

Former Team Executives and Coaches

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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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