Edward Jones Dome

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Edward Jones Dome
"The TWA Dome"
"Dome at America's Center"
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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, United States 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
Public transit Metrolink: Convention Center
Owner St. Louis Regional Sports Authority
Operator St. Louis Convention/Visitors Bureau
Executive suites 120
Capacity 66,000
Surface AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D (2010–present)
FieldTurf (2005–2010)
AstroTurf (1995–2004)
Construction
Broke ground July 13, 1992; 22 years ago (July 13, 1992)[1]
Opened November 12, 1995; 19 years ago (November 12, 1995)
Construction cost $280 million
($433 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect HOK Sport (now Populous)
Kennedy Associates/Architects, Inc.[3]
Project manager J.S. Alberici Construction
Structural engineer EDM Incorporated[4]
Services engineer Design Consulting Engineering Inc.[5]
General contractor M.A. Mortenson Company[6]
Tenants
St. Louis Rams (NFL) (1995–present)
FIRST Robotics World Championship (2011–2017)
COGIC International Holy Convocation (2009-present)
Street side
2005 NCAA Basketball National Semifinal, North Carolina vs. Michigan State

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 with 120 suites, a private club seat and luxury suite level with 6,400 club seats, a concourse level (lower bowl) and terrace level (upper bowl).[7] The dome was completed in 1995.

The dome is part of the America's Center convention center. The convention portion has a much bigger footprint adjoins to the west of the Dome, 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 rights[edit]

During its planning and construction, the dome was known as the Dome at America's Center. Trans World Airlines, a St. Louis-based air carrier, purchased naming rights in 1995 and held them until 2001, when TWA was acquired by American Airlines (American already has its name on two NBA/NHL venues in Dallas and Miami). During this time, the dome was known as the Trans World Dome.

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.

Notable events[edit]

NFL playoff football[edit]

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

Concerts[edit]

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.

On August 27, 2014, One Direction performed at the dome on a one night stop on their Where We Are Tour (One Direction) to St.Louis.

Professional soccer[edit]

The dome hosted a soccer match on August 10, 2013, when Real Madrid and Internazionale played a friendly game in front of 54,184 fans, a record attendance for a soccer match in St. Louis.[8]

College basketball[edit]

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 four times. 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. In 2012, North Carolina beat Ohio University and Kansas defeated NC State University. In the regional final, KU defeated UNC to advance to the Final Four.

College football[edit]

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[edit]

Since 1996, the Dome has held the annual Missouri State High School Activities Association football championship games. The Show-Me Bowl had previously been contested at Faurot Field in Columbia, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City and Busch Memorial Stadium.

Religious conferences[edit]

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.

Since 2006, Edward Jones Dome has been home to 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).

Other events[edit]

From 2011 through at least 2017, the Dome will host the World Championship of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Over 400 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.

The Edward Jones Dome also host a Monster Jam events every year as well as a round of the Stadium Super Truck series. [9]

The Edward Jones Dome will also host Nerium International's Spring Conference in April 2014. This home business in under two years has outgrown every major hotel capacity in the country and now must turn to larger venues such as the EJD. The last conference held in July 2013 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center had over 10,000 present. With the Bravo Growth Award from DSN of 3900% growth, Nerium is anticipating 20,000 present in St. Louis.

The Edward Jones Dome has hosted the Music for All Bands of America St. Louis Super-Regional championships every October annually since 1997.

Renovations[edit]

Interior view prior to 2010 renovations
Interior view after 2010 renovations
Interior view after 2010 renovations
Interior view after 2010 renovations

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 were installed throughout the dome in place of the older screens at concession stands and other areas.

Future[edit]

Under the terms of the lease that the Rams signed, the Edward Jones Dome is required to be ranked in the top tier of NFL stadiums through the 2015 season. If it is not, the Rams are free to break the lease and either relocate without penalty or continue to lease the dome on a year to year basis.[10]

In May 2012 the Dome was ranked by Time Magazine as the #7th worst major sports stadium in the United States.[11] In 2008 St. Louis fans ranked it in a Sports Illustrated poll the worst of any NFL stadium with particularly low marks for tailgating, affordability and atmosphere.[12]

The Convention and Visitor Center and the Rams negotiated throughout 2012 and agreed to go into arbitration in 2013 if a deal was not worked out in which 3 arbitrators mutually agreed on from the American Arbitration Association to arbitrate the case in 2013.[13]

In January 2012, the CVC proposed $48 million in improvements including a new 947 vehicle garage all funded publicly with the Rams keeping the garage game day revenue.[13]

After the Rams rejected the $48 million deal the CVC proposed $124 million in renovations including a new 3-story structure on Baer Plaza on the east side facing the Mississippi River for a main entrance as well as new suites. The Rams would have picked up $64 million of that project.[13]

The Rams countered with a $700 million proposal that called for much of the stadium to be rebuilt including a sliding roof panel and a new four sided center scoreboard. No details on how to pay for the renovations were made.[13]

The sides did not hammer out an agreement in 2012 and the matter went into arbitration hearings in January 2013. Officials note that even if the arbitrators decide on implementing a more expensive plan and the CVC was unable to fund it the Rams could still be able to break the lease.[14]

With no agreement there has been considerable speculation on the future of the Rams and the stadium with some [15] suggesting the Rams might return to Los Angeles.

There has also been speculation[by whom?] that a whole new stadium could be built in the St. Louis suburbs possibly at either the intersection of Missouri Route 141 and the Missouri River in Maryland Heights, Missouri or on the site of the demolished Chrysler Saint Louis Assembly plant in Fenton, Missouri. Officials[who?] note that the Rams do not own the parking at the Edward Jones Dome. Further revenue from tailgating flows to private parking areas around the Dome. They[who?] also note that Rams owner Stan Kroenke owns the venues for his other teams including the Pepsi Center in Denver for the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche as well as the Emirates Stadium for the Arsenal F.C..[14]

Bonds for construction of the Dome are still being paid through 2021 with Missouri paying $12 million/year and St. Louis City and St. Louis County paying $6 million/year each.[16]

On February 1, 2013, the arbitrators ruled in favor of the Rams' $700 million proposal to tear down half the Dome and replace it as the only way to bring the Dome up to first tier status. Various city and county officials said it was unlikely the public funding would be found for such a project. Officials noted the Rams are contractually obligated to play in the Dome until March 15, 2015 and there is no "buy out" provision to permit the Rams to move before then. City and county officials have said they are considering all options including construction of a new stadium elsewhere in the St. Louis area. Rams officials have indicated their preference to stay in St. Louis.[17]

The St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority in February 2013 hired Goldman Sachs "to keep the Rams in the Dome, or, if that’s not possible, to maintain a National League Football team in St. Louis." An attorney for St. Louis noted that Goldman had "financed or advised on the financing of every NFL stadium recently built."[18] In April 2013, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that the Securities and Exchange Commission as it notes new Dodd-Frank rules restrict firms from offering financial advice to municipalities where it also underwrites its municipal bond transactions.[19]

On July 2, 2013, the CVC announced that they were rejecting the Rams' renovation proposal.[20] Missouri governor Jay Nixon has been negotiating with owner Stan Kroenke since the decision has been made.[21] If nothing is resolved the earliest the Rams could break the lease on the Edward Jones Dome would be following the 2014 season.

On January 31, 2014, both the Los Angeles Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Stan Kroenke purchased approximately 60 acres of land adjacent to the Forum in Inglewood, California. It would be, by the most conservative estimates, sufficient land on which a NFL-proper stadium may be constructed. The purchase price was rumored to have been between $90 million - $100 million. Commissioner Roger Goodell represented that Mr. Kroenke informed the league of the purchase. As an NFL owner, any purchase of land in which a potential stadium could be built must be disclosed to the league. This development has further fueled rumors that the Rams intend to return its management and football operations to southern California. The land was initially targeted for a Walmart Supercenter but Walmart could not get the necessary permits to build it. Kroenke is married to Ann Walton Kroenke who is a member of the Walton family and many of Kroenke's real estate deals have involved Walmart properties.[22][23]

St. Louis Football Ring of Fame[edit]

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 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 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark S., Rosentraub (1999). Major League Losers: The Real Cost Of Sports And Who's Paying For It. New York: Basic Books. p. 220. ISBN 0-465-07143-0. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Edward Jones Dome - KAI Design/Build
  4. ^ EDWARD JONES DOME - Edm Inc
  5. ^ DCE Inc - Educational/Recreational
  6. ^ Mortenson Construction - Edward Jones Dome
  7. ^ Edward Jones Dome: Seating
  8. ^ Sports Illustrated, Real Madrid dominates Inter to close American tour, August 10, 2013, http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20130810/real-madrid-inter.ap/?sct=sc_t2_a4
  9. ^ "Schedule". Stadium Super Trucks. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Edward Jones Dome listed as one of 10 worst stadiums". KTRS (St. Louis). May 11, 2012. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Carbone, Nick (May 10, 2012). "7. Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis | Top 10 Worst Stadiums in the U.S.". Time. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ "NFL Stadium Rankings". Sports Illustrated. 2008. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d Hathaway, Matthew (June 15, 2012). "CVC Enters Arbitration With Rams; Deadline is Dec. 31". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Hunn, David (July 23, 2012). "A New Stadium for the St. Louis Rams?". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.thescore.com/nfl/news/613806
  16. ^ Rathbone, Michael (February 2, 2012). "Dough for the Dome". Show-Me Daily. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  17. ^ Hunn, David (May 14, 2012). "Will Rams Leave St. Louis? 'Take a Deep Breath,' Official Says". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  18. ^ Hunn, David (February 11, 2013). "St. Louis Agency Hires Goldman Sachs to Keep Rams in Dome". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Regulators Scrutinizing Dome Deal, Report Says". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ Associated Press (July 5, 2013). "Edward Jones Dome Won't Get $700M in Upgrades". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20131214/is-la-the-place-for-the-nfl-its-hard-to-tell
  22. ^ http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nfl/story/_/id/10380150/st-louis-rams-owner-stan-kroenke-buys-60-acres-land-los-angeles
  23. ^ http://www.ksdk.com/story/sports/nfl/rams/2014/01/30/stan-kroenke-plot-of-land-california-st-louis-rams/5069985/

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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
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Giants Stadium
Host of NFC Championship Game
2000
2002
Succeeded by
Giants Stadium
Veterans Stadium
Preceded by
Georgia Dome
Host of FIRST Robotics World Championship
2011-2017
Succeeded by
TBD