Previously known as the Trans World Dome, the Edward Jones Dome is the home facility of the St. Louis Rams. In addition, this site is used for concerts, events, and other kinds of sporting events. With seating for nearly 70,000, this dome is one of the most popular event locations in Missouri.
The Edward Jones Dome is fully enclosed, so during a football game the field is comprised of artificial grass, known as FieldTurf. It was made of AstroTurf until 2004. The dome was officially opened on November 12, 1995 with a game between the St. Louis Rams and the Carolina Panthers, and the construction cost $280 million to complete. As part of the America's Center complex, the dome hosts several events every year, and some of the past events help at the dome include Big 12 Conference Championships, The NCAA Men's Basketball Regionals, The AMA Supercross, and the 2005 NCAA Men's Final Four tournament. One of the most unique events held at the Edward Jones Dome was a mass by Pope John Paul II, which was attended by over 102,000 people.
The roof of the dome is fixed (i.e., non-retractable) and the floor covers over 100,000 square feet. During a football game, there are 67,000 available seats, which include upper and lower levels, club seats, and luxury suites. There are press boxes for the media, with space for up to 150 people in the main press box and smaller boxes or booths for other members of the media. The dome also has chairs that can be set up on the floor for events where a smaller space is needed for the event. There are also 13 conference rooms in the dome, which can accommodate from 50 to 1000 people each, so there is plenty of space for any event. The dome was specifically designed to be accommodating for many events, even though it was mainly built to house Rams home games.
The suites available at the Edwards Jones Dome give fans exclusive access to the Rams Club restaurant, as well as the first option for tickets to all public events at the dome. The club level is 43,000 square feet, making it the largest in the country, and across all 120 suites there are over 2,700 seats available for fans. Alone with the Rams Club, there are a number of other concession stands that are open before and during games for fans who need food.
The dome has five locker rooms for players, and the fans can follow the game by watching the two large video replay and score boards. Each of these boards is 20 feet by 26 feet, so you can see what's going on no matter where you sit. There are over 36,000 off-street public parking spaces within a short walk from the dome, and this location is great for travelers since the St. Louis airport is less than 15 miles away and easily accessible on the public transport routes. Tours and more information about the Edward Jones Dome, tickets, or the city are available by calling 314-342-5201.