The Dome at America’s Center, more simply referred to as The Dome, is a multi-purpose stadium located in St. Louis, Missouri. Most often, The Dome is used for American football games. From 1995 to 2015, The Dome was primarily used as the home of the St. Louis Rams before they relocated to Los Angeles in 2016.
The Dome at America’s Center, which opened in 1995, seats up to 70,000 people. It is also part of America’s Center convention center. From 1995 to 2001, it was known as the Trans World Dome. From 2002 to 2016, it was known as the Edward Jones Dome.
Aside from football games, The Dome at America’s Center is also used for professional soccer, college basketball, college football, religious conferences, and other events.
Renovations to The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Missouri
The Dome at America’s Center has gone through many renovations since its opening in 1995 to keep the facility in great condition for use. In 2009, The Dome went through a $30 million renovation which replaced the scoreboards with LED video displays and LED fascia boards. The costly renovation also brought about the building of new premium areas and paintwork. The following year in 2010, renovations were made to the locker rooms. In 2011, more technological innovations were made to make many aspects of The Dome more digital.
The Loss of the Rams
Signing a lease with The Dome at America’s Center in 1995, the Rams remained at the stadium happily for more than a decade. Around 2010, however, issues began to arise. The lease stated that The Dome must be ranked in the top quartile of NFL stadiums through 2015. This meant that The Dome has to include the proper fan amenities and amenities common to other NFL stadiums ranking at the top. If The Dome did not meet this requirement, the Rams were free to break the lease and relocate elsewhere. Under this break of contract, the Rams could also decide to lease the Dome every year instead of a long-term contract.
Despite renovations, The Dome at America’s Center could not rank in the top quartile of NFL stadiums. In fact, The Dome ended up on some worst stadium lists, most notably by Time Magazine. On January 4, 2016, the Rams officially filed their request to leave St. Louis. Instead, they would relocate to the west coast in Los Angeles for the upcoming NFL season.
Though no longer home of the Rams, The Dome at America’s Center continues to host events regularly; from 2011 to 2017, the Dome hosted the World Championship of the First Robotics competition, where 600 teams from all over the world were brought together to compete in April. The Dome at America’s Center also hosted the Gateway Dirt Nationals, The Music for All Bands of America St. Louis Super-Regional championships, and an AMA Supercross Championship round since 1996, as well as regular Monster Jams and Stadium Truck Series. However, The Dome at America’s Center is currently not the permanent home of any team or organization.