The Dome at America's Center

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The Dome at America's Center
The Dome
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The Dome in 2006
Former names Trans World Dome (1995–2001)
Edward Jones Dome (2002–2016)
Location701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis Missouri, United States 63101
Coordinates 38°37′58″N90°11′19″W / 38.63278°N 90.18861°W / 38.63278; -90.18861 Coordinates: 38°37′58″N90°11′19″W / 38.63278°N 90.18861°W / 38.63278; -90.18861
Public transit Metrolink: Convention Center
OwnerSt. Louis Regional Sports Authority
OperatorSt. Louis Convention/Visitors Bureau
Executive suites120
Capacity Full Stadium: 67,277 (Such as for NFL Games)
Half Stadium: 40,000 (Such as for Basketball Games) [1]
Surface AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D (2010–present)
FieldTurf (2005–2010)
AstroTurf (1995–2004)
Construction
Broke groundJuly 13, 1992;27 years ago (July 13, 1992) [2]
OpenedNovember 12, 1995;23 years ago (November 12, 1995)
Renovated2010
Construction costUS$280 million
($460 million in 2018 dollars [3] )
Architect HOK Sport (now Populous)
Kennedy Associates/Architects, Inc. [4]
Project managerJ.S. Alberici Construction
Structural engineerEDM Incorporated [5]
Services engineerDesign Consulting Engineering Inc. [6]
General contractorM.A. Mortenson Company [7]
Tenants
St. Louis Rams (NFL) (1995–2015)
St. Louis BattleHawks (XFL) (2020–present)
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Street side in 2007
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2005 NCAA Basketball National Semifinal, North Carolina vs. Michigan State
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Logo as Edward Jones Dome, 2002–2016

The Dome at America's Center, known locally throughout its existence simply as "The Dome", is a multi-purpose stadium used for concerts, major conventions, and sporting events in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, United States. The stadium, previously known as the Trans World Dome from 1995 to 2001, and then as the Edward Jones Dome from 2002 to 2016, was constructed largely to lure an NFL team back to St. Louis and to serve as a convention space.

Multi-purpose stadium type of stadium

Multi-purpose stadiums are a type of stadium designed to be easily used by multiple types of events. While any stadium could potentially host more than one type of sport or event, this concept usually refers to a specific design philosophy that stresses multifunctionality over specificity. It is used most commonly in Canada and the United States, where the two most popular outdoor team sports – football and baseball – require radically different facilities. Football uses a rectangular field, while baseball is played on a diamond and large outfield. This requires a particular design to accommodate both, usually an oval. While building stadiums in this way means that sports teams and governments can share costs, it also imposes some challenges.

St. Louis independent city in Missouri, United States

St. Louis is a major independent city and inland port in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is situated along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which marks Missouri's border with Illinois. The Missouri River merges with the Mississippi River just north of the city, forming the fourth-longest river system in the world. The city had an estimated 2018 population of 302,838 and is the cultural and economic center of the St. Louis metropolitan area, which is the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, and the 20th-largest in the United States.

Missouri U.S. state in the United States

Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. With over six million residents, it is the 18th-most populous state of the Union. The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City. The state is the 21st-most extensive in area. Missouri is bordered by eight states : Iowa to the north, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee to the east, Arkansas to the south and Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska to the west. In the South are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber, minerals and recreation. The Missouri River, after which the state is named, flows through the center of the state into the Mississippi River, which makes up Missouri's eastern border.

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The Dome received its initial main tenant with the arrival of the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams, who relocated to St. Louis for the 1995 NFL season. The Rams spent the next twenty-one seasons in the Dome, departing after the 2015 NFL season to return to Los Angeles. Beginning in Spring 2020 the Dome will serve as the home stadium for St. Louis' XFL football team.

National Football League Professional American football league

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held on the first Sunday in February and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

Los Angeles Rams National Football League franchise in Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team based in Los Angeles, California. The Rams compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The club has won three NFL championships, and is the only one to win championships representing three cities. The Rams play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, until the completion of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood in 2020.

The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded to 30 teams with the addition of the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The two expansion teams were slotted into the two remaining divisions that previously had only four teams : the AFC Central (Jaguars) and the NFC West (Panthers).

The Dome provides multiple stadium configurations that can seat up to 82,624 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) with 28,352 seats, and a terrace level (upper bowl) with 29,400. [8]

The Dome is part of the America's Center convention center. The convention portion has a much bigger footprint and adjoins to the west of the Dome, Cole Street to the north, Broadway to the east, and Convention Plaza to the south. The stadium is serviced by the Convention Center MetroLink rail station.

Americas Center convention center in St. Louis

America's Center is a convention center located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, and is situated next to the Dome at America's Center, the former home of the National Football League's St. Louis Rams. The venue opened in 1977 as the Cervantes Convention Center, and has held major events over the years, including the Working Women's Survival Show, the All-Canada Show, the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, the St. Louis Boat and Sports Show, and the triennial Urbana Christian missions conference. America's Center and the Dome often combine to hold major events, among them Urbana.

MetroLink (St. Louis) light rail system in St. Louis, Missouri and the surrounding area

MetroLink (METRO) is the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan mass transit system serving Missouri and the Metro East area of Illinois. The system consists of two lines connecting Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Shrewsbury, Missouri with Scott Air Force Base near Shiloh, Illinois, Washington University, Forest Park, and Downtown St. Louis. The system features 38 stations. As of the first quarter of 2015, it is second only to Minneapolis Metro Transit's Blue and Green lines in the Midwestern United States in terms of ridership, and is the 11th-largest light rail system in the country.

Naming rights

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.

Trans World Airlines 1930-2001 airline in the United States

Trans World Airlines (TWA) was a major American airline that existed from 1930 until 2001. It was formed as Transcontinental & Western Air to operate a route from New York City to Los Angeles via St. Louis, Kansas City, and other stops, with Ford Trimotors. With American, United, and Eastern, it was one of the "Big Four" domestic airlines in the United States formed by the Spoils Conference of 1930.

American Airlines, Inc. (AA) is a major American airline headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, within the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. It is the world's largest airline when measured by fleet size, revenue, scheduled passengers carried, scheduled passenger-kilometers flown, and number of destinations served. American, together with its regional partners, operates an extensive international and domestic network with almost 6,800 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American Airlines is a founding member of Oneworld alliance, the third largest airline alliance in the world. Regional service is operated by independent and subsidiary carriers under the brand name American Eagle.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America, composed of 30 teams. It is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.

The facility then briefly reverted to the Dome at America's Center until the naming rights were acquired on January 25, 2002 by Edward Jones Investments, a financial services firm based in St. Louis.

Naming rights Financial transaction and form of advertising whereby a corporation or other entity purchases the right to name a facility or event, typically for a defined period of time

Naming rights are a financial transaction and form of advertising whereby a corporation or other entity purchases the right to name a facility or event, typically for a defined period of time. For properties like a multi-purpose arena, performing arts venue or an athletic field, the term ranges from three to 20 years. Longer terms are more common for higher profile venues such as a professional sports facility.

Edward Jones Investments American financial services firm

Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P., since 1995 simplified as Edward Jones, is a financial services firm headquartered in St Louis, Missouri, United States. It serves investment clients in the U.S. and Canada, through its branch network of more than 14,000 locations. The company currently has relationships with nearly 7 million clients and $1 trillion in assets under management worldwide. The firm focuses solely on individual investors and small-business owners. Edward Jones is a subsidiary of The Jones Financial Companies, L.L.L.P., a limited liability limited partnership owned only by its employees and retired employees and is not publicly traded. Edward Jones appointed Penny Pennington as managing partner, effective January 2019, making her the firm's sixth managing partner and the only woman to lead a major U.S. brokerage firm.

As part of a deal to sell the naming rights to Rams Park (dubbed at the time 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.

After the St. Louis Rams relocated to Los Angeles in 2016, Edward Jones exercised its right to terminate its sponsorship, and that the facility would once again be known as The Dome at America's Center. [9] [10]

Notable events

NFL playoff football

Although The Dome never hosted any Super Bowls, they did however host five NFC playoff games, including the 1999 and 2001 NFC Championship Games, both of which the Rams won. The previous franchise, the St. Louis Cardinals, never hosted a playoff game in their history with the city (1960–1987); all of the playoff games they played came on the road.

XFL

On November 27, 2018, sources confirmed plans by the XFL to place one of their 8 teams in St. Louis, whose 5 home games would be played in the Dome during the league's inaugural season in 2020. [11] This would mark the first time professional football has been played in St. Louis since the loss of the Rams. Officials at the Dome also confirmed they had previously been in talks with the Alliance of American Football, but had to turn down hosting a team due to scheduling conflicts in spring of 2019. A busy season for the Dome, including hosting a Boat Show, a Monster Jam event, a Garth Brooks concert, and a Supercross event, meant that the Dome did not have five open weekends to host football games. This left an opening for the XFL to fill, which will not begin play until spring 2020.

On December 5, 2018 at a press conference at Metlife Stadium, Oliver Luck, the CEO and Commissioner of the XFL (2020), announced that St. Louis has been awarded a team. The XFL will begin play in spring 2020. The XFL is a professional American football league owned by Vince McMahon's Alpha Entertainment. [12] The Dome is the only XFL venue with a roof. Along with CenturyLink Field, it is the only XFL venue in a downtown city center.

On December 10, 2018, news outlets released the agreement between the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission. [13] The XFL will pay a $300,000 deposit and $100,000 for every game played in the Dome. The XFL will receive 100% of ticket revenue, and the CVC will receive 100% of concessions and catering revenue. This contract was signed for 3 seasons.

Concerts

DateArtistOpening act(s)Tour / Concert nameAttendanceRevenueNotes
November 8, 1997 U2 Third Eye Blind PopMart Tour 24,807 / 50,000$1,282,160
December 12, 1997 Rolling Stones Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Dave Matthews
Taj Mahal
Joshua Redman
Bridges To Babylon Tour 46,474 / 46,474$2,538,881The show was broadcast live on Pay-Per-View and was later released in edited form on VHS/DVD.
March 7, 2000 Backstreet Boys Jungle Brothers
Willa
Into the Millennium Tour 65,201 / 65,201$2,907,413
July 2, 2001 *NSYNC Lil' Romeo Pop Odyssey Tour 31,790 / 48,808$1,708,437
July 25, 2003 Metallica Limp Bizkit
Linkin Park
Deftones
Mudvayne
Summer Sanitarium Tour
August 27, 2014 One Direction Jamie Scott Where We Are Tour 52,315 / 52,315$4,281,608
September 10, 2016 Beyoncé Vic Mensa The Formation World Tour 38,256 / 38,256$3,953,445"Single Ladies" had a proposal
July 27, 2017 Guns N' Roses Deftones Not in This Lifetime... Tour 36,382 / 41,158$3,533,972
September 18, 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 47,831 / 47,831$4,884,054
March 9, 2019 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour Attendance 75,000+(Record)Announced 11/1/18

Professional soccer

The Dome hosted a soccer friendly match on October 13, 2007 when the United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) played Mexico women's national football team. The United States won 5-1. Attendance for the match was 10,861.

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. [14]

College basketball

In April 2005, the Edward Jones Dome hosted the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's 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 had 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

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 match ups 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

The Dome held the annual Missouri State High School Activities Association football championship games from 1996–2015. The Show-Me Bowl had previously been contested at Faurot Field in Columbia, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield and Busch Memorial Stadium. MSHSAA had chosen to move to the Dome mostly because it was an indoor facility, as the football championships occurred in December. With the Rams' departure and anticipated end of football at the facility, the MSHSAA voted to return to rotating hosts, with Springfield getting the 2016 championship and Columbia in 2017.

Legends of the Dome game

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, the Isaac Bruce Foundation hosted a charity flag football game to raise money for the Isaac Bruce Foundation and relive great memories from the Rams' time in St. Louis. Many members of the Greatest Show on Turf including Kurt Warner, Dick Vermeil, Mike Martz, Torry Holt, Ricky Proehl, Az Hakim, Marc Bulger, Orlando Pace, Aeneas Williams, and many others were among the players and coaches involved. At halftime, 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame and longtime Rams All-Pro left tackle Orlando Pace was honored. Retired Navy Petty Officer Generald Wilson performed the National Anthem. The former "Voice of the Rams" Steve Savard called the game live on 101 ESPN radio in St. Louis. 10,600 fans were on hand for the game.

Religious conferences

Currently, the building hosts the annual Joyce Meyer Ministries Love Life Women's Conference, attended by 10,000 to 20,000 women each year. The building also host the Church of God in Christ's annual Holy Convocation. Other major religious conventions/conferences include:

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Other events

Renovations

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Interior view prior to 2010 renovations
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Interior view after 2010 renovations shown during a game
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Interior view after 2010 renovations

The Dome received a $30 million renovation in 2009, which replaced the scoreboards with LED video displays (one large in north end zone and one smaller in south end zone) and LED fascia boards around the bowl of the Dome. [20] 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 the north end zone to the south end zone. For 2011, new HD monitors were installed throughout the Dome in place of the older screens at concession stands and other areas. Before the 2010 season, the Dome also received a new permanent turf surface. The surface, manufactured by AstroTurf, was 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 to 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 to 2009.

The loss of the Rams (2012–2016)

The Dome's primary problem throughout the years centered on a lease signed by the Rams when they came to St. Louis in 1995. For the first decade, the Dome was considered a fine facility, but eventually the Rams and city leaders became concerned with the Dome's long-term viability.

The lease and poor rankings

Under the terms of the lease that the Rams signed in 1995, the Dome was required to be ranked in the top quartile of NFL stadiums through 2015, measured at 10 year intervals. This meant the Dome had to have the proper fan amenities and other features found in modern NFL stadiums. If the building was not ranked in the top quartile, the Rams were free to break the lease and either relocate without penalty or continue to lease the Dome on a year-to-year basis. [21] [22] [23]

Not helping matters was the Dome's poor reception with NFL fans and the general public as the years went by. Even after the 2010 renovations many websites ranking the 31 NFL stadiums listed the Dome near the bottom of their respective rankings. [24] [25] In 2008, for a Sports Illustrated poll, St. Louis fans ranked it the worst out of any NFL stadium at the time with particularly low marks for tailgating, affordability and atmosphere. Time magazine in May 2012 ranked the Dome as the 7th worst major sports stadium in the United States. [26] [27]

In 2005, the rankings indicated that the dome was no longer in the top quartile as mandated by the lease, which gave the Rams the right to begin the process of breaking the lease, or reverting to a year-to-year. The Rams, wishing to afford St. Louis ample opportunity to meet the quartile requirement, instead agreed to waive this right for the 2005 checkpoint in return for $30 million of renovations and improvements. However, both the Rams and city leaders realized at this time that long-term, the Dome needed a major overhaul or St. Louis would again risk losing the Rams after 2015.

Negotiations

With the 2015 deadline looming, the Convention and Visitor Center (the stadium's operator) and the Rams negotiated throughout 2012 on the renovations and agreed to go into arbitration in 2013 if a deal was not worked out in which three arbitrators mutually agreed on from the American Arbitration Association to arbitrate the case in 2013. [28]

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. [28] After the Rams rejected the $48 million deal the CVC next proposed $124 million in renovations including a new three-story structure on Baer Plaza on the east side facing the Mississippi River for a main entrance as well as new suites. This proposal had the Rams picking up $64 million of that project, the CVC citing an approximate percentage of what other NFL teams had chipped in for on similar renovations. [28] 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, the Rams asserting that this would satisfy the "first tier" top quartile requirement relative to the current NFL stadium landscape. No details on how to pay for the renovations were made. [28] The sides did not hammer out an agreement in 2012 and the matter went into arbitration hearings in January 2013. Officials noted that even if the arbitrators decide on implementing a more expensive plan and the CVC was unable to fund it the Rams would still be able to break the lease. [29]

With no agreement between both sides in 2013 there was considerable speculation on the future of both the Rams and the stadium with some [30] suggesting the Rams could return to Los Angeles. Further pressure for St. Louis to resolve the issue was that bonds for construction of the Dome were still being paid and will continue to be paid through 2021. Missouri will pay $12 million/year and the City and County of St. Louis will pay $6 million/year each. [31]

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 among the options presented to bring the Dome up to first tier status. Various city and county officials said it was unlikely that public funding would be found for such a project. Officials noted that the Rams were contractually obligated to play in the Dome until March 15, 2015, and there was no "buy out" provision to permit the Rams to move before then. City and county officials said they were considering all options including construction of a new stadium elsewhere in the St. Louis area. Rams officials, meanwhile, indicated their preference to stay in St. Louis. [32]

The St. Louis Regional Convention (the stadium's owner) and Sports Complex Authority hired Goldman Sachs in February 2013 "to keep the Rams in the Dome, or, if that's not possible, to maintain a National Football League 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." [33] In April 2013, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that the arrangement was being scrutinized by the Securities and Exchange Commission as new Dodd-Frank rules restrict firms from offering financial advice to municipalities where it also underwrites its municipal bond transactions. [34] Eventually the hiring fell through and nothing resulted from it.

On July 2, 2013, the CVC announced that they were rejecting the Rams' renovation proposal. [35] Missouri governor Jay Nixon had been negotiating with owner Stan Kroenke since the decision had been made. [36] The earliest the Rams could have broken the lease on the Dome would've been following the 2014 season, but they chose not to do so in 2014.

Inglewood purchase

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. Commissioner Roger Goodell represented that Mr. Kroenke informed the league of the purchase. Kroenke subsequently announced plans to build an NFL stadium on the site, in connection with the owners of the adjacent 238-acre Hollywood Park site, Stockbridge Capital Group. [37] This development further fueled rumors that the Rams intended 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. On January 5, 2015, The Los Angeles Times reported that Stan Kroenke and Stockbridge Capital Group were partnering up in developing a new NFL stadium on the Inglewood property owned by Kroenke. The project included a stadium with up to 80,000 seats and a performance venue of up to 6,000 seats while reconfiguring the previously approved Hollywood Park plan for up to 890,000 square feet of retail, 780,000 square feet of office space, 2,500 new residential units, a 300-room hotel and 25 acres of public parks, playgrounds, open space and pedestrian and bicycle access. The stadium would likely be ready by 2019.

In lieu of this St. Louis countered with a stadium plan on the north riverfront area of downtown, known as National Car Rental Field, with the hope of persuading Kroenke to keep the Rams in the city. However, on February 24, 2015, the Inglewood City Council approved the stadium and the initiative with construction planned to begin in December 2015. [38] [39]

This generated further debate between the NFL, St. Louis, and the Rams as to whether the Rams should be allowed to relocate when an "first tier" stadium plan was in process. The NFL and the Rams countered that the stadium plan was developed outside of the agreed-upon lease and "first tier" remediation and arbitration process, and therefore could not be considered a binding factor in preventing the Rams from relocating.[ citation needed ] In addition, the NFL and the Rams expressed concerns over the funding and maintenance of the proposed stadium, which they felt shifted too much of the costs of construction and maintenance to the Rams organization. Ultimately, as the Inglewood stadium would be built without taxpayer subsidy, that effectively sealed the fate of the Rams in St. Louis.[ citation needed ]

The Rams leave St. Louis

The Rams formally filed their request to leave St. Louis for Los Angeles on January 4, 2016. [40] On January 12, the NFL approved the Rams' request for relocation to Los Angeles for the 2016 NFL season. [41] Once the team left, Missouri taxpayers will shoulder the remaining $144 million in debt and maintenance costs on the stadium until the debt is paid off in 2021. [42] [43] Since that point, the Dome has mainly been used for concerts and events overflow from America's Center, including the September 18, 2018 St. Louis stop for Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour.

St. Louis Football Ring of Fame

Former Cardinals and Rams football players were included in the St. Louis Ring of Fame in the Dome. During the Rams' time in St. Louis the names were displayed on an overhang surrounding the field.

St. Louis Rams
No.PlayerTenureInducted
7 Bob Waterfield 1945–19521999
25 Norm Van Brocklin 1949–19571999
28 Marshall Faulk 1999–20062011
29 Eric Dickerson 1983–19871999
40 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch 1949–19571999
48 Les Richter 1954–19622011
55 Tom Fears 1948–19561999
65 Tom Mack 1966–19781999
74 Merlin Olsen 1962–19761999
75 Deacon Jones 1961–19711999
78 Jackie Slater 1976–19952001
84 Jack Snow 1964–1975, Broadcaster2006
85 Jack Youngblood 1971–19842001
St. Louis Cardinals
No.PlayerTenureInducted
8 Larry Wilson 1960–19721999
22 Roger Wehrli 1969–19822007
72 Dan Dierdorf 1971–19831999
81 Jackie Smith 1963–19771999
Coaches and executives
NameTenureInducted
Head Coach Dick Vermeil 1997–19992008
Owner Dan Reeves 1941–19712008
Owner Carroll Rosenbloom 1972–19792008
Owner Georgia Frontiere 1979–20072008

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Dave Peacock is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Schnuck Markets Inc., based in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, Missouri. He is the former President of the Anheuser-Busch InBev subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch. He succeeded August Busch IV in 2008 after the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch was completed by InBev on November 18, 2008. He earned his undergraduate degree in Journalism (Advertising) from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas in 1990 and an MBA from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He stepped down in 2012.

Sports in St. Louis

The city of St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States is home to a number of professional and collegiate sports teams. The Sporting News rated St. Louis the nation's "Best Sports City" in 2000. and the Wall Street Journal named it the best sports city in 2015.

2012 St. Louis Rams season NFL American football season

The 2012 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 75th season in the National Football League, the 18th overall in St. Louis and the first under new head coach Jeff Fisher. Finishing at 7–8–1, they improved on their 2–14 record from 2011. In Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers, the game ended in a 24–24 tie, the first since the 2008 NFL season. It was Sam Bradford's second and final full season as the Rams starting quarterback as two torn ACLs sidelined him for much of the next season and the entire 2014 season.

History of the Los Angeles Rams American Football Team

The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team that play in the National Football League (NFL). The Rams franchise was founded in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams in the short-lived second American Football League before joining the NFL the next year. In 1946, the franchise moved to Los Angeles. The Rams franchise remained in the metro area until 1994, when they moved to St. Louis, and were known as the St. Louis Rams from 1995 to 2015. The Rams franchise returned to Los Angeles in 2016. This article chronicles the franchise's history during their time in Los Angeles, from playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum between 1946 and 1979, to playing at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim from 1980 to 1994, and its return to Southern California beginning with the 2016 season.

The 2016 NFL season was the 97th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL). The season began on September 8, 2016, with the defending Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos defeating the Carolina Panthers 21–20 in the NFL Kickoff Game. The season concluded with Super Bowl LI, the league's championship game on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston with the New England Patriots defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34–28 in overtime.

2015 St. Louis Rams season NFL American football season

The 2015 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise's 78th season in the National Football League and the fourth under head coach Jeff Fisher.

SoFi Stadium NFL stadium under construction in the LA area

SoFi Stadium is an ETFE roof–covered stadium and entertainment complex under construction in Inglewood, California, United States. It is located at the former site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack, approximately three miles (5 km) from Los Angeles International Airport, immediately southeast of The Forum.

National Car Rental Field

National Car Rental Field was a proposed multipurpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. It was proposed to become the home of St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL) before their move to the Greater Los Angeles Area was announced. The stadium cost was estimated at $1.1 billion.

The Los Angeles Chargers are a professional American football team that currently plays in the National Football League. The Chargers were established in 1960 and played one season in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego in 1961. The team returned to Los Angeles in 2017.

Proposed Los Angeles NFL stadiums National Football League stadiums proposed for Los Angeles between 1995 and 2016

Over the 20-year absence of the National Football League from Los Angeles many proposals were made for stadiums that would attract a NFL team to the Los Angeles Area. The trend began in 1995 when a stadium planned to be built in Hollywood Park was rejected by Los Angeles Raiders owner Al Davis in favor of relocating back to Oakland, California due to a stipulation he would have had to share the stadium with a future second team.

St. Louis BattleHawks XFL (2020) team

The St. Louis BattleHawks is a professional American football team based in St. Louis, Missouri. The team is an owned-and-operated member of the XFL (2020) begun by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment. The team will play its home games at The Dome at America's Center.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Busch Memorial Stadium (Busch II)
Home of the
St. Louis Rams

1995 – 2015
Succeeded by
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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

first stadium
Alamodome
Home of the
Big 12 Championship Game

1996
1998
Succeeded by

Alamodome
Alamodome
Preceded by
Georgia Dome
Host of FIRST Robotics World Championship
2011–2017
Succeeded by
Ford Field & Minute Maid Park