The TWA Dome was built by taxpayers desperate to get an NFL team back.. and build it they
did! This facility is glitzy, modern, and has more of the feel of a hockey arena than a football
stadium. Opened in 1995, this facility is a centerpiece of the "America's Center" convention
center complex which dominates the north end of downtown St. Louis. Bright, airy, and
imposing, the stadium is used by the St. Louis Rams as the principal tenant and also
function as a multi purpose use event and convention facility.

Getting to the venue
The stadium can be easily seen when traveling along I-70, but St. Louis is bisected by a
number of interstates, including I-55, I-64 and I-44 all converging on downtown St. Louis.
signage will direct you right to the Dome. Public transportation via the St. Louis Metrolink light
rail brings fans right to the convention center complex. There is ample surface and garage
ramp parking within a 10 minute walk of the stadium, with fees running $10-$20.

Outside the venue
The stadium is physically attached to the massive America's Center, and is surrounded to
the south and west by office buildings and hotels. Being on the fringes of downtown,
brownfields and industrial areas lie to the north. The coolest area a couple blocks from the
Dome is a historic district called "Lacledes Landing",  a collection of historic buildings
housing restaurants, shops, nightclubs, and the streets are packed with people, horse
drawn carriages, street entertainers and hot dog vendors. On game days, the plaza to the
east of building and hotel lots kitty corner are set up with music platforms and street vendors
are everywhere making for a festive pregame atmosphere.

Tailgating does go on here but is not a focal point of the outdoor events and activities.

The outside facade of the stadium is emblazoned not only with the building
name, but also backlit neon signs of corporate sponsors (Missouri Lottery, Budweiser etc).
Andrew thought this looked cool but Peter saw it as too tacky and commercial.

Concourses
The concourses here are mega wide and the floor and walls are done in the teams blue and
gold colors. Multicolored flags and concession canopies add to the nice decor, and on both
upper and lower levels there is plenty of glass and natural light, so during the daytime the
hallways and corridors are bright and airy looking. There are 4 entry points, one in each
corner of the building,  and each with its own specious atrium and glass escalators taking
you to your level.

Premium seats
Two levels of suites, 120 total, ring the seating bowl, one at the top of the lower level and the
second at the top of the club level. Club seating is at the 200 level and runs th entire
periphery of the bowl except for the location of the end zone scoreboards. The club areas are
served by two premium restaurants - The Rams Club at the north end, offering an upscale
buffet, and an appointed bar area with a video wall, and the south end is the Budweiser Brew
House, with wings burgers and a sports bar motif.

The Bowl
The seating area here is massive and cavernous, and a bit dark compared to the bright
concourses. Seats are all colored wine red, and the bowl has three levels of seating, with
the lower level broken up by a center aisle which wraps around the entire seating bowl.
Backlit ad panels and small dot matrix boards are interspersed among the club and upper
level balconies, and end zone scoreboards and videoboards are bookended by more ad
panels. The technology here is pretty far behind the times compared to some of the newer
NFL venues.

Banners/retired numbers
Inside the bowl there is a ring of fame containing retired numbers and Rams hall of famers,
and kudos to the organization for bringing their rich history with them from Los Angeles and
displaying all the old LA greats. This in contrast to the Colts who pretend the franchise didn't
exist prior to 1984. And yes, they proudly display their Super Bowl XXXIV championship
banner high up in the rafters.

Concessions
Just a point here the food items are really pricey, even my sports standards (large beer
$9.50 yikes!).The various stands feature all different kinds of hot dogs and bratwursts. like
the "Big Dog" topped with chili. We recommend the cheese filled pizza sticks and the nachos
grande with all the gooey toppings. And no, we could not locate any of the famed St. Louis
toasted raviolis! All good stuff, but pretty expensive menu and little imagination in the food
offerings.

Touchdowns, extra points, penalties...

Extra point...The Rams are sold out on season tickets, and have a lengthy waiting list... To
build the stadium they sold Personal Seat Licenses.

Penalty... Ahh yes PSL's... a concept which is common in some of these new sports venues
but something we are loath to embrace. Yet another shakedown of the ticket buying public.

Touchdown...Outside the Dome is a wall of fame of all the PSL buyers who help pay to build
the stadium... it is engraved and kind of reminds me of the Vietnam memorial is DC. When
we were there there were quite a few people checking out the names, so it was quite an
attraction..

And of course the corresponding penalty... The down side of course is someone always gets
left out - the woman next to us was a PSL holder, attended every game the Rams ever
played, attended every St Louis Cardinals football game before that team left, and her name
was omitted and she was angry about that.

Summary
Overall we were so impressed with this building that it earns high marks as one of our
favorite NFL venues - architecturally stunning, beautiful and functional building, downtown
location and great fan support.

Scoring:
Architecture: 7
Food and team store 5
Scoreboard and electronics 5
Ushers 8
Fan support 7
Location and neighborhood 7
Banners and history 8
In game entertainment 4
Concourses/fan comfort 7
Bonus: Tailgate scene 1, Atrium lobbies 1, Ring of Honor 2
Total 62
Edward Jones Dome
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