Stadium #12
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis,  MO
Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams Stadium
October 7, 2007
34 - 31 Loss

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Special thanks to Tom Schlaker of Delaware North Companies Sportservice and the St. Louis Rams organization for graciously extending an invitation for me to continue my crusade.


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Edward Jones Dome:

June 2007 Edward Jones

  Stadium Vitals
Built: 1995
Capacity: 66,000 seats
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
Draft Beer: $8.00
Hot Dog: $6.00
Stadium Parking: 
Edward Jones Dome
Stadium Address

701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 342-5201
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Stadium Review #12
- The Greatest Show on Turf
St. Louis Rams Stadium
Columbus Day weekend was to be the backdrop for my trip to Stadium #12, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO.  The additional day off, thanks to my new favorite explorer, was the perfect excuse for a road trip to St. Louis (my apologies to Ponce De Leon, but you don’t have a national holiday named after you).  The icing on the cake was an offer for free tickets to the St. Louis Rams game from Tom Schlaker, the Delaware North Companies Sportservice General Manager, and the St. Louis Rams organization.  So armed with a pair of tickets to the game and an extra day off from work, Crystal and I were on our way to St. Louis in SmarTruck Jr. 

St. Louis makes for a great weekend getaway.  I found the downtown area to be clean and safe to walk through at night offering plenty to see and do.  After a visit to the Gateway Arch and a complimentary tour of the local Anheuser-Busch Brewery (free samples included), visitors to St. Louis have plenty of options for local restaurants and bars with live St. Louis jazz and blues.  We stopped in at BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups for a bowl of their chicken gumbo and a sampling of local blues music.  LaClede’s Landing, adjacent to the Edward Jones Dome is a thriving bar scene with restaurants, nightclubs, and bars.  I highly recommend stopping in at The Big Bang, a dueling piano bar, and then checking out Club Buca for overpriced drinks and eye candy.

 I was equally impressed with the St. Louis Rams fans and the gameday experience offered in their fair city.  Gameday kicks off early on Sunday morning, with tailgaters in the parking lots next to the stadium.  Parking is $30.00, but out come the umbrella tents and full sized grills firing up a plethora of cholesterol-laden meats.  The local radio stations also host organized tailgating parties next to the stadium with live bands, free giveaways, and a mini-version of the NFL experience.  The game itself was an exciting touchdown-fest as the visiting Arizona Cardinals outlasted the hometown St. Louis Rams to post a 34 - 31 victory on the road.  Tom came through with excellent seats in section 114 on the 50-yard line.  But it seemed that I was seated in a fairly quiet and subdued section of fans, as when I left to answer nature’s call, Crystal overheard some wondering what happened to the “loud guy with the camera”.  When I returned, wearing my throwback St. Louis Rams, Lawrence Philips jersey I held out hope that I might see a thrilling come from behind victory, but it was not meant to be. 

After the game, Crystal and I were invited for a behind the scenes stadium tour including some time down on the field.  To get the full Edward Jones Dome FieldTurf experience, I ran my own version of the “Greatest Show on Turf”, running go-routes in the endzone as I caught touchdowns from the golden arm of Tom Schlaker.  In the waning moments of the imaginary two minute offense in my head, I went deep and cradled in a remarkable over the shoulder grab which I took 98-yards for an impressive, game winning touchdown a-la Torry Holt (if he were 5’7” with blazing 6.3 40 speed).  The experience left me hopped up on adrenaline, and hunched over ready to collapse. 

The Food - Toasted Ravioli
All visitors to St. Louis must try their toasted ravioli, which is a local delicacy.  A breaded, deep fried ravioli that is served with a fresh marinara, the toasted ravioli makes for an excellent starter to any meal.  The stadium food and beverages at the Edward Jones Dome are excellent.  I highly recommend the Big City Red Dog, a tasty 13-inch dog that compliments their locally brewed Anheuser-Busch products quite nicely.  I also liked that individually packaged servings of sour kraut are available to accent your sausage or dog experience.  I grabbed a bunch of those little condiment rarities and shoved them into Crystal’s purse – those will come in handy someday.

For more information on the city of St. Louis, MO check out my other review by clicking on the link below:
NFL: June 30, 2007 - Edward Jones Dome Recon Visit

City of St. Louis Local Information  
Top Tourist Attractions:
Gateway Arch
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour

Local Foods:
Toasted Ravioli, Gooey Butter Cake, Prosperity Sandwich, Pork Steaks

What They're Drinkin':

Tailgating Hotspots:

Local Sports Media:
St. Louis Post

Where To Stay:
With the Edward Jones Dome right downtown you'll want to be a part of the nightlife including some great live blues music.  Plan to get a hotel room in the downtown area, my suggestion is to get a room at the Renaissance Grand Hotel or the Hilton St. Louis Downtown.
Popular Bar Districts:
LaClede’s Landing (The Big Bang, Club Buca, Hannegan's Restaurant & Pub, Morgan Street Brewery)

Best Restaurants:
BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups (local cuisine)
Blues City Deli (po' boys, Italian deli-style stackers)
Pappy's Smokehouse (St. Louis BBQ)

The Drunken Fish (Sushi)

Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of St. Louis
Stadium Policy
Stadium Parking Map
Fan Forum:

Getting to the Stadium:
The Edward Jones Dome is situated right downtown so the easiest thing to do is stay in the downtown area and walk over to the stadium.  If you plan on driving there is plenty of parking in and around the stadium.

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Click for Forecast for 63101 from
Cue'ing Next to the Stadium   Some Serious Tailgaters   My Quarrel is with you Mr. Goldberg
Crystal Seems to be a Fan Favorite ... then there's that guy.   St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders   Fantastic Seats!  Thanks Tom.
  St. Louis Rams Stadium   Edward Jones Dome
A Raucous Crowd - Do you see the intensity?   Halftime at the Edward Jones Dome   Section 114, 50-yard line
Rams Banners from   Hans Steiniger and Crystal on the 50-yard line   Waiting for the call to come into the game.
  St. Louis Rams Stadium Tour   Quest for 31 in St. Louis, MO
Streaking toward the endzone with blazing speed - even the camera can't keep up!   My Patented Touchdown Celebration "...10-yard penalty for lack of originality"   Yeah, I'm pretty satisfied with myself ...
  St. Louis Rams Stadium Tour  
Love that FieldTurf ... much better on my knees than the other stuff   The New Fox Broadcast Booth Pair   A View from the Press Box
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