Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, MO
Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams Stadium
October 7, 2007
34 - 31 Loss
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Capacity: 66,000 seats
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
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Hot Dog: $6.00
Edward Jones Dome
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
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.
|City of St. Louis Local Information|
Top Tourist Attractions:
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
Toasted Ravioli, Gooey Butter Cake, Prosperity Sandwich, Pork Steaks
What They're Drinkin':
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.
LaClede’s Landing (The Big Bang, Club Buca, Hannegan's Restaurant & Pub, Morgan Street Brewery)
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)
Pocket Map of St. Louis
Stadium Parking Map
Fan Forum: ClanRam.com
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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|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.|
|A Raucous Crowd - Do you see the intensity?||Halftime at the Edward Jones Dome||Section 114, 50-yard line|
|Rams Banners from Flag-Works.com||Hans Steiniger and Crystal on the 50-yard line||Waiting for the call to come into the game.|
|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 ...|
|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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