October 15, 2000: Greatest Show On Turf has gone wild
Rams runs back Marshall Faulk storms 208 yards in a 45-29 win over the Atlanta Falcons on October 15, 2000 in the Trans World Dome. (Post-Dispatch Photo by Wendi Fitzgerald)
From Jim Thomas's Game Post-Dispatch History:
Football Fans: The St. Louis Rams are ready: they score 45 points. They pile up 529 feet of offense. And it's an average day.
average. After all, the Rams averaged 43.4 points and 505 yards a game that came on Sunday in the competition. Yes, by these standards they were quite average when they sent Atlanta 45-29 in the Trans World Dome.
"I do not think we're really as happy as we all played today," said offensive guard Tom Suttled Nutten. "There is always room for improvement."
Oh. OK. How – what? – Score in every possession? Win 1,000 meters? After Capturing the Warner Bros. Passes With One Hand
After completing 24 of 40 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns, Kurt Warner built an NFL record of 300 yards on his sixth consecutive day.
Marshall Faulk stormed to a career-high 208 meters and had a career totaling 286 meters from Scrimmage.
That means the Rams are the first team in NFL history with a 300-meter passers-by and a 200-yard rusher in the same game. Jan. 27, 2002: NFC Championship
Aeneas Williams celebrates a Donovan McNabb pass in the fourth quarter as Dexter McCleon attempts to catch up with him during the NFC championship match between the St. Louis Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday, January 27th 2002. POST-DISPATCH Photo by Chriss Lee
RAMS 29, EAGLES 24
The Rams won their fourth consecutive playoff game in the Dome and their second NFC title in three years, but it was not easy. They were 17-13 at halftime before scoring 16 consecutive points – including two touchdowns from Marshall Faulk – to take the lead with 29-17. The Eagles cut the lead to five points and had a chance to win as Aeneas Williams scored a Donovan McNabb pass (above), 1:48 ahead of Philadelphia 48, to secure the victory. "It was a championship heavyweight fight – that was it," said Rams coach Mike Martz.
7, 1996: Big 12 Football Championship
Texas quarterback James Brown arrives at the TWA Dome in St. Louis, Nebraska on December 7, 1996. (AP-Photo)
The first Big 12 Conference football championship was a classic. Too bad that only seven St. Louisans bought tickets to this colorful event, which was dominated by 60,000 Nebraska fans and a Texas quarterback named James Brown shaking and grilling.
Texas pulled out a runaway 37-27 adversary that hit Nebraska hard on the floor of the TWA Dome. Dour Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, who had long argued against the concept of a conference title match, would have preferred a fishing trip this weekend. And his mildly interested Cornhuskers reflected this. Benefiting from three touchdowns, Nebraska No. 3 posted a total of 503 yards and 22 first downs. And Texas controlled football only for 20 minutes of playtime. The Cornhuskers allowed a staggering average of 25 yards per minute, glowing from the nuclear weapons.
PHOTO: The James James James quarterback goes to Nebraska at the TWA Dome in St Louis on December 7, 1996. (AP photo)
12, 1999: Mizzou Vs. SLU basketball
Chris Heinrich (35) and Justin Love of SLU try to block Mizzous Kareem Rush during the game on December 12, 1999 in the Trans World Dome. It was the first time schools had been playing for 18 years. (Post-Dispatch Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.)
From Vahe Gregorian's Game Story in Post-Dispatch:
By popular demand, the Sleeping Men's basketball series between the University of Missouri and St. Louis University appeared to be revived on Sunday at the Trans World Dome.
Nineteen years of neglect, squabbling and petty warfare ended when the Billikens fended off one last Mizzou attack to gain 75-72. "I could not wait to play this game," said Justin Tatum of SLU, a CBC graduate who scored all 12 of his points in the second half.
So zealously expected that the game was probably only attendance 25,790 were disappointing – slightly more than the basketball capacity of the Kiel center and nearly 15,000 seats below the dome's basketball capacity.
The reasons for the failure to occupy the arena were unclear, but probably had several causes, including the weather, Rams fever and allure, the colorful former MU coach Norm Stewart and former SLU coach Charlie Spoonhour Yak to hear on the television program.
PHOTO: The SLUs Chris Heinrich (35) and Justin Love try to block Mizzous Kareem Rush during the December 12, 1999, game in the Trans World Dome. (Post-Dispatch Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.)
4. April 2005: Men's NCAA basketball championship
Viewers watch the action between Illinois and Louisville in a semi-final match at the Final Four on Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)
From Vahe Gregorian's Game Post-Dispatch History:
An otherwise bewitched centenary season for the University of Illinois basketball team had a bitter ending on Monday night when the North Carolina Tar Heels won their fourth national Title with a 75-70 victory over the Illini.
If it was not a wreck in front of nearly 50,000 fans in the Edward Jones Dome, this was nevertheless the culmination of their possibly fairy-tale fairytale after a breathtaking comeback failed.
However, this was countered by Carolina's rejoicing, whose seniors had suffered through a 8-20-freshman season, whose unstoppable Sean May became just the third son to miss his father's victory NCAA title.
Equally moving was perhaps the spectacle of a first national title for Carolina coach Roy Williams, who was previously caricatured as a cross between Wile E. Coyote and Captain Ahab in pursuit of his Roadrunner / White Whale – a championship app. This was his outstanding resume appropriate.
The Illini (37-2) overtook a 15-point second-half deficit in three games for the second time, but never overtook Tar Heels (33-4), who was led by May with 26 points shoot at 10 of 11.
Despite the fears of Illinois and its fans, who ruled the arena less than three hours from their campus and just over a mile from the state border, the season will inevitably be remembered as a triumph for the program. And the game was an indelible ray of hope for St. Louis.
The city, which hosted the NCAA tournament's first final since 1978, benefited from an exciting matchup between teams # 1 and # 2 in the Associated Press poll , the first in a title game since 1975.
PHOTO: Viewers watch the semi-final action between Illinois and Louisville at the Edward Jones Dome during the NCAA Final Four 2005. (AP Photo)
Sept. 1, 2007: Mizzou vs. Illinois Football
Missouri's Cornerback Pig Brown is sure to celebrate William Moore after Moore had played a pass late in the game to end a ride in Illinois at the Edward Jones Dome. (David Carson Photo / Post-Dispatch)
From Bryan Burwell's Column in the Post-Dispatch:
On a sensational afternoon in the shadow of the Gateway Arch, Mizzou and Illinois – two traditionally lukewarm programs around something authentic to beg – gave us something that felt very much like the big time. Before noon, the Edward Jones Dome faced a perfect college football storm filled with endless, spontaneous pep rallies and a real bowl-game atmosphere.
The pomp and pageantry proves to be the perfect prelude to a delightful, albeit totally unfashionable football game, when Missouri held Illinois 40-34 in the revival of the Arch Rivalry.
The 64,000 people crowding into the Dome spent most of the afternoon riding one minute and sinking the next. then up and down on this unpredictable emotional slalom. "We could hear it too," laughed Tiger's wide-receiver Jeremy Maclin, "(the noise) was over here, then it was there, then it was back here, depending on which team was playing games, but is not that What?" Rivalry games is all about?
PHOTO: Missouri's Cornerback Pig Brown certainly celebrates William Moore after Moore finished a pass in the late night game in Illinois at the Edward Jones Dome. (David Carson Photo / Post-Dispatch)  Aug. 10, 2013: Ronaldo shows a show
Cristiano Ronaldo (left) from Real Madrid celebrates his goal on Saturday in the Edward Jones Dome. Photo by David Carson, firstname.lastname@example.org
From Tom Timmermann's Game Story in Post-Dispatch:
Of the total 90 minutes played in the match at the Edward Jones Dome Between Real Madrid and Inter Milan there was a moment that was worthwhile for almost everyone involved.
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro sent a perfect pass through the inter-defense in the 38th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo, the man almost everyone had seen to see, ran to the ball and hit his right foot from the top of the 18-yard box with his right foot over the body into the other side of the net.
Everyone wanted that, a masterful goal of one of the best players in the game. The crowd of 54,184 was thrilled with the finish. Ronaldo, who is not only an outstanding talent, but also an accomplished showman, ran to the end line, stood in the stands and confirmed the fans with a wave of both arms, as if to say, "Ta-da.
PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo (left) from Real Madrid celebrates his goal on Saturday in the Edward Jones Dome. Photo by David Carson, email@example.com
Nov. 27, 2004: Missouri High School Football Championships
MICDS player (from left) Alex Rapp, Jack Anderson and John Sedgwick celebrate the 2004 Missouri Class 3 football championship trophy against Harrisonville in the Edward Jones Dome. (Chris Lee Photo / Post-Dispatch)
The Missouri High School Football Championships have been held since 1996 in the Edward Jones Dome. One of the most memorable games involving MICDS in 2004 – here's an excerpt from the Post-Dispatch game story:
Ron Holtman had never seen anything like it in his 50 years as a high school football coach. Holtman's MICDS Rams tracked Harrisonville 25 points in the first half of the Missouri Class 3 championship in the Edward Jones Dome. But MICDS did not give up.
MICDS scored 25 unanswered points to tie the game in 10 minutes and 54 seconds in regular time, relaunched the game in the first overtime on a fourth down pass, and then pulled the improbable off comeback with a 38 yard Field goal and a quarter-final in the second extra time to win 45-42.
MICDS (14-0) had his first national championship since 1996. It was the seventh state football championship in his 39 years at MICDS for Holtman, who announced shortly thereafter his retirement from coaching the football team.
Monster Trucks take over dome ground
Monster Jam at the Edward Jones Dome in January 2015. (YouTube photo / youtube.com)
The Dome was a regular stop for Monster Truck competitions and the venue is often full of events. Here is an excerpt from a Kathleen Nelson story that in 1998 previewed the "Monster Jam" contest in the Dome:
St. Louis is the cradle of Monster Trucks, which may explain why our city was voted 1998's Monster Jam Series Final.
The sport sprang from the adventurous spirit of St. Louisan Bob Chandler. Chandler spiced up his Ford 250 4X4 in 1974 so he could have some fun off-road. One day Chandler drove with the big boy to his 4X4 parts store in North County, where he attracted a lot of attention – and attracted the customers. Then he came up with the idea of using the store to market the store by loading and unloading the tractors in trains.
The turning point in the history of monster trucks, however, came in 1981, when Chandler decided to jump over a series of junk cars. He repeated the feat at the Pontiac Silverdome, and requests for his appearances at auto and fairs began to intensify.
After the appearance at Silverdome, the notoriety spread and in the 80s, the boys of Chandler's success repeated his success a state or regional level. The first sanctioned monster truck competition took place in 1984. Bigfoot could not skip a few jumps and crashed. Instead, he had to pull the race against his competitors. The United States Hot Rod Association founded in 1987 the first travel series for the big beasts.
Pope John Paul II visits the cathedral
Jose Luis Garcia Jr., 9, and His family were presenters at a mass celebrated on January 27, 1999 in the Trans World Dome with Pope John Paul II. More than 100,000 faithful attended the fair. (Post-Dispatch Photo by Jesse Bogan)
Pope John Paul II visits the Dome
More than 100,000 faithful participated in the Mass with Pope John Paul II at the Trans World Dome on Wednesday, January 27, 1999. (Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr. after shipping)