Convention center renovation options include demolishing Edward Jones Dome
ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Now that the Rams have left St. Louis, the team’s former home—the Edward Jones Dome—may come down as part of a massive overhaul of the downtown convention center.
The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission created a committee in early 2015 to examine long-term renovation options for America’s Center. The options include gutting the Edward Jones Dome in order to expand the convention center westward, demolishing the north-half of the football stadium to add exhibit halls and a ballroom, and even knocking down the entire dome to build a new parking garage and hotel.
The state, county, and city are funding the committee. International design firm Gensler, C.H. Johnson Consulting, based in Chicago, and local architecture agency Arcturis are scheduled to deliver a report Thursday which will address needs and establish rules for any decisions made on renovations.
The president of the CVC took a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on a tour of the facilities to explain what conventioneers don’t like about the dome. In short, the dome doesn’t feel like a convention space, the ballroom (floor space) is far too small, and the building needs to drastically increase the number of loading docks. The dome floor offers less than 30,000 square-feet of convention space, which needs to double in size, according to the CVC.