Edward Jones Dome getting ready for gameday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Futbol might be finished after Saturday's friendly soccer match.

But football is about to begin again.

"The more than 40 tons of sod has been removed from the Edward Jones Dome," says St. Louis Convention and Visitors Center Director of Public Relations Donna Andrews.  "It took about two hours for them to pull out carpet the St. Louis Rams football game that takes place Saturday, kickoff at 7pm."

The Rams won't roll out the red carpet for the Green Bay Packers this weekend. But they did roll out the green rug in this gigantic space today.

"Well the Edward Jones Dome is really exhibit hall number six for America's Center Convention Complex," says Andrews.

And while a buzz is building for this season's rams team, it's a slow moving process to get the turf back in place from its hiding space.

"It's actually hidden under the floor of the Edward Jones Dome," says Andrews.  "There's a compartment and then it's rolled up and hidden in this compartment under the ground."

Crews blow air under the carpet to smooth things out. Then it's a Zamboni that slowly zigzags from end zone to end zone.

Speaking of which...

"Have you ever run down the field when nobody is watching?" asks Patrick Clark.

"Yes," says Andrews.  "And it's quite a jog."

Only when NFL players are doing it, they're going full speed...and getting hit hard.

"Well do you want to run it?" asks Andrews.

"I absolutely do," says Clark as he takes off running.

"Are you tackling me?" asks Clark on his 100 yard return run.

"That's what they say probably," laughs Andrews.  "I just ran all that way!"

I guess you can tell they're ready for football to return this weekend.

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