Forget football: Extreme go kart racing hits the Dome this weeke -

Forget football: Extreme go kart racing hits the Dome this weekend

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ST. LOUIS ( -- With the Rams' move out west, a local motor-sports park wants to show everyone the Edward Jones Dome doesn't have to sit vacant.

They're proving it right now at the St. Louis Auto Show with extreme go kart racing at the dome for the very first time.

"Heck yeah, this is pretty cool,” said Dave Ivens. “We lost our Rams, so I have to do something else at the [Edward Jones Dome.]"

This weekend, that "something else" is the new go kart racing attraction.

"We have taken a little piece of race track and brought over here, we brought our Gateway Kart-plex to the Dome," said Curtis Francois, owner of Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

In the past, they've had just a booth at the auto show. This year, it was Francois’ idea to rev things up a bit and build a race track right where the football field used to be.

"I don't think any other venue in St. Louis will operate as well as doing motorsports indoors as the Dome,” he said. “it has all the infrastructure in the place to host different racing."

Francois encourages others to act on their ideas to bring big events to the newly-available space. For him, it's an opportunity to put on extreme kart racing when he typically can't in the winter.

"I think this is the first of what you are going to see in the future, so many opportunities with a venue like this to repurpose it," he said.

The St. Louis Auto Show runs through Sunday. As for the Gateway Kart-plex, anyone 14 and older can take part for $15 a person.

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