ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- On Friday, one of the biggest conventions to come to St. Louis kicks off a three-day run.
More than 32,000 people are expected downtown this weekend for the Jehovah's Witnesses convention at The Dome at America's Center. A spokesperson for the convention says 43 countries will be represented.
The spokesperson told News 4 Jehovah's Witnesses volunteers spent an entire weekend cleaning up downtown parking lots, both so they had a place to park and as a way to give back. They are also posting hydration stations on street corners to keep visitors cool and comfortable.
The group has spent two years planning how to turn the Dome, temporarily, into a place of worship for the convention.
The spokesperson said they've been working with city and county leaders, Explore St. Louis, and Metro Transit to make sure the convention runs smoothly. He estimates there will be a $46 million dollar economic impact on the city as convention participants spend money at hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, and transportation.