In 2005 many high school friends from Vermont met me in St. Louis for a weekend we will never forget. It was a weekend any sports fan would have appreciated. We hung out at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park on the Mississippi River under the Gateway Arch. It was absolutely amazing. We could not get tickets to the final game because Illinois was a final team but we landed ourselves at Show Me's a great bar/restaurant located in the heart of downtown (two thumbs up). GO HEELS!!!!!
Yes, believe it our not there are tickets out there to be purchased for the 2006 season. If you go to the Cardinals website you will find there are quite a few games with seating available. The prices range from $16.00 for bleachers seats up to $230 for Cardinal Club seating. I looked from May through October and if you are quick you can get on the games and enjoy the new statium. I also understand that Season Ticket holders sell their tickets to games that unable to attend. If you go to the Single Game Ticket section on the website, the information is there under "Prime Seat Club".
I haven't been there yet, but from what I understand, it is SPECTACULAR.
Also, if you are coming to the game from out of town, check our my tip on the Westin. It is right across from the stadium and I LOVED staying there.
In November 2005 I spent part of a morning paying homage to the Old Busch Stadium, which is being torn down and the new Busch Stadium being built on the lot adjacent to the old stadium. The Old Busch Stadium held some of my fondest memories of growing up in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dear Friend, May you forever be held in our hearts!
Equipment: Bring your red shirt and your voice to the New Busch Stadium and plan on cheering the Cardinals to victory!!
We took in an afternoon game to see the Cardinals play the Pirates. Unfortunately they lost but we had a good time any way. The new stadium is visible from the old one. It's hard to believe that was going to be the last time that I'll see a game there.
As mentioned in my intro, I almost caught a homer by Mark McGwire, but did appear on ESPN since the homer was so close. The stadium is nothing special, but the fans are very knowledgeable and loyal. Red everywhere.
St. Louis has a great reputation as a sports town. Central to this is baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals. I was lucky enough to catch a game between the Cardinals and the Montreal Expos the year that Mark McGuire hit 70 home runs. Alas, he only got a double in that game. Tickets were $4 for an right field seat.
The place where the St. Louis Cardinals play is Busch Stadium. It's pretty bland from the outside, but inside it's a classic ballpark. This stadium will soon be closing as a new stadium is currently being built beside it and may be ready for 2006. However, this new stadium will also be named Busch Stadium so this one will be torn down.
If you came to see Busch Stadium, then perhaps you are interested in the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. They have a nice museum directly across from the stadium that features all sorts of memorabilia associated with the team. All of the best Cardinal players are represented there such as Ozzie Smith, Mark Mcguire, and Lou Brock. Naturally, this museum is also a good place to purchase Cardinals memorabilia.
There are many people who tour America in search of its most famous sports venues. Some of these people would enjoy seeing some of the most traditional ballparks and historic ballparks in the nation. Busch Stadium will one day be replaced by a brand new sports arena. In the meantime, it is an excellent place to watch a Cardinals baseball game. I have fond memories of watching the team play here. You can see the arch towering just outside of the stadium. Going up the arch will also give you a great look at the stadium.
If you would like to watch a game, I recommend getting tickets as soon as you know the date since St. Louis supports their team very well and often the games sell out.
If you can, while in St.Louis, go watch any sporting event you can. The games are always good, the fans are great, the food is good(a little $$, just like anywhere), and the experience will last forever. If you go to a Cardinals game, show up early and you can get autographs from some of the players. They are really friendly and enjoy giving autographs, they really enjoy seeing the kids faces as they give them a signed ball. It is such a great sports town!!! No matter what event you go to, you will have a good time!!!
Equipment: Baseball- bring a baseball cap, baseball glove(if you have good seats), a jacket for some night games, a camera, and money to buy food and or souviners. Hockey- bring money for food and souviners, and if your close to the action, keep an eye on the puck!!!!!!!!!!!
Football- bring the same as above.
Just remember to bring a camera to any of these. You never know what you might be able to get a picture of. And some of the diffrent booths will sell diffrent shirts and stuff, but they all run the same price.
Round and soulless on the outside, Busch Stadium proves why one should not judge a book by its cover. The inside, thanks to a massive renovation a few years back, is full of vibrant reds and greens. From the arches circling the upper deck rim to the statues of legendary players outside to the garden of retired numbers in the centerfield upper deck, local touches abound, giving Busch so much more personality than any of the other late 60s/early 70s cookie cutters.
The fans are friendly and loyal. The seats might look emptier than attendance figures indicate, but at any game at least 75% of the spectators are wearing red, thus blending into their seats. A visit here leaves little doubt why Cardinals fans are often referred to as some of the best fans in baseball.
And a visit here should be in order for the baseball fan as the stadium's days appear to be numbered. It's no Sportsman's Park, but Busch Stadium is a fine place to catch a ballgame.
Parking at the Stadium - $15
Ticket for a bleacher seat - $27
Hot dog and beer - $14
Spending a beautiful Sunday at a professional baseball game - PRICELESS!
We really wanted to watch a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game , but they were away the day we were there, so all we did was look at the stadium.
( go Cardinals btw:-)
My Leadershp Jefferson City Class (Alumni) took a bus to St. Louis for a game. It was a fun time, out seats were in the Batters Eye Box which was really nice.