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.
Cheering with a stadium full of Cards fans has to be one of the best St. Louis experiences!! I got to go to a game this August, in the new stadium, with 104 F temperature! But we were lucky to be sitting in the shade. Had a great time! At night, the lights were blazing & you really can see inside from the street, just by walking by. What an amazing glimpse & architectual choice to behold. All the seats appear to good ones, too. I sat in the Upper level and had no complaints.
During Play Offs, I took the Tour, with my brother and younger daughter. For $10, you get to see a lot of the inside of the stadium and stand behind Home Plate and visit the Cards dug out. Tour was a lot of walking, so not recommended if you can't walk for an hour. Good picture taking opts.
The Cardinals new "nest" fits in with the classic red brick architecure of old St. Louis, with huge arches of real brick! Looks very good.
If you're interested, there's lots of info & a web cam on their web site. A web site that could keep a fan busy for hours!
Equipment: Lots of money for the beer (yes, the beer really does cost $8 a cup) & foods, sunscreen, ball cap...oh, you know what to bring!!!
The veggie burgers were unusally large and one of the lowest prices on the menu They tasted Ok, too. You can bring your own water, in plastic bottles, which I highly recommend. Their bottles cost $4.50 each!!! And drinking fountains are not that plentiful. See their site, for what you can and cannot bring inside.
This is the real heart of downtown. All living beings I saw in downtown Saint Louis were walking to or from Bush Stadium.
Even I, knowing absolutely nothing about baseball, hesitated facing the idea of getting myself a ticket to see the Cardinals. And I was "obliged" to buy a Pujol's red shirt to Horacio (he is a Benfica's supporter, so red is his colour).
To balance things, Tito defends my Sporting (green), and... oh my luck, green was the colour of Philadelphia baseball team, so the second shirt...
YEAH!!! The St. Louis Cardinals are in the World Series. If you are planning on attending any games in St. Louis, please remember that on just about every major highway in town and in the county has some kind of road construction going on. So, please allow yourself plenty of time to get to our new Busch Stadium.
The websites I have listed below is a great place to go to get some great information.
Your best bet? Use the Metro Link. It is a great way to get around town and it is much cheaper then the parking is that is for sure.
Equipment: The games are at night game, bring some heavy close to keep you warm. The stadium is right on the river and I mean to tell you, it gets pretty chilly at night.
It's a busy time in St. Louis these days. The Cardinals are in the World Series. We've got Rams football and now the St. Louis Blues hockey season is in full swing.
The new name of the building the Blues play in is now The Scott Trade Center. It use to be The Savvis Center. Just keep that in mind when you are looking up information for the games. Still the same building, just a different name.
They have done some great improvements to the rink so watching the Blues in town is even better.
If you want to attend a Blues historical event, December 3, 2006 they will be retiring Brett Hull's jursey. I know I will be there. Good luck getting tickets.
Any time you are in to go to the games, get there early and have a bite to eat in the 14th & Clark bar. It is always busy and always good. A great place to meet your friends befor the game.
LETS GO BLUES
Equipment: Bring a large full wallet. It's never cheap to park, eat or drink when you are there.
How do you describe one fo the funnest (is that really a word?) times you could ever have when you tailgate before the home games. People every where, great food, cold beer, crazy fans hoopin it up. It is just a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your friends even if you don't have tickets to the game. Which, by the way, you can almost always find some when you get down there.
Traffic is usually crazy, so leave early and be careful.
Equipment: Hmmmm!! BBQ pit, hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks, blue & gold beads, soda and most of all a cooler full of cold beer.
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.
The baseball has been an avid sport for the city for decades, especially while the Busch family owned it. The stadium got renovated, but the adjacent Ballpark Village concept dried up and no one seems to know when, and if any investment will take place for shops and eateries next to the park.
The stadium to the north of downtown center is an anchor to try and revive this area once deteriorated. Still somewhat has that feel, though. The American Center for convention and other events and Visitors Center are located close by
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!!
The "New" Busch Stadium opened in April, 2006. It's a beautiful "retro-classic" design allows an unobstructed view of its surroundings, including a panoramic view of the downtown St. Louis skyline, and the city's distinctive Gateway Arch. The Arch and several other significant St. Louis landmarks are reflected in the park's architecture.
I love the excitement of being at a ballpark on game day. The day I went, the Cardinal's had already lost the first three games of their homestand to the Colorado Rockies. Still, each fan there that day just KNEW they were going to win TODAY. It is that kind of optimism and energy that brings me back time and again, and checking out baseball stadiums whenever I travel, whenever I can.
Equipment: Bring your hat and glove - or buy them in the Fan Shop. You'll pay more, but what a souvenir! If you have kids, go on a promotional day - the day I went, each kid got a Martinez backpack. And you can't go wrong with a foam #1 finger!
The New Busch Stadium opened for the 2006 season. Many people are finding it hard to let go of the old Busch that they grew up with; but the new stadium offers a magnificent view of the Gateway Arch. St. Louisians are very proud of their team and consider themselves some of the country's best baseball fans. A Cardinal game is something that every baseball fan should experience.
Note: Beers cost $8.25 each
The new Busch Stadium was built on the footprint of the former stadium. It was interesting to find these plaques denoting the original location of the right field foul line and outfield wall of the old stadium.
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.
.... while it still is Busch Stadium.
I grew up watching the Cardnials on TV and listening to them on the radio, but there is nothing like a game in Busch Stadium. People in St. Louis take their sports seriously - and have fun at the games. This is a stadium where people know their baseball and their beer. You will hear the crowd cheer for a single pitch.
The new Busch Stadium offers great views. This view is from seats above first base / left field.
You can bring your on drinks and snacks into the ballpark - just not alcohol.