Busch Stadium – St Louis Cardinals

by | Sep 23, 2018 | Marc Viquez, MLB | 0 comments

Fanfare Score

Total Score
4.43

Crowd Score

Total Score
4.43

 

 

Bush Stadium, One Good Time

Busch Stadium is the home of the St Louis Cardinals and is the third stadium to feature the name. It was built in time for the 2006 season and provided Cardinal Nation with its very own “retro-classic” baseball stadium; it does not break any new grounds in terms of design or aesthetics, but it does provide its fans with spectacular views of the Gateway Arch, the Ballpark Village, and improved menu options and social areas.

The stadium has a capacity of 44,494 an includes 3,7606 club seats and 61 luxury seats. The red brick facades and exposed steel give the ballpark a classic feel and one that was missing from its former venue Bush Memorial Stadium that was a cookie-cutter multi-purpose venue that housed the team from 1966-2005; however, it was always considered perhaps the best of its kind. Busch Stadium III definitely has all its fans would want in a ballpark and has already been home to two World Series championships in 2006 and 2011.

Food & Beverage 5

Busch Stadium offers copious amounts of menu options that will blow your mind. There is everything from the basic hot dog and stadium nacho to Coca-Cola street tacos, bacon wrapped hot dogs, and mini donuts served in a batting helmet with chocolate drizzle and sprinkles. I don’t think I can do this section justice and you’ll probably be better off clicking this link to find out just what you can get during the game.

There are highlights that include Broadway BBQ located at section 109; they make Saint Louis- style BBQ and offer smoked turkey legs, brisket, pulled pork, and sausage. You can enjoy these local treats on a sandwich or on a plate with a couple of sides. The smoke chicken legs are also served with your choice of sauces, chips, and charred jalapenos in what is called grilled chicken bats–they can be substituted for smoked sausage as well.

If you like sausages there are bacon and cheddar brats, bacon wrapped hot dogs with baked beans, pico de gallo, and crispy fried onions, bratzels (a hot dog wrapped up in pretzel dough), and knockwurst. You can also just order the basic hot dog with a little dab of mustard and you’ll be perfectly fine with your decision.

Gluten-free options include nachos, barbecue, and chicken tender baskets. The team also offers healthy options including Baja chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers, shrimp skewers, and salads. The options also include corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, pizzas, and four varieties of nachos from “El Birdo” to supreme served in a batting helmet. As mentioned up above there is quite a selection of great food here at the Ballpark.

Budweiser products are prominent and when in St Louis drink what the locals drink. If you’re looking to save a few dollars domestic cans of Busch beer are only $5 for a 12-ounces and $9 for 16 ounces. You can also join Beer Draft Happy Hour before the first pitch at the Budweiser Terrace Bar and Budweiser Skyline Terrace Bar for $5 a draft. After the first pitch, you will be able to enjoy beers for as low as $9.75 to around $13. Local brews Urban Chestnut and Schlafly are available at the ballpark.

Atmosphere 5

The atmosphere begins well before the game, fans line up throughout the exterior of the stadium at the Ballpark Village, near the statues or inside the gift shop at the front entrance, and at nearby bars leading. Everyone is decked out in Cardinal red and even throwback powder blue and red. It is a fun and festive atmosphere that is among the best in major league baseball.

The Budweiser Terrace bar is open well before the first pitch and offers adult games, and $5 beer specials that make you want to arrive at the game much earlier than expected. The social vibe is exciting and creates an opportunity to mingle with friends and Cardinals fans. The $5 beers are also available before the first pitch at the Budweiser Skyline Terrace bar as well.

If you’re with the little ones the Family Pavilion located on Level 1 between Gates 5 and 6 is an ideal way for the kids to be entertained; it is open 90 minutes before the first pitch. Kids can test their armed with the speed pitch, a virtual reality experience, and a play structure. You might even see the team’s official mascot Fredbird roaming around the area offering hugs and photo ops.

Once you get to your seat to view the game the focus is on the diamond. You can enjoy views of The Arch and skyline from the back of home plate, take in festivities on the rooftops at the Ballpark Village, or simply enjoy the pleasant surroundings at the ballpark.

Neighborhood 4

The Ballpark Village is just across Clark Street from the stadium and offers various forms of entertainment for fans of all ages. The dining and entertainment district consists of 150,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment venues. Fans are able to enjoy the game from rooftops and others can enjoy dinner and drinks at many of the restaurants.

The Ballpark Village houses the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, Cardinals Nation Restaurant, Fox Sports Midwest Live!, Budweiser Brew House, and PBR St Louis. Future plans include a 29-story residential tower, a 10-story office building, and a three-story retail entertainment building to improve the experience for all who visit.

The area is buzzing before and after the game and is a perfect way to cap off your night watching a Cardinals game. The Cards Hall of Fame is also a must-see perhaps before or the following day of a game; it highlights everything from the introduction of the famous “birds on bat logo”, World Series championships, and everything else in between.

The downtown vicinity also includes tourist attractions that include the Gateway Arch, Laclede’s Landing, the Budweiser Brewery Tour, and happening districts that include Wash Ave. and The Hill where Italian cuisine is among the best in the area. The City Museum is also an interesting place to spend a few hours and is geared towards more adults than children.

Fans 5

You might not find a more dedicated fanbase than in St Louis. The hometown Cardinals have been a staple since 1891 and there have been of a collection both Hall of Fame and All-Star players, 11 World Series titles, and magical moments that have made St. Louis one of the best baseball cities. The attendance ranks in the top of the major leagues and well above the average the past 20 seasons. The fans wear those “two birds on the bat logo” with pride on both shirts and jerseys. They support their team through both winning and lean years, luckily for them, there has been a lot more winning seasons this century.

Access  4

Busch Stadium is located downtown and is directly off I-64 creating easy access by motorists to and from the ballpark. There are various public lots and garages within blocks of the stadium and Prices range from as high as $25 to as low as $10 search for game night. There are 720 parking spots at the Ballpark Village, free meter parking after 7 p.m. on the streets, and fans have the option to arrive by the MetroLink light rail train for $5 round trip.

Once inside, patrons have easy access to various concourses but remember this is not the type of ballpark where you can buy a ticket and sit anywhere you want. There are ramps that take fans to multiple levels of the stadium with ease and bathroom, exits, and gift shop stores or easily marked throughout the building.

Return on Investment 4

The Cardinals offered dynamic pricing for home games which means depending on the opponent and whether it’s a weekend game, the ticket prices will be altered in price. It is advised to buy in advance since certain seating levels can sell out rather quickly. Weekend games and series against arch rivals the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals will mean slightly higher prices, but a lot more revelry in the building.

The lowest level tickets are found in the Bud Brew House Deck at the Ballpark Village that range from $5 -$10, bleacher seating can range from $15-$19, terrace level seating will cost between $10-$17, and pavilion level seating will cost anywhere from $10-$30. The field level seats range from $33-$95 and club-level seating will range from $45 to $65. If looking for an all-inclusive ticket, the price will cost as low as $50 to as high as $500.

You do have your choice of how you want to enjoy the game and that will depend on how much you’re willing to fork over for a ticket to see the Cardinals. Luckily, you will be able to find the right price when purchasing tickets, but be advised to stay away from the right-field terrace seating section due to obstructive views of the field.

Extras 4

The Ballpark Village deserve a point for a very entertaining and meaningful experience before or after the game. The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum is a must for any type of sporting fan and the little kids will enjoy playing on the miniature grass field in the village square. Even if you don’t want to dance or drink, the village is perfect for people-watching and enjoying the ambiance of a post-baseball game party.

There are 10 statues outside the main entrance of the stadium that provided both history and photo opportunities for all guests. All-time greats include Stan Musial, Dizzy Dean, Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock, and Bob Gibson to name a few. There is even a statue of former St. Louis Browns Hall of Famer George Sisler.

The ballpark offers a wonderful view of the Gateway Arch from behind home plate. The higher the seat, the better the view of the skyline and the iconic structure. There are many great downtown ballparks and most of them do not include vivid imagery of the surrounding skyline.

The final point is for the Budweiser Terrace. It is open to all fans and features a multi-level social space that includes two-service bars, lounge areas, and cabana seating. There is also an open-air barbecue grill, outdoor games for adults, and great views of the field and surroundings.

Final Thoughts

Busch Stadium offers enough history, class, and views to make it an ideal baseball destination. The ballpark is a favorite among many ballpark enthusiasts and is considered home to many Cardinals fans during the season. Does it have to stand out among the copious “retro-classic” facilities built in the past 25 years? Perhaps, Busch doesn’t necessarily needs to be anything more than what it is, a nice spot for baseball.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

Mike Shannon’s Steak & Seafood

620 Market St

St Louis, MO 63101

(314) 421-1540

http://www.shannonsteak.com/


Zia’s

5256 Wilson Ave

St Louis, MO 63110

(314) 776-0020

http://www.zias.com/


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Entertainment Recommendations

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

12th & Lynch Streets

St. Louis, MO 63118

(314) 577-2626

http://www.budweisertours.com


Gateway Arch

707 N First St

St Louis, MO 63102

(877) 982-1410

http://www.stlouisarch.com/


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Lodging Recommendations

 

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

1 South Broadway

St. Louis, MO 63102

(314) 421-1776

http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/STLBVHF-Hilton-St-Louis-at-the-Ballpark-Missouri/index.do


 

Westin St Louis

811 Spruce St

St Louis, MO 63102

(314) 621-2000

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1248


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Crowd Reviews

Latest Crowd Reviews

Date: 2018-09-24 10:48:50
By: Legacy Review

Total Score
4.14

The stadium is right off I-64 and close to the Gateway Arch and across the street from Ballpark Village. The food has become much better and so has the atmosphere. The Cards have some of the best fans in the game and one can always expect a great crowd at hand, especially when the Cubs are in town.

Date: 2017-12-13 15:54:14
By: tejasduck4

Total Score
4.71

St Louis is one of the top if not the best baseball city in America. Busch Stadium should be on every baseball fan list to watch a game.

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