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Busch Stadium Details
Busch Stadium is located in downtown St. Louis and is the home to Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals. The stadium is the third in St. Louis to be called Busch Stadium. The original park was named for team owner Gussie Busch, the Company Chairman of Anheuser-Busch, which became the largest brewery in the world under Gussie. Anheuser-Busch continues to brew in St. Louis.
The park opened in 2006 and occupies some of the same space where the previous Busch Stadium stood. The stadium’s listed capacity for baseball is 45,529. The stadium was quickly the home of a champion: the Cardinals won the World Series on their home field during the stadium’s inaugural season, defeating the Detroit Tigers in five games. The stadium would host a second World Series just five years later, as the Cardinals faced the Texas Rangers in the 2011 Series. Busch Stadium would be the site of a second championship celebration, as the Cardinals defeated the Rangers in a Game 7 at home.
The Cardinals hosted the MLB All-Star Game in 2009. Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had more All-Star votes that year than any other player.
In 2017, Busch Stadium hosted the National Hockey League’s annual Winter Classic. It was the first time the event was held in St. Louis and, naturally, the first hockey game played at Busch Stadium. The St. Louis Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd.
Busch Stadium has also been the venue for a number of major concerts, including Paul McCartney in 2016 and Metallica and Billy Joel in 2017.
The Cardinals and Busch Stadium have played an important role in the development of downtown St. Louis. The nearby Ballpark Village opened in 2014 and has added a number of food and entertainment options. The second “phase” of the Ballpark Village project is scheduled to finish in 2019 and includes a high rise residential tower with a view of the ballpark.
Where are the best places to sit at Busch Stadium?
If you’re looking to see the city of St. Louis in addition to the ball game, most seats at Busch Stadium have a sightline to the downtown skyline, including the iconic Gateway Arch. An exception to this is the outfield bleachers. The bleachers are located on the 100 level and are less pricey than other tickets as close to the action, but the seats face away from the St. Louis skyline. Pavilion and Terrace seats are higher up but also affordable. Field level seats tend to be more expensive — especially toward the infield — but will get you a view of the city without putting you too far from the game.
Tips and Tricks
If you like to get to the stadium early, Busch Stadium opens an hour and a half before game time Monday-Thursday, and two hours before game time on Friday-Sunday. If you’re driving to the stadium, the Cardinals recommend parking on or near 8th Street if you’re entering at gate 2, 3, or 4 and parking on or near Broadway for gates 1, 5, and 6.
Busch Stadium Club Areas
Club areas are all-inclusive with food and bar service.
Across the street from Busch Stadium is the unique Ballpark Village area. The Ballpark Village features a variety of food and drink options, live music, and other attractions. The village is open throughout the year and does not require a ticket to a Cardinals game for entry, but some attractions, like the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum charge for admission. The Village hosts many events, including viewing parties for Cardinals road games.
Dinger’s Donuts (sections 145 and 454) is a good option if you’re looking for something a little different from the traditional ballpark hotdog. They offer warm mini donuts served in a collectible Cardinals batting helmet.
If you make it out to the Ballpark Village, be sure to try Ted Drewes Frozen Custard—it’s a local favorite.