|St. Louis, MO|
|Home of the St. Louis Cardinals- National League|
Stadium Opened: 2006
Parking: Many parking lots surround the stadium ranging from $10-$20. We were lucky enough to get into a $10 lot real close to the stadium.
Exterior: The exterior of the ballpark is classy red brick. The area around the ballpark is landscaped nicely with flowers, statues, etc. Take some time to walk around first before heading into the ballpark.
Food: The traditional ballpark favorites along with Mexican, pizza, BBQ, specialty fries, and Hardees. I am not a big fan of fast food restaurants having a consession stand at ballparks. When I am at the ballpark, I want to eat ballpark food, not Hardees. On my visit, I had a tasty chicken quesadilla (shown below).
Ballpark Favorites Stand
Specialty Fries Stand
Atmosphere: I was disappointed in the atmosphere at Busch Stadium. If it weren't for the statues (which, were ridiculously small anyway and the players looked like midgets) outside of the stadium of past Cardinal players, you would think the Cardinals were an expansion team that had just started. There was very little to no history in the stadium. No pictures or plaques of past greats like Ozzie Smith and Lou Brock can be found inside the stadium. Very disaapointing. This is the reason for such a low score in this category. The only sign of Cardinals history is the old scoreboards displayed in the concourse area. The old scoreboards depict what they looked like at the end of the last game in Old Busch Stadium. But for the most part, all of the Cardinals history is kept out of the park. Also, any Major League team that feels the need to do contests in between innings with an on-field entertainer/MC gets a low score in my book. If fans at a Major League game need more entertainment than what's provided on the field, then they shouldn't be there. In between innings would have been the perfect time for there to be highlights of Cardinals' history on the video board.
Rogers Hornsby Statue - You can see the other statues in the background
Kids Area: Now on to another one of my favorite features of ballparks....kids areas. Love them! Well, not really............Busch Stadium has the "US Cellular Family Pavillion" area which contains everything you could possibly want to do except watch the ballgame. There are batting cages, speed pitch, video games, and a play area. Don't get me wrong, I like kids....but to me, if a team insists on having a kids play area it should only be open before the game when the gates open, not during the game. I know that kids areas are becoming a very popular trend, but I am going to resist it as long as possible, I am a traditionalist.
Ballpark Village: Planned to occupy the site of the Old Busch Stadium. It will contain retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Although, so far nothing is constructed. It is disappointing that it is taking the Cardinals so long to build this area. The vacant dirt lot takes away from the beautiful skyline view.
Stadium Design and Seating:
View from Right Field
View From Left Field
Overall Rating: 8.5
Review is based on my visit on: April 11, 2009
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