Since 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals have called their home Busch Stadium. Actually, there has been a park by the name of Busch Stadium since 1953, but this third incarnation opened in 2006 and has a capacity of over 43,000.
Interestingly, the original Busch stadium was named for Gussie Busch, who owned the Cardinals when the stadium first opened. The current Busch stadium is named after the Anheuser-Busch brewing company. They bought the naming rights in 2004.
What Makes Busch Unique
With a construction cost of over $365 million, Busch Stadium is one of the most advanced and beautiful parks in Major League Baseball today. The scoring and video area is 52 feet wide and 32 feet tall.
Designed to complement and celebrate the city, Busch Stadium has a "retro-classic" feel that brings technology and history together. Many of the greats who have played for the Cardinals are honored with statues on the grounds, and the outfield has majestic view of the St. Louis city skyline.
Because of the massive and rich nature of the park, it is used for more than just MLB games. Aside from college baseball and some college football games, professional soccer is played here. In fact, tickets for a game between Manchester and Chelsea soccer teams sold 48,263 tickets in just 20 minutes. The crowd was standing room only.
Outside of sports, concerts from bands such as The Eagles, Dave Matthews Band and U2 are regularly scheduled for the park due to the advantageous seating and excellent outdoor acoustics.
Visiting the Park
Like most MLB parks, there is a lot of nearby parking -- both in lots owned by the stadium and privately owned lots. One of the easiest ways to visit the park is by taking the St. Louis public transportation system "The MetroLink." Other options include taxi and shuttles from nearby hotels and other attractions.
Whether you are a huge baseball fan or you prefer to come out to a ballgame for peanuts and crackerjacks, Busch is a great environment for a day at the park. Even children love spending time at this stadium thanks to a kid's area and a store that allows you to build your own toy mascot. This may be the third Busch Stadium, but it is one-of-a-kind in the eyes of everyone who attends a game or event.
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