The Ballpark Village is located on what many Cardinals fans consider to be sacred ground, the footprint of former Busch Memorial Stadium, which departed this earth at the conclusion of the 2005 season. It had been home to seven National League pennant wins and three World Series championships in its 40 happy years.
The former infield is now called Busch II, a grassy field outlined by the dirt path where the likes of Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Albert Pujols, Mark McGwire and so many others ran the bases. Behind where home plate would have been is what now appears to be the world’s largest big screen TV. Actually, it’s 12’ X 20’ but with a live scoreboard coordinated with the real one across the street, the whole thing is fairly impressive.
Bring a blanket or your lawn chairs. Enjoy some Ted Drewes or a cold Bud. You are so close to the game you can hear the crack of the bat and certainly hear the roar of the crowd.
Several restaurants and bars are busy all of the time, but the place to be on game day.
The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum is located on the second floor.