It was with mixed emotions that fans of the St. Louis Cardinals said good-bye to Busch Memorial Stadium at the end of the 2005 season, a ballpark that had seen its share of celebrations including three World Series championships and seven National League Pennants.
But the new Busch was inaugurated quite heartily the next season with the team’s 10th World Series title, so most hard feelings were checked at the gate. And then there was the 2011 World Series, making 11 of those flags flying in the outfield.
The new Busch continues to provide a fabulous view of the Arch and downtown skyline from almost all if its 46,861 seats. Paying homage to the previous stadium is the old scoreboard and signage for Big Mac Land, where Mark McGwire broke the major league home run record.
A team store, open seven days a week, is located on Clark Street, where you can get every thing Cardinal related, including a $2300 jewel encrusted baseball cap.
The stadium also includes a Build-a-Bear Workshop dedicated to making Fredbirds, the team mascot.
Getting tickets to a game is tough in this baseball crazy city where most games are sold-out weeks in advance, but visit the stadium anyway. The Stan Musial statue is classic and Hall of Fame members are memorialized in bronze as well.
The greatest moments in Cardinal history are highlighted in a brick walkway on the Clark Street entrance.
Stadium tours are offered almost every day of the week throughout the season and off-season, depending on games and events.