Homestand Highlights 4/25/17-5/4/17

Twenty-three days of the 2017 season have already gone by, and a lot has happened.  I have been to two games already this season, and the Cardinals have won both of them.  (Perhaps the Cards’ front office needs to give me season tickets?) The pitching has been stellar, for the most part, but the defense is sloppy, like last year. Tonight, however, the boys are back in town for nine games.  Here’s hoping they play better at home than they did last year.

There’s a lot going on at Busch Stadium for the next nine days, so here are all the details:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Tuesday, April 25—Thursday, May 4)

Green Week, Law Enforcement & Firefighters Appreciation Nights Highlight Third Homestand at Busch

ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 25, 2017 – After taking three of four games from the Brew Crew in Milwaukee, the Redbirds return to Busch Stadium for the first of two 10-game homestands in 2017—their longest of the season.  The homestand kicks off with a three-game interleague matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays (April 25-27), continues with three games against the Cincinnati Reds (April 28-30) and concludes with a four-game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers (May 1-4).  The homestand is highlighted by annual Green Week festivities, the 2017 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class announcement, Photo Day and a Carlos Martínez and Matt Carpenter double bobblehead.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Lou Brock Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition Lou Brock mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Series Champion team.  For more info, or to purchase general tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#BudBash). Lou was supposed to attend, but unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. Your continued thoughts and prayers for Lou would be appreciated, I’m sure.

Redbird Rookies Rawlings Gold Glove Ceremony: Six children from the club’s Redbird Rookies community program will be honored on the field before tonight’s game.  In order to qualify for the Gold Glove Award the children had to attend all four Redbird Rookies off-field events and complete an application that included specific tasks for different age groups.  The applications were evaluated by Cardinals Care staff and two participants in each of the three ages groups were selected as winners.  Each winner received four Field Box tickets to tonight’s game, an opportunity to meet a Cardinals player and will be presented with a personalized glove from Rawlings. (#CardsCare)

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables will be located by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m. My family will be at tomorrow night’s game.  I’m hoping for another win.  🙂

Law Enforcement Appreciation Theme Night: The Cardinals and Major League Baseball are teaming up to honor law enforcement officers and their families for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night.  Fans who purchase this special theme night ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement hat.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  Tickets are currently sold out.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/lawenforcement. (#CardsTheme)

 

Green Week – Shoe Collection: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game.  Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bins.  Shoeman creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.  For more information about Green Week, visit cardinals.com/greenweek.  (#4AGreenerGame)

Green Week – Operation Food Search Presentation: In a ceremony prior to the game, Operation Food Search will recognize the Cardinals and the team’s concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice.  Together, the Cardinals and Delaware North Companies have diverted nearly 79,000 pounds of unused food from concessions stands in Busch Stadium to Operation Food Search since 2010, which reduces the amount of waste going to landfills.  When food decomposes in landfills, it becomes a source of greenhouse gas emissions.  The Cardinals are exceeding their food recovery goals, which results in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing climate change while contributing to Operation Food Search’s efforts of feeding 200,000 of our neighbors in need  (#4AGreenerGame).

 Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  The 2017 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza.  Tonight’s battle features The Faded Truth and The Revolutioners.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:45 p.m. with each act given 20 minutes to perform.  Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point.  The top four scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 26 in the Battle at Busch finals for the grand prize package.  Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

Piscotty’s Pals: Stephen Piscotty will host a group from the Down Syndrome Association for tonight’s game as part of his Piscotty’s Pals player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Stephen in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions. 

MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction by Gate 1 (Section 137) and Gate 3 from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 Thursday, April 27, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Green Week – Shoe Collection: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game.  Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bins.  Shoeman creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.  For more information about Green Week, visit cardinals.com/greenweek.  (#4AGreenerGame)

Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to the Ford Plaza for Great Clips’ Charity Haircuts.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips—who sponsors the event every weekday afternoon game during the season—will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

Friday, April 28, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Bruce Sutter Garden Gnome Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans ages 16 and older will leave with an exclusive Bruce Sutter garden gnome.  (#CardsPromo)

Cardinals 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Announcement: The fourth elected Cardinals Hall of Fame induction class will be revealed on FOX Sports Midwest tonight during a 30-minute pregame television special at 6:00 p.m. CT.  The 2017 Cardinals Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 26.

Green Week – Redbird Garden: The Cardinals and Delaware North Sportservice, in collaboration with Urban Harvest STL, will commemorate the newly installed Redbird Garden during a pregame field ceremony.  The hydroponic garden, located in the Level 3 elevator landing above Gate 6, features herbs (Thyme, Sage, etc.) and fresh greens (Kale, etc.) that Sportservice chefs will harvest for use in salads at Busch Stadium. (#4AGreenerGame)

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: Nathan’s Famous will host a local regional qualifier for their Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at 6:00 p.m. in the Ford Plaza.  The top male and female finishers in this event will qualify for a seat at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn where they will face reigning champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.

Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum.  Today’s featured item relates to the Marvelous Musical Mississippi Mudcat Band.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum.  (#CardsMuseum)

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables will be located by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Carlos Martínez & Matt Carpenter Double Bobblehead Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a one-of-a-kind Carlos Martínez and Matt Carpenter double bobblehead highlighting the Cardinals’ post-home run, water splash celebration.  Presented by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital(#CardsPromo)

Photo Day: Prior to the game, fans will be allowed on the field to get up-close and personal photos of their favorite Cardinals players, coaches and Fredbird.  Field access is on a first-come, first-served basis and will begin approximately 10 minutes after gates open.  Weather permitting.  Fans are encouraged to share their photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat using #CardsPhotoDay.

Green Week – Shoe Collection: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game.  Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bins.  Shoeman creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.  For more information about Green Week, visit cardinals.com/greenweek.  (#4AGreenerGame)

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals outfielder Ken Oberkfell will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  In addition to having a valid admission to the museum, fans must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and will be distributed beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Busch II Infield outside Cardinals Nation.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.

 Sunday, April 30, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

 Carlos Martínez Kids Home White Jersey Promotional Giveaway: All kids ages 15 and younger will receive a replica Carlos Martínez home white jersey, courtesy of Powerade and Shop ‘n Save.  Size exchanges can be made at the Riverview Corner kiosk until 2:45 p.m.  (#CardsPromo)

Home Run Against Hunger Food Drive: The Cardinals, in partnership with Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance and Feeding Missouri, are hosting a food drive in the Ballpark Village parking lot before today’s contest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Fans who bring a non-perishable food donation or make a monetary donation will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming 2017 Cardinals game.

Green Week – Shoe Collection: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game.  Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bins.  Shoeman creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.  For more information about Green Week, visit cardinals.com/greenweek.  (#4AGreenerGame)

Green Week – Volunteer Recognition: During pregame ceremonies, the Cardinals will honor our outstanding Green Team volunteers.  During Green Week, and all season long, the St. Louis Cardinals Knight FM Green Team walks down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings and collect recyclables from fans while promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for their services, they are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.  For more information, visitcardinals.com/green (#4AGreenerGame).

Honorary First Pitch: World War II Veteran & Pearl Harbor survivor Lieutenant Jim Downing will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before today’s game.

Kids Free Ticket Voucher: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will receive a free ticket voucher for a 2017 home game courtesy of Ritz.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last).

Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting).  Presented by Prairie Farms.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Monday, May 1, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

 St. Louis Blues Themed Batting Practice Jerseys Auction:  Online auctions for 39 autographed Blues-themed batting practice jerseys worn by Cardinal players prior to last year’s Blues Theme Night on September 28, 2016 begins today.  The auctions will end on Sunday, May 7, at 8:59 p.m.  Proceeds from the online jersey auction will benefit Cardinals Care.  Fans can bid at cardinals.com/community.

 All-Star Balloting Launch: Online balloting for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game launches today at cardinals.com/vote.  The 88th edition of MLB’s Midsummer Classic will take place at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. on Tuesday, July 11 and is set to be the first since 2002 where the outcome does not determine home-field advantage for the World Series.

Live from the UMB Champions Club: KMOX will perform tonight’s radio broadcast from Busch Stadium’s premier all-inclusive ticketed area, the UMB Champions Club.

Trevor’s Troops: Trevor Rosenthal will host a group from Walker Scottish Rite for tonight’s game as part of his Trevor’s Troops player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Trevor in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

College Theme Night II: The St. Louis Cardinals invite students, faculty and staff of local colleges and universities to the second of two College Nights of the season.  Fans who purchase the $20 theme night ticket receive a Cardinals College Night t-shirt.  Fans must present the special theme night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).

Tom Pagnozzi Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition Tom Pagnozzi mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1987 National League Championship team.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Pags.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase general tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#BudBash).

 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athletes: Over 150 high school senior athletes, recognized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for their excellence in the classroom and on the field, will take part in a pregame parade around the warning track before tonight’s game.

Spanish Audio Broadcast: The Cardinals will stream eight Spanish language home audio broadcasts via cardinals.com and the MLB.com At Bat mobile app in 2017.  The club will produce the game’s broadcast in cooperation with La Ke Buena Spanish internet radio to provide game play-by-play from announcer Polo Ascencio and color commentary from former Cardinals Assistant Hitting Coach Bengie Molina.

Live from the UMB Champions Club: FOX Sports Midwest will broadcast this evening’s game from Busch Stadium’s premier all-inclusive ticketed area, the UMB Champions Club.

Fowler’s Friends: Dexter Fowler will host a group from Urban Future for tonight’s game as part of his Fowler’s Friends player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Dexter in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables will be located by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Cardinals Care Spring Grant Ceremony: In an afternoon ceremony, Cardinals Care will distribute more than $135,000 to 77 area nonprofit groups that support local kids.  A Cardinals player, executives and Fredbird will all take part in the afternoon event (#CardsCare).

Firefighters Appreciation Theme Night: The Cardinals are partnering with The Hartford and the company’s Junior Fire Marshal program to celebrate our brave men and women in uniform and their families for Firefighters Appreciation Night.  Fans who purchase this special theme night ticket will receive a unique Cardinals firefighter t-shirt. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  Additionally, children can visit The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshal booths in the Ford Plaza or Riverview Corner to receive a free Junior Fire Marshal helmet and fire safety educational materials.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to The Backstoppers, Inc.  To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit cardinals.com/firefighters. (#CardsTheme)

Boy/Girl Scouts Theme Night II: The St. Louis Cardinals invite all Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their families to enjoy Scout Night at the ballpark.  This is the second of three Scouts Nights for the 2017 season.  For just $14, each scout receives a ticket to the game as well as a voucher which can be exchanged for a Cardinals scout patch.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). 

Spanish Audio Broadcast: The Cardinals will stream eight Spanish language home audio broadcasts via cardinals.com and the MLB.com At Bat mobile app in 2017.  The club will produce the game’s broadcast in cooperation with La Ke Buena Spanish internet radio to provide game play-by-play from announcer Polo Ascencio and color commentary from former Cardinals Assistant Hitting Coach Bengie Molina.

Pregame Poms/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Dance Experience Performing Arts, Meghan Torno School of Irish Dance and the Vineland Dragonettes & Dragon Dudes will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning around 5:45 p.m.

MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction by Gate 1 (Section 137) and Gate 3 from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to the Ford Plaza for Great Clips’ Charity Haircuts.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips—who sponsors the event every weekday afternoon game during the season—will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

The photo at the top of the post is Flat Yadi, like Flat Stan from a couple of years ago.  If you would like a Flat Yadi of your very own, go to http://www.cardinals.com/yadi and print your own, then share on social media using the hashtag #YadiYadiYadi. I shared on Instagram.

That’s all for now! (And it’s quite a lot!)  See you next time and thanks for reading!

Diane

2015 Cardinals theme nights announced

BB ticketI’m counting down the days until spring training and the start of the season, aren’t you?   Winter is so long and dreary without baseball.  We know that baseball will be coming soon with the announcement that theme tickets are now available for purchase for the 2015 Cardinals season.  There are over 20 theme nights this season, and more will be added over the course of the season. Keep in mind that the difference between promotion nights and theme nights is that you don’t get the promotional item unless you purchase the special theme night tickets. Hubby and I had non-theme tickets to the Christmas in July night last year.  It was a fun atmosphere: the organist played Christmas music; Fredbird dressed up in Santa gear; and when each Cardinal came up to bat, his photo appeared on the scoreboard with a holiday background.  Here are all the details on the theme night events:

2015 CARDINALS THEME TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Tickets on sale now for over 20 Theme Ticket dates including Star Wars Night, Superhero Night, Scout Nights and more

 ST. LOUIS, Mo. (January 21, 2015) – Tickets for more than 20 Theme Ticket promotional dates during the 2015 Season, including American Girl Night, Star Wars Night, Superhero Night and many more, are on sale now at cardinals.com/theme.

“Theme Tickets offer fans a fun, unique and special VIP way to enjoy Cardinals baseball while celebrating a shared common bond,” said Martin Coco, Director of Ticket Sales & Marketing. “We have an amazing lineup of special theme nights that fans won’t want to miss, including some new events like American Girl Night, that promise to be very popular.” 

Theme Tickets are customized promotions that allow a select number of fans to celebrate a common interest while enjoying access to a unique promotional item and/or exclusive pre-game event. Targeted around different occupations, organizations, communities, celebrities and more, Theme Tickets let fans enjoy the game in a whole new way.

The 2015 schedule includes returning favorites like Mizzou Night, Illini Night, Catholic Family Night, Jewish Community Day, Christmas in July, and Scout Nights, as well as several new events such as Nurses Night, St. Louis Browns Night and Runners Night.

Additional Theme Ticket events will be announced throughout the 2015 season.  A full listing of 2015 Theme Ticket dates follows.  Fans can learn more about Cardinals Theme Ticket dates and purchase their tickets for these events at cardinals.com/theme.

2015 Theme Nights Schedule as of 01.21.15

College Theme Night # 1

Wednesday, April 15 vs Milwaukee, 7:15

Cardinals Sunglasses, Croakie and Carrying Case

Local college students, faculty and staff can take a break from the books and join us for College Night and receive your exclusive Cardinals sunglasses/croakies combo.

Catholic Family Theme  Night (Catholic Supply of St. Louis Inc.)

Wednesday, April 15 vs Milwaukee, 7:15

Blessing Bracelet

Show your religious and team spirit at Catholic Family Theme Night. With your Catholic Family Night Theme Ticket you get a one of a kind Cardinals Blessing Bracelet!

Weather Bash at Busch

Thursday, April 16 vs Milwaukee, 12:45

Pre-game educational program and a voucher for hot dog, soda and chips

The ultimate field trip experience for grade school and middle school age kids. Pre-game weather presentation on the field with the KSDK weather team, followed by fun weather-related science experiments presented by “Mad Science”.

College Theme Night #2

Wednesday, April 29 vs Philadelphia, 7:15

Cardinals Hoodie

Celebrate the end of the school year with our second College Theme Night and take home an exclusive Cardinals-themed hooded sweatshirt!

Scout Night # 1

Monday, May 4 vs Chicago, 7:15

Scout Patch

Scouts their families and friends are invited to enjoy Scout Night at Busch Stadium. Boy and Girls Scouts that attend the game will receive a Cardinals scout patch.

Cinco de Mayo Theme Night

Tuesday, May 5 vs Chicago, 7:15

Cardinals Chip and Dip Tray

Grab your sombrero and head to Busch Stadium to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Cardinals game. With the purchase of your Cinco de Mayo Theme Ticket, you will receive a Cardinals chip and dip tray!

Illini Theme Night

Friday, May 15 vs Tigers, 7:15

Fighting Illini/Cardinals Hat

Spend an evening with fellow Illini fans and alumni! Show your team spirit all year long with your Illini/Cardinals hat that comes with the purchase of your Illini Night Theme Ticket.

Peanut Controlled Days

Sunday, May 17 vs Tigers & Sunday, July 26th Vs Atlanta, 1:15

Ticket in a Peanut Free Section

Fans with peanut allergies can enjoy Peanut Controlled Days featuring tickets in a peanut-free section. This area will be thoroughly cleaned before the game and the sale and consumption of peanuts will not be allowed.

Beer Tasting Theme Night

Wednesday, May 27 vs Arizona, 7:15

Pre-game beer tasting event

Like beer? Like Cardinals baseball? Fans can sample a variety of Anheuser-Busch specialty beers at this fun-filled pre-game event.

 Scout Night # 2

Wednesday, May 27 vs Arizona, 7:15

Scout Patch

Scouts their families and friends are invited to enjoy Scout Night at Busch Stadium. Boy and Girls Scouts that attend the game will receive a Cardinals Scout Patch.

Nurses Theme Night

Monday, June 1 vs Milwaukee, 7:15

Cardinals Scrub Top

All nurses in Cardinal Nation need to report to Busch Stadium STAT on Monday June 1s for Nurses Theme Night! Purchase a special Nurses Theme Ticket and receive a limited edition Cardinals scrub top!

Superhero Theme Night (Fantasy Books, Inc.)

Tuesday, June 2 vs Milwaukee, 7:15

SuperFred Bobblehead

It’s a bird…….it’s a plane…………it’s Superhero Night at Busch Stadium presented by Fantasy Books, Inc. Come down and see all your favorite superheroes as they roam the stadium for photo ops! A SuperFred Bobblehead comes with the purchase of your Superhero Theme Ticket.

Kids Day Out

Tuesday, June 16 vs Minnesota, 12:45

Pre-game Kids Zone and a voucher for a hot dog, soda and chips

Need a great field trip idea for kids during the long summer? Bring them down to Busch Stadium for Kids Day Out!

 Cancer Awareness Theme Night (Siteman Cancer Center)

Tuesday, June 30 vs Chicago White Sox, 7:15

Cancer Awareness Hat

The Cardinals and Siteman Cancer Center are teaming up to bring you Cancer Awareness Night at Busch Stadium. Fans purchasing this special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals Cancer Awareness hat – the color of the “STL” logo on the front of the hat corresponds to the awareness colors of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area. A portion of each ticket sold will also be donated back to cancer research right here in St. Louis. Help the Cardinals strike out cancer by purchasing your ticket today!

Mizzou Theme Night

Friday, July 17 vs New York Mets, 7:15

Mizzou/Cardinals Hat

MIZ….ZOU! Show your team spirit at Mizzou Theme Night and receive the Mizzou/Cardinals hat with the purchase of your Mizzou Night Theme Ticket.

American Girl Theme Night (American Girl)

Monday, July 27 vs Cincinnati, 7:15

American Girl Doll T-shirt & Matching T-shirt Transfer

American Girl celebrates girls and all that they can be!  With the purchase of your special Theme Night ticket you will receive a one-of-a-kind American Girl Doll Cardinals t-shirt and matching T-shirt transfer.

 American Girl Night VIP Package: American Girl Theme Night at Busch Stadium also offers a one-of-a-kind VIP experience! The VIP ticket includes your very own American Girl Doll T-shirt and matching t-shirt transfer, plus exclusive access to a pre-game picnic! Bring along your American Girl Doll and get ready to enjoy a great evening of Cardinals baseball! 

Christmas in July Theme Night

Tuesday, July 28 vs Cincinnati, 7:15

Snow Globe

It doesn’t matter if you have been naughty or nice, all fans who purchase the Christmas in July Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Snow Globe. Santa Fredbird will be on hand for photo ops as well!

Star Wars Theme Night

Wednesday, July 29 vs Cincinnati, 7:15

Star Wars/Cardinals T-shirt

Join the fun on Star Wars Theme Night as the ballpark is transformed with Star Wars-themed sights and sounds. Meet your favorite

Star Wars characters and receive your exclusive Star Wars/Cardinals t-shirt. It’s a night that no Jedi (or Redbird) will want to miss!

Jewish Community Day

Sunday, August 2 vs Colorado, 1:15

Cardinals Yarmulke

Join the St. Louis Jewish community when the Cards host the Rockies and receive an exclusive Cardinals Yarmulke, with the purchase of this special Theme ticket! Grab the whole family and enjoy a Sunday at the Ballpark with Jewish Community Day.

Runners Theme Night

Thursday, August 13 vs Pittsburgh, 6:15

Cardinals Technical Runners T-Shirt

Ready…Set….Go! Running enthusiasts need to race down to Busch Stadium for Runners Theme Night. Fans who purchase the special Runners Night Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals technical runners t-shirt, perfect for you next jog!

St. Louis Browns Theme Night

Monday, August 17 vs San Francisco, 7:15

St. Louis Browns Hat

Take a step back in baseball history and join us for St. Louis Browns Theme Night.  With the purchase of your special Browns Night Theme Ticket you will receive a limited addition Browns baseball cap! Fans will also enjoy other Browns-related activities and special guests that night as well.

 Outdoors Theme Night (Cabela’s)

Tuesday, September 8 vs Cubs, 7:15

Mossy Oak Camo Cap

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a Cardinals game and receive this limited addition Mossy Oak Cardinals ball cap with purchase of a special Theme Ticket to Outdoors Theme Night presented by Cabela’s!

Outdoors Night VIP Package: Are you a fan of Drury Outdoors? The Cardinals and Cabela’s are excited to host a pregame VIP event with Mark, Terry, Matt and Taylor Drury as well as Cardinals alumni!

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, September 23 vs Cincinnati, 7:15

Paddy Cap

The Cardinals will have the luck of the Irish on Wednesday, September 23rd vs. the Reds! Join us for Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day at Busch Stadium and receive a limited edition Cardinals-themed Paddy Cap with the purchase of a special Theme Ticket. There will Irish music, Irish dancers and plenty of pregame Irish fun. So grab your fellow leprechauns and head down to the game!

Billikens Theme Night

Thursday, September 24 vs Milwaukee, 6:15

Billikens/Cardinals Hat

Cheer on the Cards as they take on the Brewers with fellow SLU Billikens fans and alumni. All fans purchasing a ticket to this special Billikens Theme Night will receive a Billikens themed Cardinals cap! Come out and show your SLU pride and enjoy the game.

That’s all for now!  Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

Announcing the grand opening of Ballpark Village!

At long last, Ballpark Village opens tonight!  It’s been exciting to watch it being built these last few months.  Ballpark Village will be the place to hang out before and after the game.  And since Ballpark Village will be open all year round, it will help the economy of downtown St. Louis.  I can’t wait to see the Hall of Fame Museum.  You will recall a blog post last summer about what I would like to see in the museum.  They probably didn’t use any of my ideas.  😦  I will go there on Opening Day and take some photos to share.   Here’s the scoop on the grand opening, as well as details on all the exciting Ballpark Village tenants:

$100 MILLION FIRST PHASE OF BALLPARK VILLAGE OPENS

Dedication Ceremony, Private VIP Gala and Free Public Concert Highlight Grand Opening Celebration
Cardinals Nation, Budweiser Brew House, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, Drunken Fish, Howl at the Moon & PBR St. Louis-A Cowboy Bar Now Open

ST. LOUIS, MO (March 27, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies celebrated the formal grand opening of the $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village (#BallparkVillage) today with a dedication ceremony with civic officials followed by a private VIP Gala and a free public concert within FOX Sports Midwest Live! with national recording artist Third Eye Blind.

“Ballpark Village is a truly significant development for St. Louis, and the opening of Phase One today is another step in the continuing investment the Cardinals have made in downtown St. Louis,” Gov. Jay Nixon said. “This adds to the aura of Busch Stadium and the great Cardinal teams – past, present and future.”

“Ballpark Village will be a regional entertainment destination, giving all of us another reason to come early and stay late in Downtown St. Louis,” said Mayor Francis G. Slay, City of St. Louis.  “It links the exciting transformation underway at the Arch grounds to new venues for shopping, dining and fun for the whole family.”

The construction of Ballpark Village represents the next step in the Cardinals’ vision for downtown St. Louis that began with the opening of the $411 million privately-financed Busch Stadium in April 2006. Located on 10 acres just north of Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village is one of the first master-planned developments designed around a new MLB ballpark. The approximately 120,000 square foot multi-story first phase of the multi-phased project is visible beyond the center field wall and is designed to look like an extension of Busch Stadium. The project was carefully crafted to compliment the energy and excitement of the Cardinals’ game day experience, while also functioning as a year-round attraction by itself.

“We believe our fans will fall in love with Ballpark Village and all that is has to offer beyond even game days,” said Bill DeWitt Jr, Chairman and CEO of the St. Louis Cardinals. “We anticipate that Cardinals Nation and Ballpark Village will be where the best fans in baseball will come to play all year round.”

The first phase of Ballpark Village is anchored by Cardinals Nation, the Budweiser Brew House, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar, Howl at the Moon and Drunken Fish.

“This will be one of the premiere entertainment districts in the United States,” said David Cordish, CEO of the Cordish Companies. “We integrated the best elements of all our successful projects and took them to an even higher level with this project.”

Ballpark Village features five live performance stages, the largest retractable roof of its kind in the United States, one of the biggest indoor TV screens in the Midwest and an outdoor festival space that recreates the infield of the previous Busch Stadium in its exact historical location.

“We appreciate patience and unyielding support of our fans, as well as the commitment and support of so many others on the long journey toward making this remarkable vision a reality,” said Bill DeWitt III.  “I’m excited for our fans to experience Ballpark Village.”

In addition to the construction of a 120,000 square foot state-of-the-art structure housing nine marque venues, the first phase of Ballpark Village includes the development of the site infrastructure for the future build out of the entire 10-acre site. The remaining pad-ready development sites will allow for future phases to be developed more quickly since the basic infrastructure is already in place. In future phases, the team hopes to add residential, office and retail, as well as more restaurants and entertainment venues to the mixed-use neighborhood.

Following is more information on how fans can discover and enjoy Ballpark Village.

Getting To Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village is conveniently located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, accessible by multiple interstates and mass transit. Valet and self-parking is available in the surface lot at Ballpark Village. Visitors to the district who would like to self-park may enter the parking lot off of 8th, Walnut or Broadway streets. Parking is free with validation at lunch on non-game days. Parking is $2 with validation for dinner on non-game days. Hourly parking is available and event rates will apply for all Busch Stadium events and Cardinals games. A valet option is available for guests who enter from Walnut. Additional parking options are also available in the Stadium East & Stadium West garages, as well as numerous other downtown garages and lots. MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving. Visitors may take a train to the Stadium Station located across the street from Ballpark Village.

Enjoying Ballpark Village

Website:              stlballparkvillage.com

Social:                   @BPVSTL   #BallparkVillage

Following is detailed information about the various exciting venues that are part of the first phase of Ballpark Village.  Additional information about these venues is available atstlballparkvillage.com and cardinals.com/ballparkvillage.

Cardinals Nation

Hours of Operation:        11 a.m. – 12 a.m. (Sunday – Saturday) *Open for lunch starting March 28th

Size:                                       34,000 square feet on four levels

Website:                              cardinals.com/cardinalsnation

Social:                                   Twitter: @cardinals | Facebook: facebook.com/cardinals | Instagram: @cardinals

                                                #CardsNation  #CardsHOF  #CardsMuseum  #CardsAuthentics

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Cardinals Nation offers fans of all ages a one-of-kind, world championship caliber experience unlike any place else. The best fans in the game will come to play here all year round because the baseball season never ends at Cardinals Nation. Cardinals Nation is the ultimate Cardinals headquarters – THE place for fans to remember, celebrate and create unforgettable Cardinals moments and experience the tradition – -every day!

Cards Nation Restaurant logoBA 34,000 square foot venue on four levels, Cardinals Nation features a high-energy, state-of-the-art two-story restaurant and bar, an 8,000 square foot world-class Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a Cardinals Authentics (#CardsAuthentics) retail store featuring game-used memorabilia, and a 334-seat roof top deck with spectacular game views and an all-inclusive experience unlike anything in baseball today.

Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar is a casual, family oriented restaurant serving traditional American favorites with a contemporary infusion of regionally grown, fresh ingredients and flavor combinations, all enjoyed in the midst of the rich history and tradition of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar sets a new standard for sport-inspired restaurants. Featuring a high-energy, memorabilia-infused space designed by the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Beers International, this 500-seat restaurant on two floors has three separate patios, two kitchens, six full-service bars, and unparalleled sports-viewing courtesy of over 60 flat screen TVs.

The two-story restaurant space is filled with Cardinals history and memories. The first floor of the restaurant features a contemporary design illuminated by a custom ceiling fixture comprised of two corresponding 54-foot long curved aluminum light bars with 108 15-watt LED light bars designed to mimic the seams of a baseball.  While the stitch lights will primarily glow a bright Cardinals red, they may be programmed to display any color to set the mood for special occasions. Additional design features include custom made ceiling fans comprised of actual baseball bats, a stairwell with engraved home plates in the wood, and baseball themed design features in the restrooms.

Bringing an old school vibe to contemporary dining experience, the sports-inspired menu and atmosphere customized for baseball fans and foodies is a grand slam. From local favorites to innovative creations, whatever comes out of the kitchen is guaranteed to satisfy any major league appetite. It’s everything you expect and more, with a couple of mouth-watering, jaw-dropping “curve balls.”   Fans can make reservations at cardinals.com/cardinalsnation.

Authentics Logo - NewThe Cardinals Authentics Shop (#CardsAuthentics)

Own Your Own Piece of Cardinals History

Open Daily: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; on game nights, the shop will remain open 1 hour post game

Fans will find that gearing up for baseball just got easier with the debut of a new 800 square foot Cardinals Authentics Shop located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation adjacent to the Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar. With the grand opening of Cardinals Nation Authentics, there are now two locations to shop for genuine Cardinals gear and own a piece of St. Louis history!  Both Cardinals Authentics locations (inside Cardinals Nation and Busch Stadium in the Ford Plaza north of Gate 6) specialize in official, game-used, limited edition and autographed collectibles and memorabilia direct from the club. Both stores offer a great selection of current and vintage Cardinals apparel, as well as one-of-a-kind collectibles.

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The Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum at Cardinals Nation

Our Home.  Our History.  Our Heroes.

 Opening April 7th, the new Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation will feature the largest team-held collection in baseball and second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 16,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. With over 8,000 square feet on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Museum (#CardsMuseum) will celebrate the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.

Located just outside the new Cardinals Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Cardinals Hall of Fame (#CardsHOF) presented by Edward Jones, will always be accessible to fans at no cost when Cardinals Nation is open.   Created to honor the players and personalities who have had the greatest impact on the franchise, the Cardinals Hall of Fame gives fans a new way to connect and learn about our team’s great heritage. Fans will vote on new inductees annually and interactive kiosks help you learn more about these Cardinal greats with photos, videos and statistics. Members of the Hall of Fame will be permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones with plaques produced by Mathews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The new Cardinals Hall of Fame will be dedicated on Monday, April 7th.

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The AT&T Rooftop at Cardinals Nation

It’s Out of the Park!

When fans visit the AT&T Rooftop at Cardinals Nation, they will be blown away by the view.  Featuring over 330 seats on two levels, the all-inclusive AT&T Rooftop ballgame experience features a delicious all-you-care-to-eat buffet and full service bar as well as complimentary admission to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.

FOX Sports Midwest Live - BlueFOX Sports Midwest Live!

Hours of Operation:        11 a.m. – 2 a.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. (Friday & Saturday)

                                                *Open for Lunch & Dinner Starting Friday, March 28th

Size:                                       16,665

Capacity:                              2,250

Website:                              stlballparkvillage.com

Social:                                   Twitter: @STLFSMLive  #FSMLive | Instagram: @STLFSMLive | Facebook: facebook.com/ STLFSMLive

At the heart of Ballpark Village is the central gathering place known as FOX Sports Midwest Live!. FOX Sports Midwest Live! is a 20,000 square foot entertainment marketplace featuring a world class audio-video presentation.

Equipped with a massive 15.5 foot high, 29 foot wide LED screen, four 90-inch LED TVs, nine 50-inch LED TVs,  FOX Sports Midwest Live! provides St. Louis sports fans with one of the best sports-viewing experiences in the country.

The space has a live performance stage, built in concert lighting and is encircled by a two foot tall, 152 foot long electronic ribbon board to ensure a completely immersive audio and video experience.

Also included under the one-of-a kind 100 foot long retractable glass roof is a 200-seat restaurant and a VIP seating area to enjoy the big game.

FOX Sports Midwest, the television home of the Cardinals, also has a new studio on the second level overlooking FOX Sports Midwest Live! FOX Sports Midwest expects to produce more than 200 shows per year at the new studio, which looks directly into Busch Stadium from behind the anchor desk. Meanwhile, visitors inside Ballpark Village are able to watch FOX Sports Midwest’s shows live as cameras inside and around the entertainment district can show the game day atmosphere on the broadcast. The Cardinals Live pre-game and post-game shows will air live from the studio for home and road games.

Within FOX Sports Midwest LIVE!, Village-goers will find Tengo Sed and Tengo Hambre. Tengo Sed is all Fiesta, No Siesta. This cool, eclectic and high energy hang-out within FOX Sports Midwest Live! features south of the border flavor including in-house specialty sauces, Tex-Mex favorites and disarmingly good margaritas. Tengo Sed provides a lively atmosphere with great views of the FOX Sports Midwest Live! concert stage. Tengo Hambre, a fast-serve counter brings unique style and approach to Tex-Mex dining in the FOX Sports Midwest Live!. Tengo Hambre serves its famous street tacos and margaritas.

Budweiser Brew House

Hours of Operation:        11 a.m. – 2 a.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. (Friday & Saturday)

Brew House Logo FINAL                                                *Open for lunch starting March 28th

Size:                                       26,000 square feet on 3 levels

Capacity:                              2,200

Website:                              stlballparkvillage.com

Social:                                   Twitter: @STLBudBrewHouse | Facebook: facebook.com/BudBrewHouse | Instagram: @STLBudBrewHouse

The Budweiser Brew House is a three-level, 26,000-square-foot venue that offers an unparalleled beer and dining experience for baseball fans and visitors in St. Louis. The destination includes an outdoor beer garden, an interior inspired by Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser’s rich heritage and commitment to quality, and a rooftop deck that puts St. Louis Cardinals fans within reach of baseball heaven.

From wings and lobster tacos to St. Louis-style ribs, fresh salads and more, each Budweiser Brew House menu item was created by a chef with a specific beer pairing in mind. Add a suggested beer to your entrée or select one of your favorites for a unique dining experience.

The Budweiser Brew House offers 239 beer taps, from Budweiser—proudly brewed in St. Louis since 1876—to new and exciting beers you’ve yet to try. A unique, self-serve 21-foot tap wall featuring a variety of brews allows guests to pour and explore new beers or old favorites.  With the help of an in-house beer ambassador, adults 21 and older can purchase a Budweiser Brew House card in the dollar amount of their choice, swipe the card at the tap wall, and watch as their chosen tap dispenses a perfectly chilled beer.

AB_DECK LOGO_100The rooftop deck includes an incredible view of St. Louis Cardinals games in a fun, outdoor atmosphere. The Budweiser Brew House also includes a stage so guests can sit back with some of the world’s finest beers while enjoying live music in an intimate and inviting atmosphere. Game-day tickets for the rooftop deck are available through the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar

Hours of Operation:        Closed (Sunday- Wednesday); 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. (Thursday);

PBR_St                                                4 p.m. – 3 a.m. (Friday & Saturday)

Size:                                       4,960 square feet

Capacity:                              400

Website:                              stlballparkvillage.com

Social:                                   Twitter: @STLPBR | Facebook: facebook.com/STLPBR                                                                              Instagram: @STLPBR

PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar brings an authentic world-class country experience to Ballpark Village. Each location of PBR (Professional Bull Riders) features its own unique high-quality design, but with shared attractions including a large dance floor, a soft-seating lounge area, private outdoor balconies, multiple bars and the world’s meanest mechanical bull as a showpiece element to the club. PBR St. Louis offers an expansive beer and bourbon list.

The Barn at PBR

Hours of Operation:        Closed (Sunday- Wednesday); 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. (Thursday); 4 p.m. – 3 a.m. (Friday & Saturday)

The-Barn-Logo-bwSize:                                       1,844 square feet

Capacity:                              300

Website:                              stlballparkvillage.com

Social:                                   Twitter: @STLPBRBarn | Facebook: facebook.com/STLPBRBarn                                                                            Instagram: @STLPBRBarn

A live music joint, The Barn resides inside PBR St. Louis and continues the great live music tradition PBR venues have become known for around the United States. It features the best local, regional and national entertainment on a nightly basis. The intimate setting features a stage in front of the grand stone fireplace, state-of-the-art sound and cathedral ceilings exemplifying a chic but rustic barn feel. The Barn shares a 70 foot island bar with PBR and includes floor to ceiling windows with Arch and city skyline views.

Howl at the Moon

Hours of Operation:        Closed (Sunday- Tuesday); 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Wednesday-Thursday); 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Friday); 5:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Saturday)

HATM_Logo_2014_LightBKGSize:                                       5,000 square feet

Capacity:                              400

Website:                              howlatthemoonstlouis.com

Social:                                   Twitter: @_howlatthemoon | Facebook: facebook.com/howlstlouis |                                                                                                    Instagram: @howlatthemoon

Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Bar is ready to rock Ballpark Village! Howl at the Moon is home to a high-energy music experience that’s been a nightlife staple in cities across the country from Chicago to Boston as well as on the high seas with Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Howl at the Moon’s unique show is centered around party anthems and dance hits performed on everything from guitars, drums, and more to create a non-stop party atmosphere. Howl’s entertainers take the stage 2 to 5 at a time and play every night. The 5,000 square foot venue features modern saloon style decor, high top tables and a center bar with TVs and eight Draft taps. The bar highlights Howl at the Moon’s signature 86 ounce buckets of booze as well as some of St. Louis’ best local craft beers. The stage area features a modern light display and dedicated dance floor to go with the up-tempo show.  Howl at the Moon will be open during all Cardinal’s Home Games regardless of hours listed above .Howl at the Moon is also available for private events 7 days a week. Contact Kristin Zupancic at kristin.zupancic@howlatthemoon.com or 314-736-4695.

Drunken Fish

Hours of Operation:        11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday- Monday); 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Tuesday- Wednesday);
Drunken Fish11 a.m. – 1 a.m. (Thursday); 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. (Friday- Saturday)

Size:                                       5,300 square feet

Capacity:                              400

Website:                             stlballparkvillage.com

Locally owned by Munsok So, Drunken Fish is widely recognized as the premier sushi restaurant in the Midwest region.  Unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, the selection of sensational sushi and exquisite Japanese cuisine satisfies every appetite, while the extensive drink menu boasts an eclectic list of signature martinis and exotic drinks. With vibrant modern décor, a private dining room and Ballpark Village’s only glowing LED tables, Drunken Fish creates a plush and comfortable setting to grab dinner and drinks with your significant other or a group of friends. Large front doors create open air seating for the interior dining room while leading to a lavish outdoor patio and lounge. With displays of endless large screen TVs and live entertainment on game days and weekends, Drunken Fish is the perfect place to see and be seen.  Drunken Fish has 32 signature cocktails and martinis, 14 flavorful signature rolls, 20 different kinds of fish and seafood, and over 10 items under $10 on our lunch menu.

Busch II Infield

Busch_II_Inf_LogoSize:                       14,000 square feet

Capacity:              2,600

Located outside the West entrance of Cardinals Nation, and in its exact historic home, is the Busch II infield – an outdoor park programmed with family-friendly events all year long. The turf-covered baseball diamond sits in the exact infield footprint left by Busch Stadium II (1966 – 2005). Featuring a 12 foot by 20 foot video display as part of the scoreboard, the infield provides fans a gathering place to watch the big game or enjoy an outdoor concert while eating Ted Drewes Frozen Custard at the Dugout Bar.

While standing on the infield, memories come to life through the aide of a larger-than-life mural on the west Ballpark Village wall. Pictured is a photograph taken during a pre-game ceremony in 2005 at one of the final games at old Busch. The image provides fans with the precise view they would have had from behind home plate.

The infield park is the site of can’t miss events and can’t forget memories all year long, as well as being one of two locations that visitors can purchase St. Louis’ favorite frozen custard, Ted Drewes (the other location is within FOX Sports Midwest Live!). Ted Drewes has been selling frozen custard and Christmas trees in the St. Louis region since he opened his first Gateway City location in 1930.

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Coming Summer 2014

Jamba Juice, The Fudgery and Majestic Athletic will open locations this summer in Ballpark Village.

Jamba Juice, a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you specialty beverage and food offerings, will bring great tasting whole fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices and juice blends, hot teas, and a variety of food items including hot oatmeal, breakfast wraps, sandwiches, Artisan Flatbreads™, baked goods and snacks to Ballpark Village. Jamba Juice will occupy approximately 1,000 square feet on the first level of Ballpark Village, adjacent to FOX Sports Midwest Live!.

The Fudgery, widely known for its handmade, traditional fudge and its unique brand of singing fudge-makers, is now in its 35th year of business. It currently operates 27 stores in over a dozen states and is still headed by its original founder and CEO, AC Marshall. The Fudgery team members who stir, turn and fold the fudge are famous for belting out show tunes and creating an energetic and entertaining atmosphere. The Fudgery’s commitment to quality continues as the company grows into new markets and expands their selection, now also offering caramel apples and gourmet dessert sauce in addition to premium quality Blue Bell ice cream and milk shakes. The Fudgery will occupy approximately 1,500 square feet at Ballpark Village, adjacent to Jamba Juice.

Majestic Athletic is a subsidiary of VF Licensed Sports Group. Majestic designs, markets and manufactures athletic team uniforms, performance apparel, outerwear and licensed athletic wear. Majestic is the official on-field uniform of Major League Baseball and is also licensed by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL) and Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC). Majestic will occupy approximately 750 square feet at Ballpark Village, adjacent to Drunken Fish.

 Construction of Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village is the first construction project in the St. Louis area to use Sideplate Structural Connection for the structural steel. PARIC, Ballpark Village development team’s general contractor and a St. Louis-based company, used this innovative connection because it provided more flexibility in the layout of the building, leading to the vast open spaces, as well as helping to minimizing the amount of steel needed and the cost associated with that material. With the long term future of this project in mind, PARIC implemented a Geopier foundation system to which was an efficient way to improve the long-term stability of the foundations while minimizing the associated cost.

Because so much of this project is focused on the experience of the Cardinals fans, PARIC’s goal was to minimize the impact of the construction site on the game day experience. PARIC focused on the critical site work that needed to be completed prior to the season to minimize the impact on streets around Busch Stadium. At any given time PARIC coordinated as many as 250 workers representing 15 different trades. The St. Louis Cardinals engaged Clayco as the general contractor on the build-out of Cardinals Nation.

Construction By The Numbers

  • 925 tons of steel
  • Highest point is 75’ (steel above the rooftop seating)
  • 165,900 bricks
  • 68 tons of cast stone
  • 250 workers were on site at any one time, representing 15 skilled union construction trades
  • 250,000 man hours
  • 5,108 total cubic yards of concrete
  • 6,000 lbs. of Easy Turf on Busch II Infield
  • 20,000 lbs. of silica under Busch II Infield
  • 159 trees planted
  • 968,670 Pixels or 3 million LED’s for the nearly 35ft diagonal TV in FOX Sports Midwest Live!

Ballpark Village Boosts Local Economy

The construction of Ballpark Village, which began in February 2013, has been a welcome boost to our local economy. Over a thousand construction workers collaborated to build the first-phase of Ballpark Village, and close to a thousand permanent new jobs have been created with the new businesses operating within the district.

A priority commitment of the Ballpark Village development team has been to ensure an inclusive approach in all aspects of the construction and operation of the district. Ballpark Village developers have worked in partnership with the city, community leaders and others to ensure that the economic benefits of the project reach historically disadvantaged sectors of the community. The developers used a variety of proactive strategies to maximize minority participation and workforce diversity during the construction, as well as to achieve a diverse operational workforce reflective of the St. Louis region.

The first phase of the project is projected to achieve 21.62% MBE, 7.78%WBE contractor participation and 31% minority workforce utilization for the core and shell construction. In addition to meeting the M/WBE and workforce requirements set forth by the city in the development agreement, the development team felt it was important to go beyond what the city required by asking each tenant to work to achieve these goals with their construction. Each tenant has voluntarily worked to achieve the state’s M/WBE and workforce goals with interior construction, and the Ballpark Village team has worked with the city’s employment agency SLATE to establish a permanent recruitment and training office to maximize employment opportunities for city residents, particularly historically disadvantaged populations. The development team, along with each Ballpark Village tenant, has aggressively worked to recruit over a thousand employees to staff the first phase of Ballpark Village.

Ballpark Village Project Time Line

April 8, 2000                        Cardinals announce intention to build a new ballpark

June 19, 2001                     Cardinals sign a memorandum of understanding with city, county & state outlining plans for the                                                                           construction of new ballpark and Ballpark Village downtown

January 17, 2004               New Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony

June 2, 2005                       Cardinals announce selection of Cordish as developer for Ballpark Village

April 10, 2006                     Opening Day in St. Louis – New Ballpark Grand Opening Ceremony

October 27, 2006              Mayor Slay, Cordish & Cardinals announce agreement on Ballpark Village

September 23, 2007        Mayor Slay announces Centene will build new headquarters in Ballpark Village

May 26, 2008                      Centene announces it will not build headquarters in Ballpark Village

Fall 2008                               National financial crisis compels federal government intervention   

2009                                       Cardinals make temporary improvements to Ballpark Village site for All-Star Game

2010                                       Cardinals and Cordish restart the process again with the city and state

September 18, 2012        MDFB (Missouri Development Finance Board) approves Ballpark Village project under MODESA (Missouri                                                      Downtown Economic Stimulus Act)

December 19, 2012         Cardinals, City & Cordish finalize Ballpark Village development agreement

February 8, 2013               Cardinals & Cordish break ground on first phase of Ballpark Village

The Cordish Companies

The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Real Estate Development, Gaming & Lodging and Entertainment Management. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies’ prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY and Kansas City, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created.

The St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals (cardinals.com) are one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball. Since they joined the National League in 1892, the Cardinals have won more than 9,500 games, 11 World Series Championships and 19 N.L. Pennants, 3 N.L. Eastern Division Titles, 8 N.L. Central Division Titles and 2 N.L. Wild Card Titles. Over 40 former Cardinals players and managers are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

For more information about Ballpark Village, go to cardinals.com/ballparkvillage or stlballparkvillage.com.

Only 4 more days until Opening Day!  The long drought without baseball is almost over.  I can’t wait – can you?  That’s all for now – thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

 

The lady Cardinal fan’s guide to finding a mate

Watching Cardinals games is great, but like most other things, it’s better when done with a friend.  What’s even better is finding a mate that is also a Cardinals fan, like I did (see my last post).  Here are some helpful hints for you to find that special someone:

When you’re out and about, eavesdrop on guys’ conversations.  If they are guys who love Cardinals baseball, they will be talking about the game, the players, etc.  Wait for an opportune moment (guys do run out of things to say eventually), and then sidle up and say, “I couldn’t help but hear what you were saying about ______” and then add a comment that makes them think you know your stuff about Cardinals baseball.  Don’t talk about how cute Mike Matheny or David Freese is (save that conversation for your girlfriends), talk about RBI’s or ERA’s.  Their jaws will drop and you will have just made some new guy friends. One of them may be your eventual mate.  By the end of the conversation, one of them may ask for your phone number.  Leave him hanging – tell him you’ll meet up with him tomorrow night, same time, same place.  You need to keep them in suspense.

Are you on one (or more) of those dating sites?  Don’t forget to list the Cardinals (and baseball in general) as one of your interests.  You can weed out those who don’t like baseball and the Cards that way.  Don’t forget to list Cardinals baseball as one of your interests on Facebook as well.  Facebook will “suggest” friends who share your interests and you may find someone interesting that way.

Don’t date or marry a guy who roots for a rival team, especially a guy who’s a Cubs fan.  Paul was speaking to us Christians when he said that we should not be yoked with unbelievers, but I think this applies to baseball fans as well.  When the Cards and Cubs play each other, I do see couples in the stands representing both teams. That would be really hard, especially since the Cubs are perennial losers and the Cards are winners. Can’t you just hear the taunting?  “My team’s better than your team!” “When was the last time the Cubs won the World Series?”  Besides, if he’s a Cubs fan and you’re a Cardinals fan and you have kids, what team will they cheer for? Why would you have them make that painful choice?  But as for me personally, there’s no way I could be married to a Cubs fan.

If your cousins or brothers are Cardinals fans, ask them if they have any eligible friends who are Cards fans.  They might have friends that have pined for you from afar, but are too shy to ask you out.  (Don’t laugh; it’s happened.)  Your brother(s) or cousin(s) can act as a go-between.

Now you must be careful to differentiate between the guy who really is a Cardinals fan or a guy who says he’s a Cardinals fan just so he can ask you out.  When you meet a guy and he says he’s a Cards fan, be sure you have a difficult Cardinals trivia question to ask him. And when the Cardinals last won the World Series is not a difficult question. The true Cardinals fan will either know the answer right away or know where he can find it (and he’ll tell you that), while the fake Cardinals fan will hem and haw and mumble that he doesn’t know the answer.

Don’t forget, friendship first!  That really is the best way to start a relationship.  My husband and I were friends for 2 years before we started dating.  We were together 2 more years before we got married.  So go to a few Cards games together.  Talk on the phone about baseball and other things every night.  If it’s meant to be, you’ll know it and you’ll feel it.  You’ll know when it’s time to make the next move.  If it doesn’t work out, well, you still have a great guy friend you can talk about Cardinals baseball with.  So get out there girl, and find yourself a guy who’s a Cardinals fan, fall in love and live happily ever after!

I’d like to dedicate this post to my friend Dathan Brooks and his lovely bride Amy, who were married last Saturday and spent their wedding night at the Hilton at the Ballpark, with a window overlooking Busch Stadium. (No, I wasn’t there – I saw the photos on Facebook.) The only thing better than that would be to get married at Busch Stadium, which probably wasn’t in their budget.  I also want to give a shout out to Bill Ivie of I-70 Baseball and Angela Weinhold of Diamond Diaries, who will be getting married in July.  Now Bill is also a Royals fan (hence the title of his blog), but since the Royals are in the “other” league, which makes it an intrastate rivalry instead of an intradivision rivalry, I like him anyway.  LOL!

That’s all for now!  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

The journey of love

You may be asking yourself, what does that title have to do with Cardinals baseball?  Continue reading, my dear reader, and you will see.

I am married to a Cardinals fan.  We met in 1988 at a bar named Corvettes at Ramada Inn in Fairview Heights, IL, which is now a comedy club.  We were introduced by a mutual friend.  As we talked, we discovered we both loved Cardinals baseball.  Mike would call me and we’d talk for a couple hours at a time about Cardinals baseball.  I was really impressed with his knowledge of Cardinals baseball and he has admitted that I was the only woman he had ever met that knew as much about Cardinals baseball as he did.

We hung out with a crowd of friends and played coed softball together on a couple of really lousy teams. (But it was fun anyway.) Since God didn’t see fit to give me any athletic talent, I played catcher.  Mike played outfield or first base, depending on where he was needed.  After a couple of years, friendship turned to romance and we married in 1992. We recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.

Through the years, we have gone through a lot of trials and tribulations.  What couple doesn’t?  Our love of Cardinals baseball helps distract us for a while when life is tough. Our memories are punctuated by Cardinals playoffs and World Series appearances.  Our son Phillip was born in 1996 and that’s the year that Ozzie Smith retired.  I have a photo of Mike holding Phil not long after he was born. On the couch next to Mike is a copy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports section with a photo of Ozzie’s famous backflip on the front page.  Come to think of it, I may still have that section on the shelf in our walk-in closet where we keep other famous newspaper editions, such as Mark McGwire breaking the home run record, etc.

Mike’s dad was a big Cardinals fan too, and for Father’s Day, we would buy him Cardinals books.  When Mike’s dad passed away in 2009, we inherited his collection of Cardinals books. I guess Mom figured since we bought them for Dad that we should get them back.  My daughter is a Cards fan again, although for a while she went over to the Dark Side and became a Cubs fan.  That’s the ultimate act of baseball rebellion – root for the rival of your parents’ favorite team!  She is back on the right side now.  Being a Cardinals fan is in the genes.  Our son is not crazy about baseball like we are, although he does collect baseball cards and will occasionally sit and watch a game with us, asking us questions about how the game is played. Maybe he’s warming up to the game. He unfortunately inherited my lack of athletic skills.  I was so hoping for a son who would be a baseball player.  LOL! I guess God had other plans.

Whenever we run out of things to talk about (and after 20 years, inevitably we do), we can always talk about Cardinals baseball, even in the dead of winter.  When I am writing a blog post and I can’t remember something Cardinals related, I ask Mike and he always knows.  He’s my walking baseball encyclopedia.

Every couple should have a mutual interest besides the children (if you decide to have any) and ours is Cardinals baseball.  We follow the team on TV, in the newspapers and online.  Occasionally, we get to attend a game at Busch Stadium if someone gives us tickets or if we purchase the KMOX First Pitch ticket vouchers.  We went to the game on Mother’s Day, since I received tickets for Administrative Professionals’ Day.   I didn’t catch any foul balls (we were in the Redbird Club seats on the third base side), but I did catch a sunburn.  If we ever win a big lottery prize, one of the first things I’ll buy is season tickets.

There is no other team worth following than the Cardinals and there is no other man for me except my husband.  Here’s to another 20 years (or more) with my hubby and with my Cardinals!

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

P.S:  If you are betrothed to a Cardinals fan, then perhaps you should consider Busch Stadium as the place to hold your nuptials and/or your post-nuptial reception. You can start your life of marital bliss in Baseball Heaven!  Click here for details on how to do that.