Busch Stadium is a picturesque Major League Baseball stadium set against the backdrop of the beautiful skyline of the city of St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals have played many amazing game at their home ballpark, often in front of 47,000 screaming fans that make ballgame an unforgettable event. If you are headed for a first visit to Busch Stadium, read some information about the Cardinals stadium that will allow you to get the most of your initial visit.
When Do the Gates Open?
Generally, Busch Stadium gates open up two hours before game time. It might be a good idea to go early if you want to tour the stadium, go to the team store, or watch the Cardinals take batting practice. Going early will also obviously allow you to beat the rush that occurs just before game time. Please note that gate opening times may be altered on a few rare occasions, according to the wishes of stadium management.
Shop At the Cardinals Team Store
What better place to pick up a St. Louis Cardinals souvenir item than at the official team store inside Busch Stadium between gates 3 and 4. The store briefly closes for about 40 minutes before game time to prepare for the crush of fans that enter just after first pitch. All fans are able to shop at the store up until 40 minutes before game time, throughout the game, and for a short while after the end of the game as well.
Take Your Family to the U.S. Cellular Family Pavilion
If you are taking your family along for the ball game at Busch Stadium, the kids will have a jolly good time at the Family Pavilion that can be found between gate number 5 and 6. The Busch Stadium Family Pavilion is sponsored by U.S. Cellular and the entire area opens up as soon as the gates open and remain accessible for 1.5 hours after the ball game begins. Main attractions in the pavilion are batting cages, speed pitch cages, T-ball for kids, a large soft play area for the tiny toddlers and a general seating area that can accommodate up to 100 people at a time.
Food at Busch Stadium
Busch Stadium has an excellent mix of both concession stand food as well as specialty food outlets that can provide you with upscale food as well. Hot dogs, nachos, pizza, peanuts, beer, ice cream, soda and the other usual baseball park food can be easily found in one of the hundreds of concession stands that are uniformly located around the ballpark. There is also a farmer’s market and a gluten free concession stall if you are really into healthy food choices. The Cardinals have a rotating menu of diverse food items inside the club and suites for more discriminating fans.
Parking at Busch Stadium
You will be able to buy your parking pass online at the Busch Stadium website or through the Cardinals ticket office. Parking is available at either Stadium East or Stadium West entrances.
Both locations offer multi-level parking which means that there is only a very slim chance that you will end up without a parking spot.
Make Your Own Fredbird Mascot
Take your kids to this nice little stall that you will find between gate number 2 and 3 inside Busch Stadium. You will be able to customize and design your own version of Fredbird, the lovable mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals.
by Caitlin Tom