Busch Stadium, St. Louis – Visit #16

Saturday, July 23 – Dodgers 7, Cardinals 2

St. Louis was my first stop on a four-city air and rental car swing.  I’d seen old Busch Stadium from the outside, but never attended a game in the city.  But just for the history of the team, this was one of the most anticipated visits of the summer.



Old and current Busch stadiums


Access:  I drove in from my hotel in suburban St. Charles and found a parking garage at $20 just two blocks from Busch Stadium.  The exit was typically congested for the few blocks leading to the interstate.

Seats/pricing:  I sat almost directly behind home plate on the upper level for $71.90, purchased on-line three weeks in advance and including the assorted rip-off “convenience” charges.

views-from-stadiumsView:  Lots to see from Busch Stadium, including the St. Louis Arch, a bridge east to Illinois, the original capitol building that now is city hall, and other downtown buildings.

Food:  I asked for something local and was steered to a specialty from The Hill, the Italian section of St. Louis where Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra grew up.  The taste treat was a meat ball cone:  five giant meat balls (four or five bites each, not those little cocktail size) topped with a marinara sauce and plenty of cheese in a firm, but not crisp, cone.  Really good


Beer:  Mostly $8.75 to $9.50, naturally featuring the offerings of Anheuser Busch.

Crowd:  45,477.  Cardinal fans are among the baseball world’s most loyal, knowledgeable and decked out in team attire.  But they didn’t have much to cheer about at this comfortable Dodgers’ victory.


Stadium from Cardinals Nation and vice-versa

Neighborhood:  Cardinals Nation, the Budweiser Brew House, and Ballpark Village form a complex just across the street from the left field stands is a huge gathering spot pre- and post-game.  There are a number of food, ice cream, and beverage spots, plus an outdoor mini-field for little kids.  Other spots are just another block away.

Arts and visuals:  With their rich history of championships and stars, the Cardinals have numerous statues outside Busch Stadium and plaques lining the sidewalk.


Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock, Enos Slaughter, Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson 


Cool Papa Bell, Rogers Hornsby, George Sisler, Dizzy Dean, Stan Musial 

Baseball Moment:  Justin Turner’s two-run double in a four-run third inning broke the game open early for the Dodgers.


The adventures of Cardinals catcher Alberto Rosario

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