Busch Stadium

Baseball stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

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Busch Stadium is located in Missouri
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Busch Stadium is located in the United States
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Address700 Clark Ave
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri
Coordinates38°37′21″N 90°11′35″W / 38.62250°N 90.19306°W / 38.62250; -90.19306Coordinates: 38°37′21″N 90°11′35″W / 38.62250°N 90.19306°W / 38.62250; -90.19306
Public transitTram interchange Metrolink: Stadium
OwnerSt. Louis Cardinals
OperatorSt. Louis Cardinals[1]
Capacity45,494 (2018–present)[2]
45,529 (2017)[3]
45,538 (2016)[4]
45,399 (2014–2015)[5]
43,975 (2006–2013)
47,514 (with standing room)[6]
Record attendanceSoccer: 48,263 Chelsea vs Manchester City (3–4)[7]
Baseball: 48,556 (May 12, 2019) Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates[8]
Hockey: 46,556 (January 2, 2017) St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks: 2017 NHL Winter Classic
Concert: U2's U2 360° Tour 52,273 (largest non-sporting event)
Field sizeLeft field — 336 feet (102 m)
Left center field — 375 feet (114 m)
Center field — 400 feet (122 m)
Right center field — 375 feet (114 m)
Right field — 335 feet (102 m) BuschStadium III Field Dimensions.svg
SurfaceKentucky bluegrass
Broke groundJanuary 17, 2004; 17 years ago (January 17, 2004)
OpenedApril 4, 2006; 14 years ago (April 4, 2006) (MiLB exhibition)
April 10, 2006; 14 years ago (April 10, 2006) (MLB)
Construction cost$365 million[9][10]
($463 million in 2019 dollars[11])
ArchitectHOK Sport
Kennedy Associates/Architects Inc.[12]
Project managerClayco Corp.[13]
Structural engineerBliss & Nyitray, Inc
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.[14]
General contractorHunt/Kwame[15]
St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) (2006–present)

Busch Stadium, also referred to informally as "New Busch Stadium" or "Busch Stadium III", is a baseball park located in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. The stadium has a seating capacity of 44,494, and contains 3,706 club seats and 61 luxury suites. It replaced Busch Memorial Stadium (aka Busch Stadium II) and occupies a portion of that stadium's former footprint. A commercial area, dubbed Ballpark Village, was built adjacent to the stadium over the remainder of the former stadium's footprint.

The stadium opened on April 4, 2006 with an exhibition between the minor league Memphis Redbirds and Springfield Cardinals, both affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals, which Springfield won 5–3 with right-hander Mike Parisi recording the first win. The first official major league game occurred on April 10, 2006 as the Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6–4 behind an Albert Pujols home run and winning pitcher Mark Mulder.

To date, the largest attendance for a baseball game occurred Mothers Day May 12, 2019 with an attendance of 48,556 in a game between the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.[8]

In 2004, then Anheuser-Busch president August Busch IV announced the brewing-giant purchased the 20-year naming rights for the stadium. Team owner William Dewitt, Jr., said: "From the day we began planning for the new ballpark, we wanted to keep the name ‘Busch Stadium.' August Busch IV and Anheuser-Busch share our vision for continuing that tradition for our great fans and the entire St. Louis community."[16]

The stadium is the third stadium in St. Louis to carry the name Busch Stadium. Sportsman's Park was renamed Busch Stadium in 1953. Team owner August Busch Jr. had planned to name it Budweiser Stadium, but league rules prohibited naming a venue after an alcoholic beverage.[17] Busch named the stadium after himself and later created Busch Beer. The first Busch Stadium closed in 1966 and both the baseball Cardinals, and the National Football League (NFL)'s team of the same name (now the Arizona Cardinals) moved to a new multi-purpose stadium, named Busch Memorial Stadium.[18]

  1. ^ Muret, Don (April 17, 2006). "Another round of Busch for St. Louis". SportsBusiness Journal. Street & Smith's.
  2. ^ Bausch, Mark; Orf, Tom; Schott, Tom (March 19, 2018). 2018 St. Louis Cardinals Official Media Guide [Busch Stadium Facts and Figures]. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. p. 458.
  3. ^ Bausch, Mark; Orf, Tom; Schott, Tom (March 1, 2017). 2017 St. Louis Cardinals Official Media Guide. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. p. 432.
  4. ^ Kronheim, David P. (June 1, 2016). "Major League Baseball 2015 Attendance Analysis" (PDF). Number Tamer. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Kronheim, David P. (June 8, 2014). "Major League Baseball 2013 Attendance Analysis" (PDF). Number Tamer. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Cardinals make 65,000 additional tickets available" St. Louis Cardinals Press Release, April 28, 2006.
  7. ^ "Busch Stadium as a soccer venue" (Photo). CBSSports.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Hummel, Rick (May 12, 2019). "The Bell tolls for Brebbia, Cardinals as Pirates rally late for 10-6 win". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  9. ^ Busch Stadium Facts MLB.com
  10. ^ "Busch Stadium". Ballparks.com.
  11. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  12. ^ "Busch Stadium". KAI Design & Build.
  13. ^ "New Busch Stadium". Clayco. 2006. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  14. ^ "Projects: Srofessional Sports Stadiums". M-E Engineers, Inc. 2006. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
  15. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium". Kwame Building Group. Archived from the original on March 12, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  16. ^ "The Tradition Continues: St. Louis Cardinals to Play in Third "Busch Stadium"". www.anheuser-busch.com. August 5, 2004. Archived from the original on August 5, 2004. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  17. ^ "Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) | Society for American Baseball Research". sabr.org. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  18. ^ Anheuser-Busch Buys Cardinals Stadium Naming Rights

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