The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the best teams in Major League Baseball this season. They lost their ace pitcher, Adam Wainwright, way back in April and have lost key position players like Matt Holliday for long stretches. And yet, they continue to win.
The Redbirds have a winning tradition, solid management at all levels and players that perform well when asked to fill-in for an injured or disabled star.
In fact, the Cardinals have won the second-most World Series in league history. The New York Yankees are the only team to have won more Fall Classics.
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Given their history and tradition, it’s no surprise that their current ballpark, Busch Stadium, bears the same name as the two previous parks that this team has called home.
The first Busch Stadium got its name in 1953, replacing the previous moniker of Sportsman’s Park. At the time, the new name was chosen to honor the team’s owner, beer magnate Gussie Busch. Tradition matters in St. Louis and when a new name was chosen for the ballpark in 1966 it became known as Busch Memorial Stadium.
Now … fast forward to 2006. The Cardinals opened a new ballpark and, to nobody’s surprise, named it Busch Stadium, not for the beer magnate, but for the beer company.
This striking facility has a seating capacity 43,975 and when standing room tickets are sold, 46,861. Its dimensions are fair. Left field is 336 feet from home plate while right field is almost the same at 336 feet. The left center field and right center field alleys are both three hundred seventy five feet from the batter’s box while dead center field requires a slugger’s strength to be reached. It is four hundred feet away from the hitter.
Although the Cardinals are the primary tenant, this handsome and modern ballpark has hosted a college football game between Southern Illinois University and Southwest Missouri State. International soccer games pitting world class teams have drawn huge crowds at Busch Stadium and concerts rule the offseason.
Music lovers have flocked to the ballpark to watch and listen to Paul McCartney, The Eagles and the Dixie Chicks, the Dave Matthews Band and U2.
This stadium is also famous for the statues that can be seen seemingly everywhere. Hall of Fame ballplayers and Cardinals favorites from this team’s storied past are immortalized in brilliantly crafted artworks. The names are legendary and include Stan “the Man” Musial, Enos Slaughter, Dizzy Dean, Rogers Hornsby, Red Schoendienst, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Ozzie Smith.
Ballpark Village, which is located just across the street from the ballpark, is a multi-purpose residential and entertainment complex that provides fans with a good time outside of Busch Stadium.
The St. Louis Cardinals and their home field are “peas in a pod,” two winners.
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