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Busch Stadium

Our guide to Busch Stadium includes information on events, tickets, parking, public transportation, nearby hotels and restaurants, seating, food and more. Read on to find out how to get the most out of your gameday experience.

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We like visiting stadiums and arenas around the country for many reasons but one of the most prominent is the ability to see what makes a region tick. We believe that if you look closely enough at a team, its fan base, and, yes, its stadium, you can really get a feel for a region’s tastes, its styles, its beliefs, and quite simply, its personalities.

So what does Busch Stadium say about fans of the St. Louis Cardinals?

Well, folks are definitely polite, befitting the Midwest feel. They’re proud as well — having witnessed two championships in a six-season span, they have 11 titles overall to boast about.

But “loyal” is the word that most easily comes to mind. These fans love their team — and that’s not a unique statement, sure, but St. Louis’ love affair with the Cardinals truly delves into the realm of fervent devotion.

There’s a reason this place has picked up the nickname “baseball heaven,” and while other markets can argue the merits of their team and their fans, they would have a hard time topping the devotion Cardinals fans show their team.

With the “new” Busch, opened in 2006 to replace its cookie-cutter predecessor, you have a veritable shrine to the team, with nods to its history both subtle and obvious at every turn, and very distinctive to the region in which it’s situated. As a visitor, I had a great time exploring what St. Louis Cardinals baseball is all about.

For more on visiting St. Louis, check out our St. Louis sports travel guide.

Getting to the ballpark

Busch Stadium is ideally located in downtown St. Louis, with Interstate 64 running right by it, two other interstates close by and the glorious Gateway Arch within shouting distance. In short, if you see the Arch and you’re on an interstate, you shouldn’t have much problem finding the ballpark. Click here for detailed driving directions.

For those who’d rather skip the burden of driving into downtown and parking for a game at Busch Stadium, there’s an attractive alternative. St. Louis’ Metrolink light rail system consists of two lines that converge and run along the same tracks going through downtown.

The Stadium station serves Busch Stadium and is located right across 8th Street from the ballpark’s third-base gate (though it’s below street level, so look out for the signs with the Metro’s block-M logo).

A single-ride fare costs $2.50 but it’s worth it to pay $7,50 for a one-day pass, which serves two purposes if you’re a visitor: 1) it allows you to avoid the crush of Cardinals fans trying to buy a ticket after the game, and 2) it encourages you to see a little bit more of St. Louis than just the area around the ballpark, which we’ll cover in the section below.

Also, taking the train gives you the option of staying in a cheaper hotel outside the downtown core and then riding to Busch Stadium. Though there are plenty of hotels downtown and within walking distance of Busch Stadium, you can expect the rates there to be significantly higher than lodging options outside the central city area, and even more so during Cardinals homestands.

If you are coming from the St. Louis suburbs across the Mississippi River in Illinois, you can also take advantage of the Redbird Express bus service, which takes fans from St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights to the ballpark. The stadium drop-off and pickup point is at the corner of Clark Avenue and Broadway, near Gates 5 and 6. Round-trip tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12 (children under 2 ride for free).

Parking at Busch Stadium

If you are driving, there are plenty of parking options around downtown and in the immediate vicinity of Busch Stadium, mostly in independently owned lots on the other side of I-64. The sizable St. Louis Parking Company operates a number of these lots, which you can find information about here

Look just south of I-64 along 7th Street for less-trafficked parking options, which sometimes offer cheaper rates than the more visible structures north of the highway (usually $10 or less) but are a comparable walking distance away.

St. Louis hotels near Busch Stadium

The Westin St. Louis – 0.1 miles away
Live! by Loews – St. Louis – 0.1 miles away
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark – 0.2 miles away
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Map of the surrounding area

Things to do around the ballpark

It’s downtown, so there’s plenty to see, do, eat and drink around the ballpark before the game — particularly on a Sunday. One option: Go visit the Arch, which I chose to do and, judging by the number of people in Cardinals gear roaming the grounds next to and underneath the Arch, so did many others.

Since Busch Stadium’s opening in 2006, the neighborhood surrounding the ballpark has received an influx of food, drink and nightlife options, so if you’re looking for some good eats or a nice watering hole before first pitch, it pays to get to the area early and walk around a bit. 

The Cardinals themselves capitalized on this several years back by constructing the Ballpark Village across Clark Avenue from Busch Stadium. Continuing the trend of having entertainment districts for fans to mingle prior to sporting events, Busch Stadium’s version contains no less than 12 places where you can stop and eat or drink, ranging from stands to sit-down joints. 

The Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum is located within the Ballpark Village — it’s part of Cardinals Nation, which features a two-story restaurant, a pro shop and a rooftop deck where fans can buy tickets to a seating area and watch the game without entering Busch Stadium, similar to the rooftop bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Recently opened next to the Ballpark Village is the Live! by Loews hotel, which offers more options in the way of food, drink and nightlife next to Busch Stadium.

Rather stay away from the hustle and bustle of the Ballpark Village? Just try walking a few blocks in any direction to see a number of nearby restaurants. You’ll find the most options heading north into the core of downtown St. Louis, or west toward Enterprise Center.

(Side note: We don’t usually write about postgame things to do in this space, but in St. Louis there’s one worth checking out: Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. They have two locations, including the Chippewa location about a mile from the Shrewsbury stop on Metrolink if you don’t mind the walk through a fairly quiet middle-class neighborhood. You’ll find a pretty darn good frozen custard — don’t call it ice cream — and a chance to fraternize with fellow baseball fans who will gladly talk to you about the game, as I also found.)

St. Louis restaurants near Busch Stadium

Budweiser Brew House at the Ball Park – pub, 0.1 miles away
Fox Sports Midwest Live! – pub, 0.1 miles away
Clark Street Grill – American, 0.1 miles away
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Watching a game at Busch Stadium

Just a good look at Busch Stadium as you’re approaching reveals quite a lot about it and its place in St. Louis architecture.

This is particularly true at the third-base gate, as fans enter under a distinctive arched walkway. It’s easy to think that the design was meant to mimic the Arch, but it’s actually a nod to the Eads Bridge, a historic structure that crosses the Mississippi River just north of downtown. The Arch gets its own nod in the image cut into the outfield grass — and also the quite stunning view of the real thing beyond right-center field.

It seems a lot of new-era ballparks were built with cozy seating bowls, but with Busch Stadium this is not the case, and that’s quite all right. It feels big for a 45,000-seat stadium, and my seat in the 400 level, first-base side, felt high, but not so much so that I couldn’t make out things happening on the field.

I left my seating area early on and spent different parts of the game roaming around Busch Stadium and watching from a couple standing-room only spots, and other than having to look over the row of fans in front of me, visibility was not an issue. There are a number of decent standing spots around the ballpark, so if you feel like stretching your legs, you don’t have to feel like you’re going to miss significant chunks of the game.

Food and drink at Busch Stadium

The food selection is one of the areas in which Busch Stadium really shines. Loaded hot dogs, build-your-own nachos, smoked chicken legs, specialty burgers — the selection is quite wide.

There are a few good unique-to-St. Louis and unique-to-ballpark food items at Busch Stadium, too, if you look hard enough. The “Bratzel” (a bratwurst wrapped in pretzel dough), mini donuts served in a Cardinals batting helmet, knishes (meat or potato fillings encased in pastry dough) — all worth sampling.

Oh, and Budweiser beer, of course, this being St. Louis and Busch Stadium. But the beer selection isn’t limited to just Bud, as Leinenkugel’s, Pabst, Goose Island and several other brands are available. Visit the 1764 Craft Pub on the 100-level concourse (near Section 141) to find the widest selection of craft beers.

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