Busch Stadium (II)
St. Louis, MO
|Team: St. Louis Cardinals||Opening Day: May 12, 1966|
|Capacity: 49,676||Dimensions: Foul Lines 330, Power Alleys 386, CF 414 (1966) Foul Lines 330, Power Alleys 372, CF 402 (1992)|
|Surface: grass (1966-69), AstroTurf (1970-83), AstroTuff-8 (1984-95) grass (1996-2005)||Architects: Sverdrup & Parcel and Associates, Edward Durell Stone, Schwarz & Van Hoefen, Associated|
|Owner: St. Louis Cardinals||Style: concrete doughnut|
|Closing Day: October 20, 2005|
By far, Busch Stadium (II) is the best multi-use (concrete doughnut) stadium out there. Although it was most recently used for football in 1995 by the Rams, this park has a baseball park feel to it. However that is about the only positive thing I can say about it. There is anything really bad about this park, either. Oh, I just thought of something positive to write again. I did like the manual scoreboards and flags flying in the outfield.
This park stands right near the Arch. The Arch, which represents the gateway to the west, is one impressive monument. This stadium was built as part of a downtown revitalization project. Hey, it worked. Downtown St. Louis is perfectly charming, although a little small. Ironically Busch Stadium (I) now stands in a crappy part of town. Ninety-six arches surround the roof of the park. The bullpens used to be where the family picnic area and the manual scoreboards are. They are now located at field level. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", played on the organ, has replaced the Anheuser-Busch "King of Beers" song as the song played at the 7th inning stretch. In 1973, when this stadium converted to AstroTurf, they kept the infield all dirt until 1974. There is a Cardinals Hall of Fame outside with a statue of Stan "The Man" Musial and a monument to each World Series victory. In perhaps one of MLB's crueler moves, they mandated that all Cubs' home playoff games from 1986 to 1988 (when lights went up at Wrigley Field) be played here. The Cardinals and Cubs are fierce rivals.
Cardinals retired numbers are (in numerical order and the years they were retired):
Current day Busch Stadium (II):
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