Busch Stadium Critique…

First, I would like to thank everyone who sent me an email saying they wanted to do a critique of a stadium they have been to. Pretty cool. Again, if anyone wants to do a stadium critique for Stadium 411, send it over to abernacchio77@hotmail.com. I would love to hear what people’s thoughts were of a stadium they have been to.

This stadium critique is for the home of the St Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium. This critique was given by friend of 15 years (man am I getting old), resident Cardinals fan and a lover of the veggie burger……Tom Spirakis.

Busch Stadium Critique

My family and I went to Busch Stadium in July 2006. We got to see a great game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The game went into extra innings and ended in the bottom of the 14thwith an Albert Pujols walk off homerun. We had great seats on the field level behind home plate and could not have asked for a better ballgame experience.

Busch Stadium

Busch Stadium

The stadium is beautifully designed and embraces the rich history of the Cardinals. As you walk around the exterior of the stadium you can’t help but feel as though you are part of something bigger, it’s more then just going to a game. The statues around the stadium remind you of the greats who’ve worn the Birds on a Bat across their chest. You can also peek into the stadium from street level behind center field.

Pros

The first thing you noticed compared to the old Busch Stadium is the spaciousness of the concourse. Walking to your seats or to a concession stand is not like a mosh pit. The staff, ushers, and security are as nice as can be. Perhaps it’s that Mid-West charm. An added touch that helped my personal experience was the Build A Bear Workshop.  That occupied and entertained my daughter for a large portion of the game. We took a tour of the Stadium and aside from getting to sit in the dugout and walk on the field, we got to experience that there may not be a bad seat in the house. Maybe my favorite part of Busch Stadium is the fact that the Gateway Arch is now perfectly placed behind center field. I could never understand why the stadiums in NY (both new and old) never took advantage of the NYC skyline. Busch Stadium captures an unmistakable piece of the City’s identity and places it into the landscape of the stadium. The view is awesome!

 

Cons

The price of the concessions are still over priced.  Beer/food and souvenirs are going to cost you a bundle. Another major downfall is the space where the old Busch Stadium sat. The plans for a Ballpark Village seem very distant. Instead you have an empty lot with a giant puddle. Not quite what they had in mind when they awarded St. Louis the 2009 All-Star Game. 
 
Overall Game Day Experience

At least 9 out of 10. It was totally worth driving half way across the country for a game. I highly recommend taking in a game with what are probably some of the most knowledgeable, loyal, and friendly fans in baseball…. CARDINAL NATION.

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