This is not the first Busch: the original stadium was named for Cardinals team owner Gussie Busch. When the first Busch closed in 1966, the team moved to Busch Memorial Stadium. Now, the stadium is named after Anheuser-Busch and not Gussie Busch.
Opened in 2006, Busch Stadium is the home to the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. It is also known as New Busch Stadium and Busch Stadium III. It replaced Busch Memorial Stadium and a portion of the new stadium sits on a part of the former stadium's footprint. It is located in downtown St. Louis.
The very first game played at the stadium was between the Memphis Redbirds and the Springfield Cardinals, two minor league affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was played on April 4, 2006. The Cardinals played the first official game at the stadium on April 10, 2006 against the Milwaukee Brewers, which the Cardinals won by a score of 6-4.
One of the most popular sporting events to be held at the stadium other than baseball was the friendly soccer match between the Chelsea Football Club and the Manchester City Football Club back in 2013.
In the first season Busch Stadium was open, the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series by defeating the Detroit Tigers in five games to capture the title. In 2009, the Cardinals hosted the MLB All-Star Game and all of its festivities, including the Home Run Derby. Get inside this iconic baseball venue with St. Louis Cardinals tickets.
The first concert held at the stadium came in 2008 when the Dave Matthews Band played in front of 35,000 people. The Black Crowes opened for the popular band. Other bands to play at the stadium include The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks and U2.
Aside from the St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium has been home to other tenants since it opened in 2006. They include the Missouri Tigers baseball team for one home game per season. This tradition began in 2009. Local high school teams have also played games at the stadium following afternoon weekend games played by the Cardinals.
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions
For fans coming from the North or South of the stadium, it is best to take I-55 to get the ballpark. For those coming from the East or West, I-70 and I-64 are the best routes. There is plenty of parking available in multiple lots outside of the stadium, with handicap accessible parking spots. There are three handicapped drop-off locations at the stadium. They are located at the Parking Lot A & Poplar, 8th & Clark, and the Broadway entrances of the stadium.
For those not wishing to walk to the ballpark or drive, the Metrolink is available. There is a stop at Union Station and one right across the street from Busch Stadium. Many hotels are within walking distance from the stadium, with some no more than 10 blocks away.