2014 Opening Day schedule

Opening DayThe season started almost a week ago.  The Cards are coming back home with a 3-3 record.  There’s no need to panic, everyone  – there’s still a lot of baseball left to be played.  Perhaps what the Cards need is a trip home to Busch Stadium.  Tomorrow, as you know, is an unofficial St. Louis holiday – Opening Day.  Thousands of fans will congregate in downtown St. Louis at various pep rallies.  Ballpark Village will be open and the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will have its grand opening.  Unfortunately, cool and rainy is the weather forecast for tomorrow.  Here’s hoping the good Lord have pity on us and clear up the clouds and the rain.

Just in case you’re going to come downtown for the festivities, I have all the details for you right here.  Here you go:

April 7, 2014 – OPENING DAY IN ST. LOUIS

How Fans Can Enjoy the Day and Support the Team

ST. LOUIS – April 4, 2014 – Monday, April 7th marks the annual return of baseball to St. Louis as the Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds at 3:15 p.m. Opening Day 2014 will feature a formal dedication of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village in the morning and a pre-game on-field ceremony that welcomes home the reigning National League Champions. Following is a schedule of official activities and information to help baseball’s best fans enjoy what has become an unofficial holiday in St. Louis. Fans are encouraged to join the social media conversation using #OpeningDaySTL.

Opening Day Ceremony

Opening Day marks the first time Cardinals fans have the opportunity to welcome home the reigning National League Champions. The Opening Day on-field ceremony will culminate in the team raising the 2013 National Championship flag – the team’s 19th National League Championship. The team will also pay tribute to the entire inaugural induction class of the new Cardinals Hall of Fame as part of the pre-game on-field ceremony. Earlier in the day (10 a.m.), the new Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones and the St. Louis Cardinals Museum will be formally dedicated in a special ceremony at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.

The on-field pre-game ceremony at Busch will feature all four of the team’s Commissioner’s Trophies from each of those World Championship teams (’67, ’82, ’06, and ’11), as well as the introduction of the Cardinals Hall of Famers and 2014 Cardinals via a Ford motorcade. This will be the first Opening Day that Tony La Russa, who will be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, will be introduced with the other Cardinals Hall of Famers wearing the signature red Hall of Fame jacket tailored by Brooks Brothers.

Schedule

 10 a.m.   Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum Dedication Ceremony: The Cardinals will host an invitation-only ceremony to formally dedicate the new Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones and the team’s new Cardinals Museum within Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village. While the ceremony is not open to the general public due to a lack of space, the team will live-stream the ceremony on cardinals.com and broadcast the ceremony on the outdoor Busch II scoreboard screen and on the 40 ft. television in FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s:  The Cardinals and Hardee’s will host a pre-game pep rally across from the Cardinals Team Store, in the Ballpark Village parking lot. Local rock band Trixie Delight will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can purchase a Hardee’s Combo Meal after regular breakfast hours from the Mobile Diner or Hardee’s restaurant on Chestnut and receive a free Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last. Other sponsors include: Budweiser, First National Bank, Fox Theatre, FOX Sports Midwest, Goodwill, Krispy Kreme, Missouri Lottery, The Muny, PNC Bank, Rawlings, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Grant’s Farm and The Tan Company.

1:15 p.m.               Gates open

Budweiser Magnet Schedule Day:  All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and over, will receive a magnet with the 2014 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser Beer.

2:30 p.m.               Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.

  • Introduction of St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, and Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder
  • Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird
  • Cardinals Hall-of-Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade, led around the warning track by a 1964 Ford Mustang. Each Cardinals Hall of Famer will be riding in a 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible.
  • Introduction of Mike ShannonDanny Cox and Jim Edmonds with past National League Championship trophies.
  • Introduction of the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2014 Ford F-150 Raptors.
  • Introduction of the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals lineups
  • 2013 National League Champions banner raised in the outfield. 
  • Color Guard provided by Ft. Leonard Wood and American Flag in Center Field, courtesy of a joint services group at Scott Air Force Base
  • American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis
  • The National Anthem will be performed by Curtis Finch, Jr. – a Top 10 Finalist on American Idol Season 12, and St. Louis native.
  • Ceremonial First Pitch by former Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.

3:15 p.m.              Game Time


 

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the game and pre-game ceremony in High Definition on FOX Sports Midwest.

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) or one of the 125 stations in the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney call the game. The expanded pre-game show starts at 1:40 p.m.

Online or On the Go

Fans may also follow the game for free on cardinals.com using the Gameday application, or via the team’s Twitter account, @Cardinals. From mobile devices, fans can keep tabs on the score using MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 14.

Getting to the Game

MoDOT will not have any scheduled lane closures on state highways inside the city limits for Opening Day. There have been several changes to roadways around the downtown area – most importantly on Memorial. Drivers should pay attention to the roadways, as the way they are used to coming to Cardinal games may have changed. From the Poplar Street Bridge, drivers can take the ramp to eastbound I-44 (formerly westbound I-70) to Washington. From northbound I-55, drivers can continue on eastbound I-44 to Walnut or to Washington. From eastbound I-70, drivers can take the new Tucker ramp into the city, or stay on westbound I-44 and exit at Broadway. Illinois drivers can now also use the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to get into downtown. When they get off the bridge, they can follow Tucker into the downtown area. As usual, Clark Street will be closed in between the stadium and Ballpark Village.

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic. To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark. Check the Metro website, MetroSt.Louis.org, forschedules and the Park-Ride lot nearest you. There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium including the RedBird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The first RedBird Express leaves 2 ½ hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes. On Opening Day, the RedBird Express will start running at noon.

Ballpark Improvements

As the Cardinals begin their ninth season of play in Busch Stadium, the team has made a number of improvements to the stadium during the offseason, including sowing the seeds of another successful season with the installation of new sod. During the fall, the Cardinals installed over 100,000 square feet of new sod. The sod, which was grown in Fort Morgan, Colorado, is a four way blend of Kentucky Bluegrass set in a 10 inch root zone that is 85% sand, 10% peat and 5% Zeopro mixture.

The team, with the help of Clayco, redesigned and reconstructed 46 of the team’s 63 luxury suites. New features include new cabinets, counter tops, flooring, furniture and artwork. Each of the reconstructed suites includes upgraded appliances with in-counter food warming units. A central table concept was introduced to create a gathering space near the TV, which gives improved access to the kitchen area. Bright red tile and upholstery give energy to the new suites, while the neutral palette, wood accents and floors recreate a comfortable, club-like feel.

Behind section 172, near the visiting team’s bullpen, the Cardinals have added a manual strikeout-counter board which will allow fans sitting in those seats to place a giant “K” on the board with every Cardinals strikeout.

Additional upgrades include:

  •  New flooring throughout select areas of the ballpark
  •  Landscape fencing to protect plants and coordinate with Ballpark Village
  •  2013 National League Champion signage added to outfield wall, dugouts and exterior south wall
  •  Busch Stadium signs on the corners received a fresh coat of paint and were converted to LED lighting
  •  The Budweiser script, clock and birds on the bat above the scoreboard were replaced with a brighter and more efficient LED powered lighting. Matching signage was added to the back of the scoreboard facing the street, replacing a Bud Light sign that was previously there.
  •  600 field lights were re-lamped to 2,000 watt elements. Lights routinely need to be replaced after operating 7-8 years in order to maintain MLB required lighting levels.
  •  The center field “Bud Light Bar and Chill” was converted into the “Budweiser 1876 Bar,” and the “Captain’s Corner” in the left field pavilion area is now the “Rita Cabana” featuring Bud Light’s Lime-a-Rita and Straw-ber-Rita products.
  •  In addition to Ballpark Village being open, several changes were made to the area around Gate 4 to ensure a great view from the Village.
  •  Pedestrian sidewalk changes at Gate 2 to provide safer access for fans coming from the south. They will no longer need to walk through the parking lot.

New Menu for 2014

Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the St. Louis Cardinals’ concessionaire for more than 50 years, is preparing to welcome fans back to the Stadium with a starting lineup of food to please every fan’s unique taste. New menu items include pastrami dogs, and flatbread pizzas as well as the brand new Island Grill outside section 142 offering fresh fish tacos, crab cake sliders and a shrimp po’boy.

The Luxury Suites will feature a new ‘Butcher Block’ experience offering turkey, beef, lamb and salmon, perfectly seasoned and prepared. And to quench a Cardinal-sized thirst, there’s a new menu of drinks include premium wines on tap, a frozen apple cider and barrel-aged cocktails.

Throughout the stadium, fans will enjoy day-fresh Budweiser Beer from every tap in the building.

New Retail for 2014

From Opening Day apparel to personalized gifts, the Busch Stadium Team Store has what fans need to look their game-day best no matter their unique style. Adding to the Team Store’s exclusive selection of limited-edition Opening Day apparel and accessories, new this year is an impressive list of new lines and novelties including a designer diamond necklace. The Team Store is going all out this season – Dooney & Bourke handbags and Alex Woo fine jewelry will make their Busch Stadium debut. Among the Woo pieces is a $1,500 diamond necklace.

Under Armour has teamed up with MLB and is now offering a new clothing line for fans. In addition, novelty items will be in abundance including the limited edition bobbleheads, picnic baskets, Hello Kitty merchandise, and an expanded line of Oyo’s and accessories. Fans will also be able to choose from an expanded line of American Needle fitted hats, which features Cooperstown and St. Louis Browns logos.

Familiar fan favorites- available in all price ranges – will still be available.

Ballpark Village – A Game Changer for Cardinals Fans

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies celebrated the formal grand opening of the $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village (#BallparkVillage) last week.

“We believe our fans will fall in love with Ballpark Village and all that is has to offer,” said Bill DeWitt Jr, Chairman and CEO of the St. Louis Cardinals. “We anticipate that Cardinals Nation and Ballpark Village will be where the best fans in baseball will come to play all year round.”

The construction of Ballpark Village represents the next step in the Cardinals’ vision for downtown St. Louis that began with the opening of the $411 million privately-financed Busch Stadium in April 2006. Located on 10 acres just north of Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village is one of the first master-planned developments designed around a new MLB ballpark.

The approximately 120,000 square foot multi-story first phase of the multi-phased project is visible beyond the center field wall and is designed to look like an extension of Busch Stadium. The project was carefully crafted to compliment the energy and excitement of the Cardinals’ game day experience, while also functioning as a year-round attraction by itself.

The first phase of Ballpark Village is anchored by Cardinals Nation, the Budweiser Brew House, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar, Howl at the Moon and Drunken Fish. Ballpark Village features five live performance stages, the largest retractable roof of its kind in the United States, one of the biggest indoor TV screens in the Midwest and an outdoor festival space that recreates the infield of the previous Busch Stadium in its exact historical location.

In addition to the construction of a 120,000 square foot state-of-the-art structure housing nine marquee venues, the first phase of Ballpark Village includes the development of the site infrastructure for the future build out of the entire 10-acre site. The remaining pad-ready development sites will allow for future phases to be developed more quickly since the basic infrastructure is already in place. In future phases, the team hopes to add residential, office and retail, as well as more restaurants and entertainment venues to the mixed-use neighborhood.

Cards Nation

Fans visiting Ballpark Village on Opening Day and throughout the season will want to make it a point to visit Cardinals Nation.

Cardinals Nation offers fans of all ages a one-of-kind, world championship caliber experience unlike any place else.  Cardinals Nation is the ultimate Cardinals headquarters –THE place for fans to remember, celebrate and create unforgettable Cardinals moments and experience the tradition – -every day! A 34,000 square foot venue on four levels, Cardinals Nation features a high-energy, state-of-the-art two-story restaurant and bar, an 8,000 square foot world-class Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a Cardinals Authentics (#CardsAuthentics) retail store featuring game-used memorabilia, and a 334-seat roof top deck with spectacular game views and an all-inclusive experience unlike anything in baseball today.

 Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar is a casual, family oriented restaurant serving traditional American favorites with a contemporary infusion of regionally grown, fresh ingredients and flavor combinations, all enjoyed in the midst of the rich history and tradition of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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The Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar sets a new standard for sport-inspired restaurants. Featuring a high-energy, memorabilia-infused space designed by the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Beers International, this 500-seat restaurant on two floors has three separate patios, two kitchens, six full-service bars, and unparalleled sports-viewing courtesy of over 60 flat screen TVs.

The two-story restaurant space is filled with Cardinals history and memories. The first floor of the restaurant features a contemporary design illuminated by a custom ceiling fixture comprised of two corresponding 54-foot long curved aluminum light bars with 108 15-watt LED light bars designed to mimic the seams of a baseball.  While the stitch lights will primarily glow a bright Cardinals red, they may be programmed to display any color to set the mood for special occasions. Additional design features include custom made ceiling fans comprised of actual baseball bats, a stairwell with engraved home plates in the wood, and baseball themed design features in the restrooms.

Bringing an old school vibe to contemporary dining experience, the sports-inspired menu and atmosphere customized for baseball fans and foodies is a grand slam. From local favorites to innovative creations, whatever comes out of the kitchen is guaranteed to satisfy any major league appetite.

The Cardinals Nation menu features traditional ballpark fare such as nachos and chicken wings to a continental lineup of shrimp cocktail, steak, pasta and a catch of the day, all served in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

The menu includes:  Home Stand French Fries, Redbirds Nest (Buttermilk Fried Sweet Onions), Flatbread Caprese pizza, World Champion Grilled Cheese (4 cheeses on toasted sour dough), Gold Glove Burger (choice of burger topped with caramelized onion, white cheddar, herb mayo on a Kaiser bun) and Mac ‘n Cheese. It’s everything you expect and more, with a couple of mouth-watering, jaw-dropping “curve balls.” Fans can make reservations at cardinals.com/cardinalsnation.

The Cardinals Authentics Shop (#CardsAuthentics)

AuthenticsOwn Your Own Piece of Cardinals History

Fans will find that gearing up for baseball just got easier with the debut of a new 800 square foot Cardinals Authentics Shop located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation adjacent to the Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar. With the grand opening of Cardinals Nation Authentics, there are now two locations to shop for genuine Cardinals gear and own a piece of St. Louis history!  Both Cardinals Authentics locations (inside Cardinals Nation and Busch Stadium in the Ford Plaza north of Gate 6) specialize in official, game-used, limited edition and autographed collectibles and memorabilia direct from the club. Both stores offer a great selection of current and vintage Cardinals apparel, as well as one-of-a-kind collectibles. Open Daily: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; on game nights, the shop will remain open 1 hour post game.

HOF Logo FinalThe Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum at Cardinals Nation

Our Home.  Our History.  Our Heroes.

Opening April 7th to the general public following a formal dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. that will be streamed live on cardinals.com, the new Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation features the largest team-held collection in baseball. The collection is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 16,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. With over 8,000 square feet on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Museum (#CardsMuseum) celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.

The new museum allows the Cardinals to showcase the team’s extensive collection of Cardinals artifacts, memorabilia and photography in a way that brings to life the amazing story of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.

The Museum walks visitors through the history of the Cardinals, beginning with the early days of Sportsman’s Park through today’s celebrated stadium and team. Each stage of the Museum has been carefully designed to reflect the historic stadium architecture and the time period being explored. The walk through history is accomplished through changing photographic pallets, case designs, and park aesthetics like appropriate woodwork and steel trusses.

The Cardinals designed the museum galleries to be fun, immersive, time-traveling experiences for all fans, whether they are long-time die-hard fans or those just beginning to fall in love with the team. The design of the new Cardinals Museum integrates historic artifacts with state-of-the-art touchscreen technology and other multi-media to create immersive environments.

“Our intention is to appeal to a wide variety of audiences with the new museum, from rookies to veterans,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “Our design team and museum staff did an excellent job of creating a museum that fans will want to experience many times over.”

The Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum Experience

The Hall of Fame: The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones displays the official plaques of the Cardinals players honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The exhibit offers a number of touch-screen interactive displays that allow fans to dig deeper into the honorees, learning more about their lives, careers, statistics, and videos from their biggest moments. The Hall of Fame is free and open to the public.

The Cardinal Way: The first gallery of the Museum showcases a feature video introducing visitors to “The Cardinal Way,” which is a philosophy on how to play baseball and develop players, created in the early days of the club and still celebrated today.

Sportsman’s Park: The second gallery transports fans back to the days of the first Cardinals ballpark. Paying homage to the “Knothole Gang,” children from the early 1900s who couldn’t afford tickets to games but would watch through the knotholes in the walls, this space allows visitors to peek into the first days of the team and experience the Broadcast Booth where they can record their own sportscaster broadcast of thrilling Cardinals moments.

Busch II: This space celebrates the players and major events during the period of the second stadium, with design touches of the field’s grasses and the famous “bottle-cap” rim of the stadium. The gallery features, like the other exhibits within the museum, a large highlight reel from the era. The film occasionally pauses and strobes flash as the crowd captures landmark grand-slams and base-steals. Amongst legendary artifacts, guests can hold the real bats from the greatest Cardinals hitters for photo opportunities in a home-plate setting.

Look of the Cardinals: A colorful, fun gallery which explores the development of the team’s logo throughout its entire history, from uniforms to memorabilia, stadiums to equipment.

Championship Gallery: Highlighted in bright gold and the flags of the World Series Championship trophies, this gallery celebrates the Cardinals’ 11 World Series Championships and numerous National League Championships, including four actual World Championship trophies.

Busch III: The sixth gallery of the new Museum is a tribute to the current baseball stadium, where fans can “interview” four recent Cardinals managers to get their different thoughts on challenging baseball topics, or explore the touch screens which display all of the statistics in real-time of the current roster.

Changing Exhibit Gallery: To accommodate the immense collection of Cardinals artifacts and memorabilia, a changing exhibit gallery will always offer something new to see for fans to come back and visit again. Exhibits may feature championships, the evolution of baseball equipment, or famous Cardinals like Stan Musial or Fredbird.

Cardinal Nation: The final gallery in the new museum is all about the fans. Visitors can input their hometown location on a massive screen, which will showcase how “Cardinal Nation” reaches across the globe. A Give-Away gallery will celebrate all of the fun, great giveaways baseball fans have received at the stadium over the years, from bobble-heads to mini bats, jerseys to World Series ring replicas. Fans can also record their answers and opinions on the Question-of-the-Week, which could get featured on the stadium’s big screen during Cardinals games. The entire experience finishes with a stylish donor wall, thanking the nearly-countless number of donors who helped make the museum, and its collection, possible.

The new Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will be open year round in Ballpark Village across from Busch Stadium, and tickets may be purchased atcardinals.com/museum.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones

Located just outside the new Cardinals Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Cardinals Hall of Fame (#CardsHOF) presented by Edward Jones, will always be accessible to fans at no cost. Created to honor the players and personalities who have had the greatest impact on the franchise, the Cardinals Hall of Fame gives fans a new way to connect and learn about our team’s great heritage. Fans will vote on new inductees annually and interactive kiosks help you learn more about these Cardinal greats with photos, videos and statistics. Members of the Hall of Fame will be permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones with plaques produced by Mathews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The new Cardinals Hall of Fame will also be dedicated on Monday, April 7th at 10 a.m.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones

Located just outside the new Cardinals Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Cardinals Hall of Fame (#CardsHOF) presented by Edward Jones, will always be accessible to fans at no cost. Created to honor the players and personalities who have had the greatest impact on the franchise, the Cardinals Hall of Fame gives fans a new way to connect and learn about our team’s great heritage. Fans will vote on new inductees annually and interactive kiosks help you learn more about these Cardinal greats with photos, videos and statistics. Members of the Hall of Fame will be permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones with plaques produced by Mathews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The new Cardinals Hall of Fame will also be dedicated on Monday, April 7th at 10 a.m.

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The AT&T Rooftop at Cardinals Nation

When fans visit the AT&T Rooftop at Cardinals Nation, they will be blown away by the view.  Featuring over 330 seats on two levels, the all-inclusive AT&T Rooftop ballgame experience features a delicious all-you-care-to-eat buffet and full service bar as well as complimentary admission to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s out of the park!

 

Busch II Infield

Busch IIFans coming down for Opening Day festivities will want to check out the Busch II Infield park in Ballpark Village next to Cardinals Nation. Located outside the West entrance of Cardinals Nation, and in its exact historic home, is the Busch II infield – an outdoor park programmed with family-friendly events all year long. The turf-covered baseball diamond sits in the exact infield footprint left by Busch Stadium II (1966 – 2005). Featuring a 12 foot by 20 foot video display as part of the scoreboard, the infield provides fans a gathering place to watch the big game or enjoy an outdoor concert while eating Ted Drewes Frozen Custard at the Dugout Bar.

 While standing on the infield, memories come to life through the aide of a larger-than-life mural on the west Ballpark Village wall. Pictured is a photograph taken during a pre-game ceremony in 2005 at one of the final games at old Busch. The image provides fans with the precise view they would have had from behind home plate.

The infield park is the site of can’t miss events and can’t forget memories all year long, as well as being one of two locations that visitors can purchase St. Louis’ favorite frozen custard, Ted Drewes (the other location is within FOX Sports Midwest Live!). Ted Drewes has been selling frozen custard and Christmas trees in the St. Louis region since he opened his first Gateway City location in 1930.

Cardinals Media Guide, Magazine & Scorecards Available

Media guideIn time for Opening Day, the St. Louis Cardinals 2014 Official Media Guide is available to fans for purchase online at cardinals.com/mediaguide in addition to being sold at the ballpark and in Ballpark Village. Typically available only to sportswriters, broadcasters, baseball executives and scouts, the Cardinals annual media guide is the ultimate insider’s resource.

The Cardinals 2014 Media Guide can be purchased for $20 at cardinals.com/mediaguide, at the Team Store inside Busch Stadium, at each gate where scorecards are sold, at the Cardinals Authentics Shop in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village, and by phone at 314-345-9000.

MagazineCardinals Magazine kicks off its 22nd season of publication with a star-studded cover story featuring the “Big W’s”: Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright, whose names make for nice alliteration and whose personalities add equal parts laughter, lessons and life stories of what it takes to win in the majors. This jam-packed keepsake goes behind-the-scenes of Ballpark Village with team president Bill DeWitt III, unveils the spectacular 2013 NL Champions players’ ring, and sits down with Matt Carpenter as he relives his memorable 11-pitch at-bat against Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 of the 2013 NLCS—the plate appearance that ignited the Cards’ series-clinching victory. Even more, Issue 1 presents fans with  an in-depth look at some of the organization’s notable prospects through the eyes of farm director Gary LaRocque, departments featuring Peter Bourjos, Randy Choate, Joe Kelly and Wainwright, and the 1st installment of a season-long 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 world championship.

The season-opening edition is also available in digital form through many of today’s popular e-devices. And new for 2014, the Cardinals Magazine e-pub will now include exclusive videos and photo galleries with every edition. Issue 1 will feature videos of the 2013 NL Champions ring and the 11-pitch sequence between Carpenter and Kershaw from the NLCS, as well as a photo gallery showcasing Ballpark Village.

Throughout the season, the magazine is on sale for just $5 at Busch Stadium at all gates, the team store, and Cardinals Authentics inside Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village. It’s also available at many STL retailers: Schnucks, Dierbergs, Shop ‘n Save, QT, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a print or digital subscription, please visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9303. Sign up today and receive a ticket voucher good for two seats to most Monday-Thursday home games in 2014.

ScorecardAlso on sale at Busch Stadium this season is the popular 2014 Official Scorecard, featuring the striking artistic designs of local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003. This year’s edition commemorates the franchise’s 19th NL Pennant and the opening of Ballpark Village. Inside, the scorecard also teaches fans how to score the “Cardinal Way”—a storied tradition by club officials that dates back to the 1940s. During games, fans can purchase Cardinals Magazine and the Official Scorecard together for just $5 at all gates.

BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER

Bag Inspections Policy

  • The standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium will be in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.
  • Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras and will be subject to inspection.  No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB credentials.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages such as water and soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.
  • Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.
  • Small banners and signs are allowed.  Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.
  • Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process.
  • Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.

Exit/Re-entry Policy

Standard Exit/Re-entry Policies are in effect. Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand stamped at Gates 1, 2 or 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect. Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/Re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gates 1, 2 and 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Fans will get their hand stamped as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

Someone must have paid attention to my blog post last year about the Hall of Fame Museum – a lot of my suggestions are in the list above.  :)  I hope that all this information was helpful.  So let’s go Cards!  Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

3 Comments

There’s no need to panic when you have the surging Cubs knocking on your door :)

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Does anyone know when the Cardinal tradition of players riding in cars or trucks on opening day started? I know the HOFers being introduced started with the current owners. Gussie rode the Clydesdales in the 80s. I do not recall the players riding in autos in the 70s or 80s. Anyone remember or have photos?

That’s a very good question. My hubby seems to think that it started when DeWitt bought the team. I will ask my fellow bloggers and see if one of them have a definite answer.

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