The message to Cardinals fans hoping to see the Cardinals in action at the new Busch Stadium during its inaugural 2006 season is simple: Buy your tickets early.
With more than three million tickets already committed for the coming season, just more than 500,000 tickets will be available when single game tickets go on sale at on Saturday, March 4. Tickets will go on sale at stlcardinals.com, by phone at 314/345-9000, and on location at Schnucks Markets and the Cardinals Team Clubhouse Shops at St. Louis Union Station, the St. Louis Galleria and St. Clair Square. There will be no stadium box office sales.
Party rooms and picnic areas – the Bank of America Club and the Coca-Cola Scoreboard Patio – are on sale now in advance of single game tickets going on sale March 4. Most games are available, including some that are already standing room only.
"The opening of the new Busch Stadium means the demand for Cardinals tickets, and the scarcity of tickets, have each never been greater in the history of the ballclub," said Cardinals President Mark Lamping. "We want our fans fully informed as to what they can expect when tickets go on sale March 4, emphasize that fans should buy early, and remind them that party rooms and tickets in picnic areas are on sale now."
Meanwhile, fans interested in the Tuesday, April 4, exhibition game between the Springfield Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds – can purchase tickets beginning at this Saturday, Feb. 25, at stlcardinals.com or by phone at 314/345-9000 (tickets for the exhibition game will not be sold at Schnucks or Cardinals Team Clubhouse locations). Tickets for the game between the Cardinals' top-tier minor league affiliates are reserved and range from $10 to $20.
Of the more than three million tickets committed for the Cardinals' 2006 season, approximately 2.2 million are dedicated to season ticket holders. For the first time in club history, the Cardinals have closed the sale of season tickets, which will account for approximately 27,500 tickets per game in 2006.
Roughly 300,000 tickets have been sold to groups, 117,000 sold in the form of four-game packages, 86,000 sold in party areas and 120,000 committed to various club obligations. The Cardinals have also dedicated approximately 170,000 tickets to charity this season.
"The Cardinals are proud to continue our longstanding commitment to provide free tickets to charitable organizations and kids throughout the area," said Lamping. "In addition to maintaining our free admission policy for the military, public safety personnel, the clergy, and area amateur baseball coaches, we are reserving over $4 million worth of free tickets for charitable groups and deserving young Cardinals fans."
The new stadium offers more party rooms than ever before. Options include:
· Redbird Row Party Rooms: With themes such as "Cardinals MVPs," "Cardinals Golden Gloves," and "Rookies of the Year," these 18 party rooms each accommodate 40-60 people.
· Cardinals Legends Party Rooms: These 14 rooms on the third terrace in right field honor such greats as Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Jack Buck, and Albert Pujols.
· World Championship Party Rooms: Scheduled for completion in mid-July, these nine party rooms on the second terrace in left field are dedicated to the Cardinals' World Championship teams and each accommodates 40 guests.
Amenities in all of the party rooms include a climate-controlled social area, soft drink and beer service, and snacks throughout the game. Prices range from $82-102/ticket. Larger groups can be accommodated by connecting adjacent rooms and catered buffets are available.
Fans may also enjoy two special picnic areas:
· Coca-Cola Scoreboard Patio: Located in centerfield and similar to the old Busch Stadium's Batter's Eye Club, the Scoreboard Patio accommodates up to 240 people with a two-hour, all-you-can-eat picnic buffet, soft drink and beer service, with game tickets available in tables of four. Pricing is $80-100/ticket.
Party rooms and tickets to the picnic areas are available now by calling (314) 345-9000; tickets to the picnic areas are also available to purchase online at stlcardinals.com.
Single game ticket prices will range from $13 to $42 for most games, and $18 to $47 for any of the 20 premium dates (Opening Day, Saturday games and all games vs. the Chicago Cubs).
At the home opener on April 10 until July 2, Busch Stadium will accommodate 40,713 fans at each game. After the All-Star Break, following the completion of seating areas in left field, official capacity for Busch Stadium will be 46,861.