Single Game Tickets Will Go Fast on Saturday

In other words, he who hesitates may be lost and left without tickets.

The inaugural season of the new Busch Stadium has caused unprecedented pre-season ticket demand for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Last week, the organization closed season ticket sales for the first time in history and then quickly sold out the April 4 exhibition game between the Springfield Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds, with fans purchasing all 11,000 tickets available in about 20 minutes.


The Cardinals expect similar results on Saturday, when single game tickets will be made available for the public to purchase beginning at 9 a.m..  Tickets are available 24 hours a day at and from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily through the Cardinals Charge Line at 314/345-9000.  Fans may also purchase tickets 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.


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).  Fans may purchase tickets for up to ten games, with a limit of two tickets for Opening Day and a maximum of eight tickets for any other game. 


"We cannot emphasize enough to Cardinals fans who want to catch a game in Busch Stadium this season to act on Saturday the moment tickets go on sale at 9 a.m.," said Cardinals President Mark Lamping.  "The intense demand for tickets is understandable with a new ballpark, a perennial division champion, an MVP and a Cy Young winner.  We have the best fans in baseball, and we know they're ready for the 2006 season as proven by the sellout of the April 4 exhibition game in 20 minutes."


More than 3,000 tickets per game are available for many attractive dates, including:

-        The first night game on Wednesday, April 12, vs. Milwaukee.

-        The first 12:10 p.m. weekday game on Thursday, April 13, vs. Milwaukee.

-        The Pittsburgh Pirates on April 24 and 26, and Sept. 1-3.

-        The Washington Nationals on April 26-27.

-        The New York Mets series, May 16-18.

-        The Houston Astros on May 31, Sept. 11 and Sept. 13.

-        The Chicago Cubs on Friday, June 2, and Aug. 25-26.

-        The Cincinnati Reds on June 5 and 7, and Aug. 15-17.

-        The Colorado Rockies on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17.

-        The Cleveland Indians series, June 26-28.

-        The Kansas City Royals on Friday, June 30.

-        The Los Angeles Dodgers series, July 13-16.

-        The Atlanta Braves series, July 17-19.

-        The Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 2-3.

-        The Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 4-5 and Sept. 28-29.

-        The Florida Marlins on Aug. 30-31.

-        The San Francisco Giants series, Sept. 15-17.

-        The San Diego Padres Series, Sept. 25-27.


Of the more than three million tickets committed for the Cardinals' 2006 season, approximately 2.2 million are dedicated to season ticket holders, accounting 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.


At the home opener on Monday, April 10, vs. Milwaukee through all games until July 2, Busch Stadium will accommodate 40,713 fans (including standing room) at each game. After the All-Star Break, following the completion of seating areas in left field, Busch Stadium will accommodate 46,861 fans, including standing room.

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