A pre-game ceremony
honoring the reigning N.L. Central Division Champions, 2010 Hall of Fame
Inductee Whitey Herzog and the 25th anniversary of the '85 Cardinals' N.L.
Championship will punctuate a day of activities celebrating the annual return of
11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee's: The Cardinals will host a pre-game pep rally located in the Ballpark Village Lot, located directly across from Busch Stadium, at the corner of Clark Street and South Broadway. Local 80s cover band Trixie Delight will perform from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Throughout the performance, they will be joined on-stage Cardinals Alumni, Fredbird and Team Fredbird. Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win tickets to Opening Day and receive a free gameday tattoo and a collectible Opening Day Pennant, while supplies last. Other sponsors in attendance will include Bad Boy Mowers, The Drunken Fish, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, the Missouri Secretary of State's Office, The Muny and Scotts.
1:15 p.m. Gates open
Busch Magnet Schedule Day: All fans ages 21 and over will receive a magnet with the 2010 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Busch Beer.
2:30 p.m. Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.
Cardinals Hall-of-Famers, 2010 HOF Inductee Whitey Herzog and the 2010 team will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade around the warning track.
Introduce several members of the 1985 National League Champion Cardinals including Jack Clark, Ken Dayley, Rick Horton, Andy Van Slyke and others.
American Bald Eagle flight,
courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of
A moment of silence to honor former Cardinals owner Nick Kladis and former Cardinals President & Chief Executive Officer Fred Kuhlmann
Neal E. Boyd, 2007 winner of
Air Force Flyover of A-10 Thunderbolts
Ceremonial First Pitch – Whitey Herzog
3:15 p.m. Game Time
Watching on TV
Fans can watch the game and pre-game ceremony in High Definition on FS-Midwest.
Fans can tune into KTRS (550 AM) or one of the 117 stations in the Cardinals Radio Network stations to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the game.
Getting to the Game / Ramp Closures on I-64
The Missouri Department of
Transportation reminds fans that the eastbound Interstate 64 exit ramp at
The westbound Interstate 64 exit
Alternative Transportation Reminder
Metro Link is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic.
As the Cardinals begin their fifth season of play in the new Busch Stadium, a number of improvements have been made during the off-season.
Cardinals have enclosed and upgraded the Cardinals Authentics store in
Brick wainscoting has been added to the suite level of the ballpark.
Historic logo graphics have been added to the stadium's large main stairwells.
Many areas of the ballpark have been freshly painted in anticipation of the 2010 season.
New for the 2010 Season
Credit and debit cards are now accepted at all concession stands, including portables, as the team's concessionaire, Deleware North Companies Sportservice, has upgraded the stadium's point of sale system.
The Cardinals have launched Cards Cash, a convenient affordable value that allows fans to store money on a game ticket bar code to be used for purchases throughout the ballpark. (Fans can add $12 Cards Cash to their ticket for just $10)
The team's Party Suites now include a full-catered buffet with the price of a ticket. The catered suites include Hunter Hot Dogs, BBQ beef, chicken breasts, nachos, baked beans, beer and soda at no additional cost.
From a retail perspective, fans will find more souvenir items priced under $12, as well as a new NIKE/Haddad children's kiosk on the concourse near Ford Plaza, a new dynamic customized jersey-making experience at Fans' Nest at Broadway and the chance to purchase a professional quality photo of their outing at Busch Stadium with FanFoto located adjacent to the US Cellular Family Pavilion.
culinary front, fans will find the concessions menu infused with a variety of
St. Louis-inspired creations, including: hand-rolled Mama
Toscano's Toasted Ravioli (at Dizzy's Diner locations); the
The team is also launching a Fan Texting System to give fans a discreet, instant way to alert stadium personnel of guest services issues by sending a quick text message. For Security and Guest Services concerns fans should text keyword: "STLCARDS" + issue and location to 69050.
April 26th, 2K Sports in the
A Decade of Excellence (2000 – 2009)
Monday's game against the Houston
Astros not only marks the first home game of the 2010-season, it will also be
the first home game of a new decade of Cardinals baseball in downtown
10th World Series Championship
2 National League Pennants
7 National League Central Division Titles
Led the N.L. with 913 victories
Led the N.L. with 33 postseason wins
over 32 million fans to downtown
Opened new Busch Stadium in 2006
Hosted the 2009 All-Star Game
3 N.L. MVP Awards for Albert Pujols
2001 N.L. Rookie of the Year (Albert Pujols)
2005 N.L. Cy Young Award (Chris Carpenter)
31 N.L. All-Stars
21 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards
Winningest Manager in Cardinals History (Tony LaRussa)
Four former Cardinals inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown (Ozzie Smith 2002; Dennis Eckersley 2004; Bruce Sutter 2006; Billy Southworth 2008)
Ceremonial first pitches from two
Some Fun Franchise Facts
Cardinals were founded in 1882 as an American Association Team called the
In 1892, the team moved to the National League and changed the team name to the St. Louis Browns. In 1899, the name was changed to the Perfectos, and in 1900, the name was changed to its existing title, the St. Louis Cardinals.
1902-1954, an American League Team called the St. Louis Browns also
The Cardinals have won over 9,200 games, 10 World Series Championships, 17 National League Pennants, 3 National League Eastern Division Titles, and 8 National League Central Division Titles.
are over 40 former Cardinal players and managers enshrined in the National
Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in
Cardinals bring more than 3 million fans downtown each year, with more than a
million coming from outside of the state of
In 2009, the Cardinals drew 3.343 million fans, with 49 sellout games – ranking 4th in MLB in terms of ticket sales
90% of fans attending Cardinals games come from outside of the City of
There are approximately 3,000 day-of-game employees at Busch Stadium.
Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) estimates that the economic
impact of the 2010 Cardinals' season on the
In 2009, the Cardinals had 36 Promotional Giveaways, ranging from magnet schedules and wall calendars to bats, hats, pennants and bobbleheads.
In 2009, the St. Louis Cardinals television broadcasts had the second highest cable rating in all of baseball and are often one of the most watched program offerings in the market.
Cardinals radio broadcasts on KTRS average over 152,000 listeners per game and
its affiliate market is the second largest in baseball with 117 stations in nine
• In one year, the Stadium sells:
o 540,000 hot dogs;
o 181,000 pounds of nacho chips; and
o 32,000 gallons of nacho cheese.
• During a typical season the Cardinals go through:
o 7,315,200 ft of paper towels
o 15,373,800 ft of toilet paper
• Cardinals Care has distributed more than $15 million to area organizations and built 19 Youth Baseball Fields since its formation in 1997.
• In 2009, Cardinals Care was able to build All-Star Field at Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club and distribute over $2 million in cash grants to over 200 non-for-profit agencies as a result of the team hosting the All-Star Game.
• In 2009, Redbird
Rookies had 20 leagues, serving nearly 4,000 kids in the St. Louis Metropolitan
area, as well as parts of rural
• Since the Cardinals launched the 4 A Greener Game Initiative in 2008, the team has recycled over 462 tons of cardboard, paper, aluminum and plastic; and diverted 282 tons of yard waste from local landfills.
o The team has reduced its energy use by 14.1% since the new stadium opened
o 22% of the teams waste was diverted from landfills in 2009