Tomorrow, April 8, marks the annual return of baseball to St. Louis as the Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds in a 3:15 p.m. game. Opening Day 2013 will feature a pre-game ceremony that will pay tribute to Stan Musial.
Following is a schedule of official activities and information from the Cardinals to help you enjoy what has become an unofficial holiday for Cardinal Nation. You can join the social media conversation on Twitter by using the hashtags #OpeningDaySTL and #6.
Opening Day Ceremony
Opening Day marks the first time the Cardinals family will be together at Busch Stadium for a game since the passing of Stan Musial earlier this year. On Opening Day and throughout the 2013 season, the Cardinals will honor the legacy of the team’s greatest player who personified the Cardinal Way. The team is wearing a jersey patch throughout the season and will host a full tribute to Musial on Friday, April 12, when they dedicate a plaque in his honor.
On Monday, Stan’s four children will unveil an outfield wall marker as part of the Opening Day ceremony that begins at 2:30 p.m. with the Budweiser Clydesdales.
The ceremony 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 2013 Cardinals via a Ford motorcade.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally
The Cardinals and Hardee’s will host a pre-game pep rally in front of the Cardinals Team Store, located at the corner of Clark Street and 8th Street. Local rock band Trixie Delight will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can stop by the free Hardee’s Photo Booth to get their Opening Day photo taken from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fans can also 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.
Budweiser Magnet Schedule Day: All ticketed-fans ages 21 and over will receive a magnet with the 2013 Cardinals schedule.
Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.
- Introduction of Missouri Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon, St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay
- Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird
- Cardinals Hall-of-Famers will be introduced via a Ford motorcade. Each Cardinals Hall of Famer will be riding in a 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible.
- Tribute to Stan Musial: Stan and Lillian Musial’s four children — Dick Musial, Gerry Ashley, Janet Schwarze and Jean Edmonds — will unveil a memorial marker in left center field.
- Introduction of the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford motorcade. The players will ride in 2013 Ford F-150 Raptors.
- Introduction of the Cincinnati Reds and the starting lineups
- American bald eagle introduced, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis
- Color Guard and American flag in center field, courtesy of Scott Air Force Base
- The National Anthem will be performed by six members of the Gateway Harmonica Club of St. Louis. Stan Musial was an honorary member of the club.
- A moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., as well as a moment of silence for baseball great and St. Louis native Earl Weaver, former Cardinals outfielder Chuck Diering, longtime organist Ernie Hayes, longtime Redbird Roost attendant Fanny Scholl, and the greatest Cardinal, Hall of Famer Stan Musial.
- Ceremonial first pitch by former Cardinal closer Jason Isringhausen and former Cardinal center fielder Jim Edmonds, who are both new members of the Fox Sports Midwest Cardinals pre and post-game broadcast team.
Watching on TV
Fans can watch the game and pre-game ceremony on FOX Sports Midwest.
Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) or one of the 124 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 13.
Getting to the Game
Fans will notice a few changes around the ballpark as a result of the Ballpark Village construction. The biggest change for motorists is that 8th Street is now a two-way street between Clark and Market with two north and southbound lanes.
Temporary stop signs are currently in place at the intersections of 8th and Clark and 8th and Walnut until new traffic signals are installed later this spring. Walnut is now also a two-way street between 8th and Broadway, with one westbound lane and two eastbound lanes.
Pedestrian traffic into the ballpark has also changed due to the construction of Ballpark Village. The biggest improvement fans will notice is that the pedestrian bridge from Stadium West Parking garage has been removed and the intersection of Clark and 8th Street has been redesigned with a much larger sidewalk in front the plaza of champions the skirts the Cardinals Team Store.
Clark Street is also being improved and will be open to pedestrian traffic on Opening Day. The Cardinals Opening Day Rally will be at the corner 8th and Clark.
Highways and Other Roadwork
MoDOT will not have any scheduled lane closures on state highways inside the city limits for Opening Day. The department does have several construction projects around the city scheduled for 2013, including a bridge replacement at Jefferson over I-64 that may have one lane closed on I-64 around the clock in both directions for several months. MoDOT will make every effort to have all available lanes open into and out of the city before and after Cardinal home games. At this time, several I-64 and I-70 closures are planned for weekends, but will not be scheduled during Cardinal home games.
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 http://www.MetroSt.Louis.org for schedules 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, Ill. 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.
In February of this year, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies broke ground on Ballpark Village – a mixed-use development on 10-acres adjacent to Busch Stadium. The first phase of Ballpark Village will be completed by Opening Day 2014.
The first phase will include over 100,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space including Cardinals Nation, the Budweiser Brew House, PBR St. Louis: A Cowboy Bar and the Live! At Ballpark Village marketplace.
Cardinals Nation will be a first-of-its-kind venue in baseball totaling over 30,000 square feet on three levels. It will include a two-story restaurant, a retail store, a Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a special events space, and a 300-plus seat rooftop deck with views into Busch Stadium. A second building will house a 20,000 square foot, three-story Budweiser Brew House with a festive rooftop party deck also offering views into Busch Stadium. The two signature structures will be joined by the Live! At Ballpark Village marketplace, an indoor marketplace with a retractable roof covering the event space, designed to be a vibrant gathering space throughout the year for thousands of visitors.
The $100 million first phase also includes all of the streets, parking and site infrastructure to support the future phases of the seven-block mixed-use project, allowing the city to attract future development with pad-ready sites. The project is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy with nearly 1,000 construction jobs and nearly 500 permanent jobs expected to be created as part of the initial phase alone.
As the Cardinals begin their eighth season of play in Busch Stadium, the team has made a number of improvements to the stadium during the off-season including the installation of new sod. During the fall, the Cardinals installed over 100,000 square feet of new sod that was grown in Fort Morgan, Colo. It’s a four-way blend of Kentucky Bluegrass set in a 10-inch root zone that is 85 percent sand, 10 percent peat and 5 percent Zeopro mixture.
In addition to the new playing surface and the improved, expanded sidewalk outside the Cardinals Team Store and plaza of champions at 8th and Clark, fans will notice an improved front facade thanks to the installation of new windows on the second level on the northwestern section of the Stadium. The new windows run the length of the Budweiser Bowtie bar as well as Group Sales Corner above the Team Store and above the ticket windows on 8th Street.
The Cardinals have installed new flooring in several areas of the ballpark and have added 150 energy efficient LED HDTVs throughout the stadium. The team has also upgraded the outdoor furniture in several all-inclusive areas, upgraded several party suites, added fresh coats of paint and made a number of smaller improvements throughout the park.
New Menu for 2013
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 at Section 135 is The Double Play Tap and Grill, where traditional ballpark fare gets a high-end makeover. Fans can enjoy a thick and juicy cheddar stuffed burger on a pretzel bun, or a customizable four-hand nacho platter, and choose fresh toppings for both to suit their unique tastes.
Likewise, fans will find new additions throughout the park. Look for Kohn’s Kosher Cart, featuring knockwurst and pastrami sandwiches at Section 147. Dizzy’s Diner locations (Sections 139, 161 and 446) have also been beefed up with the addition of The Horseshoe, an open-faced burger consisting of two beef patties topped with fries and cheese sauce. Other new additions include Bavarian Pretzel Sticks, at Sections 139, 161, 271 and 446, and Fried Pickle Spears, at Sections 271 and 509.
New Retail for 2013
From Opening Day apparel to personalized gifts, the Team Store has what fans need to look their game-day best no matter their unique style. Adding to the Team Store’s most exclusive selection of limited-edition Opening Day apparel and accessories, new this year is the Cardinals’ retro-style alternate jersey, worn during Saturday home games. This ivory and red jersey proudly features “St. Louis” across the chest instead of the traditional Cardinals insignia.
The Team Store also will feature Opening Day baseballs, t-shirts and lapel pins exclusive to the Stadium, in addition to the new batting practice cap by New Era. The Team Store also is carrying the exclusive Victoria’s Secret PINK line, perfect for the stylish yet casual Cardinals fan. Fans who want to make a statement — about their fashion and their favorite team — can now do so with new Alex and Ani bangle sets. The bracelets, which come in brushed Russian gold or silver, can be customized with a variety of charms and stacked to create a unique combination.
Aside from the Cardinals games, Busch Stadium also hosts several weddings each year along with hundreds of special parties and celebrations. Fans can commemorate their special day with personalized memorabilia, such as wedding invitations, hand-etched wine glasses, personalized baseballs, and custom Mega Tickets, enlarged to 500 percent the size of a regular ticket, to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and retirements.
As in years past, the Team Store offers dozens of $15 and under souvenirs, including baseballs, mini-bats, koozies, magnets, baseball cards, jewelry, posters, postcards, key chains, lanyards, pennants, pins — and the No. 1 seller — foam fingers, and claws.
And, even while the construction progresses around Ballpark Village, the Team Store is ready to help fans get prepared for Opening Day. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, and offers free, 15-minute parking on the curb next to the store entrance at Clark and 8th Street, between Gates 3 and 4. Sportservice also operates nearly 20 retail kiosks throughout the ballpark, as well as three other licensed stores around the stadium, including:
• Fans Nest at Broadway (including the Jersey Lettering Booth) – Main Concourse near Gate 1
• Fans Nest at Home Plate – Level 4 behind Section 450
• Fans Nest at Riverview Corner – Level 4 behind Section 437
Fans will want to stop by the Cardinals Authentics store in Ford Plaza (cardinals.com/authentics), the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Fans can now order an engraved bat from Louisville Slugger, the official bat of MLB.
Cardinals In the Community – Redbird Rookies Celebrates 10 Years in 2013
Redbird Rookies, Cardinals Care’s free baseball league for boys and girls who may not otherwise have a chance to play baseball, turns 10 in 2013. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team in more than 20 leagues in Missouri and Illinois, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring, and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested nearly $19 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to more than 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 19 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois. Cardinals Care is urging fans to support their on-going efforts to help children a variety of ways:
- Go RED for Kids – Businesses, schools and other organizations are being asked to rally behind the team and Cardinals Care by participating in Cardinals RED for Kids. Cardinals RED for Kids is the team’s version of an office “dress down” day in which participating organizations make a donation to Cardinals Care in exchange for the opportunity to sport their Cardinal colors around the office on Opening Day. To participate, local businesses and organizations can visit cardinals.com/red.
- Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run – Lace up your jogging shoes and join the team for the 4th annual run and walk on Sunday, August 18th. Learn more and sign up at http://www.cardinals.com/6K.
- Donate directly at cardinals.com/community.
Cardinals Magazine Releases Season-Opening Issue, Digital Edition and Collectible Scorecard
Cardinals Magazine kicks off its 21st season of publication with a star-studded cover story featuring three of the club’s most dynamic center fielders of recent history: Willie McGee, Jim Edmonds and Jon Jay. From spectacular catches to everyday responsibilities, this dynamic trio shares secrets about the art of playing the position. Other issue highlights include a Q&A with skipper Mike Matheny, an in-depth look at the club’s highly regarded farm system, Adam Wainwright’s monthly journal, fresh insight into the club’s spellbinding comeback in Game 5 of the NLDS last fall, and the release of the first of six collectible Stan Musial posters.
Also available at the ballpark is the popular 2013 Official Scorecard, which teaches fans how to score the “Cardinal Way”— a storied tradition by club officials that dates back more than 50 seasons. This year’s collectible scorecard features Fredbird sporting the new Cardinals home alternate jersey that includes the Stan Musial No. 6 patch as well as the Musial statue. The retro and contemporary hybrid design of the scorecard comes from local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003.
During games, fans can purchase Cardinals Magazine and the Official Scorecard together for just $5 at all gates and at the Team Store. Outside the ballpark, fans can buy the magazine at many St. Louis area retailers, including grocery stores, QT, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and Cardinals Clubhouse stores inside 6 local malls. To start a subscription (7 issues for just $35), call 314.345.9303 or visit cardinals.com/publications.
Finally, new for 2013 is the digital edition of Cardinals Magazine which will be available for download on iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, and iPad. One-year subscriptions are $25; individual issues will be available for purchase for $5. The first issue is scheduled to be released on April 15 through cardinals.com/publications. Stay tuned for additional information.
BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDERS
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.
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.