Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced today that tickets for the 18th annual Winter Warm-Up (#WWU) will be available starting Friday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m. Central Time.
One of the most popular fan events in baseball, Winter Warm-Up takes place Saturday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 20 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day), at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The event times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.
Fans can purchase admission passes for the three-day Winter Warm-Up online at cardinals.com/winterwarmup, in the official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium and at Cardinals Clubhouse stores located around St. Louis.
The prices for admission passes, which are valid for all three days of the Warm-Up, will remain the same as the last few years – $40 for fans age 16 and over, $10 for children age 5 to 15. Kids under 5 are admitted free of charge. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult pass which must be obtained in person at the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium or at the event.
Past popular attractions will return for the 2014 event that provides Cardinal Nation with countless unique opportunities while raising money for Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable fund, in their mission to care for kids in the Cardinals community. Fans can meet their favorite players at autograph sessions, play interactive games, share memories with Hall-of-Famers, take photos with Fredbird, find collectable memorabilia, bid on one-of-a-kind items at live and silent auctions, experience live presentations, and ask tough questions of players, owners, scouts, broadcasters and officials at Q&A sessions.
“We hope fans join us as we mark the return of baseball and celebrate our National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “The Warm-Up is a fun way to interact with our great players and, most importantly, team up with them to help kids in our community.”
Many players’ autographs are free with the admission pass, while others require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation. All autograph tickets will be sold online beginning Monday, Jan. 6, through Wednesday, Jan. 15. Please check the Cardinals website (cardinals.com/winterwarmup) in mid-December for details, including player autograph dates, times and, if required, additional donation amounts. Any remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the Winter Warm-Up. For complete event details, schedule and frequently asked questions, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.
Cardinals Care (#CardsCare) 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 $19 million in helping children, including providing $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 21 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois.
In 2013, Cardinals Care celebrates the 10th anniversary of the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, 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.