By Kaylyn Thornal & Natasha Bedu, Ballpark Food & Beverage Connoisseurs
With the St. Louis Cardinals leading the San Francisco Giants 3 games to 1 in the NLCS, tonight’s match up at Busch Stadium could be the last of the Giants’ year. The Cardinals definitely have a home field advantage tonight as the fans are literally out of their minds for their Red Birds, and with good reason. Their team rarely lets them down. This year could see a World Series repeat not unlike the likes of 2011. The Giants send Barry Zito to the mound to face Lance Lynn in hopes to stop the bleeding. Good luck Zito! You’re going to need it. With that in mind, today’s World Series Fan Find of the Day is Busch Stadium.
The new Busch Stadium is more open than the old one, with great views of the city. Unfortunately, the Main Concourse where many concessions are is closed in so you can’t see the game if getting food or drink, which is fairly unusual for a newer stadium. One cool feature is the scoreboards – they were brought over from the old stadium and left in the same configuration as they were the day the park closed down.
On your way in, check out Musial Plaza outside Gate 3 where a statue of player Stan Musial sits – it’s sort of an unofficial gathering spot for locals before the game – and the Cardinals have some of the most loyal fans around. The U.S. Cellular Family Pavilion on Level 1 between Gates 5 and 6 has a variety of interactive games and is open 2 hours prior to each game. You’ll find batting cages (both free and paid), speed pitch, T-ball cages, and a large seating area.
Food and Drink: There’s little variety inside considering the stadium’s newness. You won’t have trouble finding standard ballpark fare like hot dogs, sausages, and chicken tenders but other than, options are sparse. BBQ Pulled Pork is available at Triple Play (Sec 152 and 270), Broadway BBQ (Sec 509), and Riverview Corner (Sec 432), and Fried Cannellonis are offered at Gashouse Grills (several locations) and Plaza Grill.
There aren’t many healthy choices other than veggie chicken at Dizzy’s Diner stands or low carb burgers at Hardee’s, although you might also find a Farmer’s Market stand near section 136.
Good news is you can bring your own food inside if you’re not impressed with the park’s offerings. As for beer, well it isn’t called Busch Stadium for nothing. Hope you like Bud, because you’ll find it everywhere. The Back Stop Bar behind Home Plate serves up a little variety – look for the local microbrew Schlafly Beer there as well as at a couple of other smaller stands throughout (Ballpark Favorites stand will have Schlafly). Stella on draft can be found at Triple Play stands.
Also check out the Casino Queen Area near Section 271 for other brews and liquor drinks. Seating: Unless you have a club or suite ticket, you’re pretty much limited to two concourses – the Main and Upper. There are a lot of outfield bleacher seats and they’re real bleachers, and you also get a good view of the bullpen from there. You can get all-inclusive tickets at several areas like Homer’s Landing or the Coca-Cola Scoreboard Patio for a little more money. To book online visit HERE.
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