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New Busch Stadium

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Busch Stadium III (a.k.a. New Busch Stadium) is the new home for the Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals. It replaces the old Busch Stadium (which itself was actually the second Busch Stadium since Sportsman's Park was renamed by the brewery in 1953), where the Cardinals played for nearly forty years. It is scheduled to open with a April 10, 2006 game in which the Cardinals will host the Milwaukee Brewers.

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location 250 Stadium Plaza
St. Louis, MO
Broke ground January 17, 2004
Opened April 4 (exhibition)
April 10, 2006
Replaced Busch Stadium
Owner St. Louis Cardinals
Surface Grass
Architect HOK Sport
St. Louis Cardinals (MLB, 2006-)
Seating capacity
43,975 (2006)
Left Field - 335 ft
Left-Center - 390 ft
Center Field - 400 ft
Right-Center - 390 ft
Right Field - 336 ft
Backstop - 60 ft


Since 1995, St. Louis Cardinals team ownership had lobbied for a new ballpark in downtown St. Louis, though the team was unable to acquire funding for the project for several years. In June 2001, the State of Missouri signed a contract with the team, proposing ballpark in downtown St. Louis, but a subsequent funding bill was struck down in May 2002, leaving the saga open. Team owners sought a location near Madison, Illinois, adjacent to Gateway International Raceway, until the city of St. Louis drafted a financing plan for the team to construct the new stadium in downtown St. Louis. The Stadium was financed through private bonds, bank loans, a long-term loan from St. Louis County, and money from the team owners. The development, including the Ballpark Village will cost approximately $646 million with the stadium alone costing $346 million.


Busch Stadium III was constructed by HOK Sport and Hunt Construction with an estimated cost of $346 million. The stadium is being built in phases:

  • First, the construction of the south side of the new stadium.
  • Second, the wrecking ball demolition of the old stadium, which began the week of November 7, 2005. That phase is expected to last 90 days.
  • Third, building the north side of the new stadium, i.e. the left field area.
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Although the stadium will be opened on opening day in April, construction will not have been completed on that date. Construction on the club/loge level, the pavilion level, and on nine "party rooms" will continue until July. The field level (16,880 seats), terrace level (9,150), and bleachers (3,661) are expected to be completed on opening day, with total capacity on that day to be 37,962, not including up to 2,751 standing room tickets. Once construction is completed, capacity included all 2,886 standing-room-only tickets for the general public and within the suites and party rooms will make the stadium's total capacity 46,861. Natural grass turf was installed in March 2006.

New Busch Stadium!

Date: August 5, 2005 4:36 PM Photographer: David K. Staub Camera: Olympus C-5500 Subject: Busch Stadium. Taken from the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO, looking West. Construction in progress on the new stadium can be seen on the left (south) side of the photograph. This file is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.

Photo by David K. Staub

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Ballparks by Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard.
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City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
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General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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