The current Busch Stadium, often referred to as 'the newer stadium' or 'Busch Stadium III', opened in 2006. Since then, the Cardinals have hosted one All-Star game (2009) and three World Series. Busch Stadium was the first ballpark in over 100 years to have its team win the World Series at its inaugural year ('06). The Cardinals went on to win the World Championship in 2011. As I write this in mid-September 2014, the Cardinals are currently trying to make their way into the playoffs. Who knows, maybe it will host another championship and World series?
The new Busch Stadium currently seats close to 44,000. This does not include rooms and luxury suites. Since its opening, the stadium has had a great share of sell-out crowds and standing room-only games. Ironically, the highest attendance at Busch Stadium for any event was a football game starring British teams! On May 28, 2013, over 48,000 people watched the Chelsea Football Club play against the Manchester City Football Club.
There is so much I can say about the Cardinals. In short, they are one of the most successful major league baseball franchises of all-time, as the National League team with the most World Series wins (11). Only the New York Yankees have more - actually waaayyyy more than any other franchise, with 28. The Cardinals have had a long history with memorable players, including those who did more than play ball. From Stan the Man to Enos Slaughter, from Bob Gibson to Lou Brock, from Ozzie Smith to Albert Pujols. Yes, I said Albert Pujols. To me, he deserves credit for helping to reboot the team in the mid-2000s. Several players went on to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Memorable names associated with the Cardinals that were not players include broadcaster Jack Buck (who was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame), and several managers and general managers who led and made tough decisions for the team.
Here are some random facts about the Cardinals, as well as Busch Stadium, found on its page.
|The side which displays the Cardinals' championship and World Series wins years. Its better viewed off I-64/Hwy 40|
|A view of Busch Stadium from the Gateway Arch|
|Me in front of 'the claw', which was part of U2 360's stage setup|
|Back of the cake|
NOTE: For various reasons, the cake is not outside Busch Stadium at the moment. It is unknown if this is temporary or permanent. (September 2014)
Busch Stadium on FB
St. Louis Cardinals Official website
700 Clark Avenue, ST. LOUIS, MO, 63102
Cake artist: Katherine Nelson