Busch Stadium

During the late 1950s August A. Busch Jr. decided that if the St. Louis Cardinals were going to prosper and attract the fans necessary to support a Major League franchise, it would have to move out of the Grand Avenue Busch Stadium and into a new ballpark.

A new stadium in downtown St. Louis provided a much needed redevelopment of the downtown area and in 1964, ground was broken. On May 12, 1966, Busch Stadium officially opened as the new home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the home plate from Busch Stadium (Grand Avenue location) was used & brought over for the first game ceremony. In a 12-inning inaugural, the Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves, 4-3.

Busch Stadium is basically a two-deck all-concrete facility with approximately half its seats in each deck. The seats completely surround the playing field without posts or columns to obstruct fans' views. The nearly circular structure has an outside diameter of more than eight-hundred feet, covers more than twelve acres and is one-hundred thirty feet tall, measured from the playing field to the top of the stadium.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"That tarp (at Busch Stadium which rolled over his left knee causing a bone chip and bruises) was a real man eater." - Vince Coleman in the 1985 National League Championship Series

Busch Stadium

Busch Stadium (arial view by National Park Service)

Major League Occupant(s)

St. Louis Cardinals
First Game
05-12-1966
Last Game
10-19-2005

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Busch Stadium Seating Chart

Ballpark Capacity & Seating Chart

Capacity Changes
( Yearly Attendance )
1966
49,676
1997
49,814

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Ballpark Diagram & Dimensions

Backstop
1966
64'
Left Field
1966
330'
Power Alleys
1966
386'
1973
376'
1977
386'
1983
383'
1992
375'
1997
372'
Center Field
1966
414'
1971
410'
1972
414'
1973
404'
1977
414'
1992
402'
Right Field
1966
330'

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Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Fences
1992
10½ Padded Concrete [Left]
8' Padded Canvas [Left]
1966
10½ Padded Concrete [Center]
1973
8' Wood [Center]
1977
10½ Padded Concrete [Center]
1992
8' Padded Canvas [Center]
Field Surfaces
1966
Grass
1970
Artificial Turf
1996
Grass
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baseball almanac fast facts

The architects who designed Busch Stadium were Sverdrup & Parcel and Associates; Edward Durell Stone (design collaborator); and Schwarz & Van Hoefen, Associated.

Sportsman's Park (1920-1952) was renamed Busch Stadium — which often causes some historical confusion — in 1953 after Anheuser-Busch purchased the club in 1953. Here is a stadium breakdown for the St. Louis Cardinals:

Grand Avenue Grounds 1876 - 1877
Union Park 1885 - 1886, 1892 - 1897
League Park 1898
Robison Field 1899 - 1920
Sportsman's Park 1920 - 1952
Busch Stadium (Grand Avenue) 1953 - 1966
Busch Stadium (Stadium Plaza) 1966 - 2005
Busch Stadium (II) 2006 -

Busch Stadium items of interest: Just below the roof there are ninety-six open arches. A statue of Stan "The Man" Musial was unveiled outside the ballpark in 1968. Every single seat in the stadium was painted red in 1987. A manually operated / traditional scoreboard measuring 17' high x 270' wide was built in centerfield in 1997 (the visitors bullpen was moved to right field).

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