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TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #20: Ballpark Village Opens

When Busch Stadium III opened in 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals’ full vision was incomplete. The accompanying area of up to 10 acres, designated for office, residential, retail and entertainment venues, remained stuck in the planning stages for years, hamstrung by the economic downturn.

A much scaled-down Phase I of the Ballpark Village project finally became reality eight years later, with the opening of a dining and entertainment-focused facility for the 2014 baseball season.

Key attractions include FOX Sports Midwest Live!, Cardinals Nation Restaurant and the Budweiser Brew House. Top-level seating areas offer fans a clear view into Busch Stadium from beyond left-field. The Cardinals television network also built a small studio in Ballpark Village, used for pre- and post-game shows.

Another prime destination in Ballpark Village is the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. The fan favorite, which includes a free Hall of Fame gallery and an extensive museum which carries an admission charge, reopened this spring for the first time in six years to enthusiastic crowds.

While it remains to be seen if Ballpark Village can provide a significant year-round boost to downtown development over time, no one can dispute the area’s vitality on game days. The new facility provides a major enhancement to the overall experience of St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

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17 Responses to “TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #20: Ballpark Village Opens”

  1. Bw52 says:

    Jennifer Langosch says Cards signed RHP Matt Belisle 34 to a 1 year deal for bullpen.

  2. blingboy says:

    Has anybody been to BV this winter? I mean not for some event being held there, but just for someplace to go and eat/drink. I wonder if the various establishments are doing any day in/day out business.

  3. blingboy says:

    Did this Correa guy play ball in college or anything?

    • JumboShrimp says:

      If he had played, it would have been reported. He is more a paper pusher and quant, like Luhnow.
      The role entails integrating and processing a lot of data, so he may be suited. Also, the job may entail a lot of travel, so a 34 year old may be the right sort of age for covering ground.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    I like having a few veteran relievers.
    On the other hand, its hard to imagine Belisle contributing half as brilliantly as Neshek. True to form, Mo has recruited early again and has to shell out substantial money to ink his choice. I’d rather pick over relievers left unsigned by January and shell out less money.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Belisle is considered a better pitcher now than was Neshek 12 months ago. The latter was unsigned until February and had to settle for a minor league deal. Anyone who says they predicted his success would be lying.

  5. crdswmn says:

    So Daniel Descalso is now a free agent. Bon Voyage.

  6. Bw52 says:

    I think Descalso ends up in AZ.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      AZ is one possibility, but anybody who remembers how he near singlehandedly vanquished the Nats in 2012 playoffs will be interested. Descalso is an attractive age for a free agent, circa 28. He is handy at 2B and 3B, functional at SS. Teams can use handy guys like that.
      The Cards were hoping to be able to trade him to get some talent, but this is nearly impossible at this time of year, since other teams know they can just wait and sign a truly free agent, for only money not talent.
      Aaron Miles got 2 years and $5MM in free agency. Adam Kennedy got non-tendered and commanded three years from the Cards. We shall see how Dan does.

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