About two weeks ago I went to Busch Stadium to see the Cardinals play the Padres. I know, not the most exciting match up to watch, but I did get to see John Lackey as a Cardinal; and like always, I took my camera to document the experience.
Now last time I was at Busch Stadium was around a year ago and the Ballpark Village was in the process of being built. Just from the bare-bones of the structures, it already looked like a wannabe Wrigleyville.
After seeing the exterior of the finished product, my opinion stands. I unfortunately did not get to explore the inside, but from what I have been told, it is all connected on the inside.
I must say, I liked the LED strips that showed scores from around the league along with info about that night’s match up. Depending on where you are sitting, you can see those from your seat long with all of the other LED boards in stadium.
Staying on the topic of LED boards, Busch Stadium FINALLY has the pitch count displayed. This was one of my big gripes last year, so it was one of the first things I looked for. Unfortunately I did not bring a zoom lens next to me so I could not get a close up picture of it, but I can show you generally where it is.
The Cardinals also had a goof up on their jumbo tron, in the picture above they are doing a neat feature and showing statistics from throughout the Major Leagues, in this instance, AL Saves Leaders. At the time Derek Holland has the lead with 36, but that is not who is pictured.
Aside from the picture goof with Fernando Rodney, there are some nice things about Busch Stadium. Yes, you read correctly.
For one, there is a Cardinal in the ironwork of the seats.
Another thing is as you walk down the stairs as you leave the upper deck to exit the stadium, you see pictures of the Cardinals old logos.
The lower you go in the stairwell, the farther back in the history of the logo is displayed.
I am running out of things to say, so I will leave you with this photo.