The Cardinals have a rich baseball history, opening play in professional baseball as the Brown Stockings in 1882. The 1880s treated St. Louis nicely, as the team made four straight championship appearances, winning one and tying one series. With a number of stars coming through St. Louis, the Cardinals won the World Series in 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944 and 1946. Perhaps the most iconic Cardinal in the team’s illustrious history, Stan ‘The Man’ Musial played 22 seasons in St. Louis, taking part in the last three World Series titles. After Musial’s retirement the Cardinals didn’t lose a step, winning two more World Series in 1964 and 1967 with stars Lou Brock and Bob Gibson. After a lull in the ‘70s, the Cardinals reached three World Series in the 1980s, winning another title in 1982. In 1996 Tony LaRussa took over as manager of the Cardinals, cementing the team as one of the best in baseball for roughly two decades and counting. In LaRussa’s 16 seasons the St. Louis made nine playoff appearances, won seven NL Central titles, reached three World Series and won the franchise’s 10th and 11th championships. The Cardinals have retired the numbers of 12 former players and managers. From 2011-2014, the St. Louis Cardinals reached 4 straight NLCS, winning two, and winning a World Series in that span. The run places the Cardinals teams of the 2010's among the best in the history of the franchise. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets.
2016 Cardinals Season Preview
The St. Louis Cardinals historic run of 4 straight NLCS appearances came to an end last season, but a retooled lineup has the 2016 Cards ready to make another run at the Fall Classic. For just about any other club, the Cardinals had a fantastic season a year ago, winning 100 games, and winning, possibly the toughest division in all of baseball. But a lack of a full rotation, left the Cardinals a little short in October. To avoid a 2nd straight October letdown, St. Louis added Mike Leake to the top of their rotation, who should serve as a solid #2 option behind Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. Wainwright battled injuries last season, but comes into 2016 healthy, and ready to pitch a full season. The Cardinals also added Kolten Wong to an infield that includes veterans Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, and Ruben Tejada. If there is one thing in baseball that you can count on, it’s that the St. Louis Cardinals will be battling for the postseason. That shouldn’t change in 2016, and Cardinals tickets should remain among the highest in demand in all of baseball.
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St. Louis Cardinals Baseball at Busch Stadium Address: 700 Clark Ave, St Louis, Missouri, 63102
The Cardinals play their home games at Busch Stadium, located in St. Louis, Missouri. When filled to capacity, Busch Stadium holds nearly 44,000 screaming Cardinals fans. Fans often congregate just outside the stadium by a statue of Stan Musial, one of the greatest Cardinals ever. While inside the park, you can see the iconic Gateway Arch over the centerfield fence. The St. Louis Cardinals dugout is on the Busch Stadium first baseline in front of sections 142-145. Busch Stadium parking information is covered in our Cardinals event guide.
Known as the Route 66 Rivalry, this is the premier matchup in the National League. Dating all the way back to 1885, these two clubs have met over 2,100 times. The overall series is only separated by about 30 games with the Cubs claiming a slight advantage. While the Yankees Red Sox rivalry maybe the media darling, this game is every bit as passionate and competitive. With much of the Midwest divided in loyalty between the Cubs and Cardinals, this series is about history, territory, and great baseball.
Cardinals vs. Royals
The I-70 series is a battle for the State of Missouri. While the Cardinals trace their origin back to the beginnings of major league baseball, the Royals are a relatively new team. The first meeting between these two teams was for the 1985 World Series. With the inception of interleague play in 1997, this has been an annual matchup that has been back and forth. This is one of the better interleague series and a highlight of every season for baseball fans in Missouri.
St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, National League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
As one of the most historic franchises in Major League Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals have won the second most World Series titles in baseball with more than 10. The Cardinals have also won 17+ NL Pennants in their 110+ seasons. The achievements continue for St. Louis as they have won more than 11 division titles and will only add to that number in the upcoming seasons.
St. Louis Cardinals Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Cardinals game?
Gates generally open 2 hours before game time at Busch Stadium.
Where are good places to eat before a Cardinals game?
Gourmet pizza lovers should not miss out on trying Pickleman’s Gourmet Café. Pickleman’s has some of the best pizza in St. Louis and is often a hangout spot for Cardinals fans before games. If you are a fan of the traditional American diner, try Bailey’s Range or Blood & Sand. If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, try Robust at The MX. Robust has some of the best Tapas around, and is great for the sophisticated diner. Barbeque lovers should try Pappy’s Smokehouse. Pappy’s is often featured by food critics and food channels and is regarded as one of the best places for barbeque in a city known for great barbeque. Other great places in the area are Sauce On The Side, The Shaved Duck, and Bogart’s Smoke House.
Where is the best place to park at Busch stadium?
There are two large parking options close to Busch Stadium. Located on the northwest corner of the stadium at 215 S. 8th Street is the Stadium West parking lot that offers the most available parking in the area. The other great parking option is on the northeast corner of Busch at 200 s. Broadway or the Stadium East parking lot. If these lots are full and you don’t mind walking, try looking on the south side of Pine Street in between 4th and 8th as there are a few smaller lots in that area.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a St. Louis Cardinals game?
Children 3 years old and under are allowed to enter Busch Stadium without a ticket. We recommend bringing proof of your child’s age with you to the gate to ensure they are allowed to enter the stadium.