ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-While the Cardinals will be in action at Busch Stadium tonight, another St. Louis team will not be playing as scheduled.
Tonight was supposed to be the Blues’ home opener against the hated Detroit Red WIngs. But because of the lockout imposed by NHL owners, there’ll be no games until at least October 24. That means the loss of three regular season games at the Scottrade Center, on top of the three home pre-season games that were also cancelled.
For the city of St. Louis that means a loss in up to $28 thousand a game in parking revenue and $57 thousand a game in other tax revenue.
But those probably hurt most are the vendors. A couple of them tell KMOX that their loss of income is “substantial”. One said that if he had the choice of working the Cardinals game or the Blues game tonight, he’d take the Blues.
The owners and players are scheduled to meet in Toronto today. If they can reach an agreement soon the three lost home regular-season games will be made up. But if not, the entire season, 44 home games including pre-season, could be lost.