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Guide To Cardinals Opening Day

March 31, 2014 8:00 AM

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Busch Stadium groundskeeper Thad Hannon begins to remove a cover protecting the pitchers mound as preparations are made for opening day at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in April 5, 2013. The St. Louis Cardinals will host the Cincinnati Reds on opening day in St. Louis on April 8, 2013.     UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Busch Stadium groundskeeper Thad Hannon begins to remove a cover protecting the pitchers mound as preparations are made for opening day at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in April 5, 2013. The St. Louis Cardinals will host the Cincinnati Reds on opening day in St. Louis on April 8, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

For many in St. Louis, opening day of the baseball season (scheduled this year for April 7) is the best day of the year, and for good reason. It’s almost an official holiday, as St. Louisans take their baseball seriously. That being said, there are any number of events around the downtown area to express your loyalty to the Red Birds. Join fellow fans for a great day of America’s favorite pastime and St. Louis’ traditional, opening day celebrations.
openingdayrally Guide To Cardinals Opening Day

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Pep Rally At Kiener Plaza
500 Chestnut St.
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 289-5300
www.stlouis-mo.gov

Every year, fans from all over the St. Louis area gather to celebrate one of the greatest days in St. Louis sports. Opening day wouldn’t be quite the celebration it is without the traditional pep rally at Kiener Plaza. Folks dressed in Cardinals red begin filing into the area shortly after rush hour and celebrate right up until game time. Look for news crews, radio crews with music, food, drinks, interactive games and more to help along the festivities. Past opening days pep rallies have even seen Cardinals royalty and past players make an appearance. Whether you work downtown or just need an excuse to play hooky, make your way to Kiener Plaza to cheer on the Red Birds on opening day.

mikeshannons Guide To Cardinals Opening Day

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Mike Shannon’s Grill
620 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 421-1540
www.mikeshannonsgrill.com

Cardinals baseball is a rich tradition in St. Louis and perhaps the reason the fans love the team so much is that strong sense of family within the organization. Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal, fans and players alike. Mike Shannon is just one of the foundational legends of the Cardinals Nation. Born and raised in St. Louis, Shannon played for the Red Birds from 1962 to 1970, hitting key home runs in the 1964 and 1967 World Series games, with his last home run coming in Sportsman’s Park. Since 1971, he has been announcing Cardinals games and worked alongside legend Jack Buck during his illustrious career. In his spare time, he created a great place for fans to hang out before, after or during the game. Mike Shannon’s Grill is a great place to enjoy a frosty cold one or get a great meal after the game. It is open for lunch and dinner, and has a spectacular wine list. Just blocks from Busch Stadium, there is no reason not to stop in and make this restaurant/bar part of your opening day event.

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metro Guide To Cardinals Opening Day

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Metro St. Louis
707 North First St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 982-1400
www.metrostlouis.org

Opening Day is always a big event and it’s always celebrated by a large number of fans, from all over the region. Downtown will be swarming with Cardinals baseball lovers. This means traffic can also be a mess. Don’t spend your time trying to find parking when you could be eating hot dogs, watching the game or enjoying the pre-game festivities. Take Metro Link and get to the ballpark before the rest of the crowd. Whether you live in Missouri or Illinois, there is a convenient Metro Link station for you to hop on and ride straight to the stadium. For $2.25, you can comfortably ride the Metro, avoid paying for parking and save gas money. It’s a bargain and so convenient that there’s no reason to drive downtown. Check the website for fares, schedules and to find the closest station to you.

busch Guide To Cardinals Opening Day

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Busch Stadium
700 Clark Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 345-9600
www.stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com

Once you get inside the stadium, there is more than just the game happening on opening day. In fact, Busch Stadium has a full array of activities to help you celebrate the game of baseball, all season long.. The Cardinals Varsity Club for teens and young adults offers extras like tickets to the fast pitch batting cages in the Family Pavilion and the Cardinals Kids Club is great place for the youngsters to have some fun. Don’t forget to stop by the Hall of Fame Museum to see a great display of Cardinals History. Check the Cardinals website for more great activities for your opening day experience, and don’t forget to give Fredbird a high five.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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