Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun)By Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With the snip of a ribbon and a jam session from Third Eye Blind, Ballpark Village officially opened last night.

The first night appeared to go without a hitch, following a minor controversy involving the dress code.

Developers made a promise for the future, with Blake Cordish promising that Ballpark Village would pack downtown with other developments.

“The city is absolutely on fire and pointed in the right direction,” he said. “And as excited as we are about the first phase of Ballpark Village and what a world-class destination it is, we’re confident that the best is yet to come.”

He and his father, David Cordish, spoke of residential, office and hotel towers.

Cards president Bill DeWitt III, meanwhile, was just eager to get phase one open.

“What’s next?” he asked. “David made the guarantee, and I’ll leave him with the guarantees. I made a few of those early, and they came true about five years too late. So what’s next is cutting the ribbon.”

Gov. Jay Nixon made a comparison to Chicago’s Wrigleyville.

“Ballpark Village is another significant step in the continuing commitment and investment of the Cardinals to downtown St. Louis,” he said.

After the ribbon cutting, a crush of people lined up outside to hear rock band Third Eye Blind perform in Fox Sports Midwest Live! atruim.

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