Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Ballpark Village turns 1 year old Saturday, and officials for the entertainment district say it has drawn 4 million visitors in its first 12 months.

BPV’s first year brought about some challenges for nearby establishments, but the owners of two of them say it’s now turning into a net positive.

At O’Kelley’s, a few blocks south of Busch Stadium at 4th and Gratiot, owner Lance Irvin says the last year was rough for a while.

“All of our regular customers even, would go over there, just wanted to see what was happening,” he says. “Since then though, I’ve seen a lot of our regular customers come back.”

Irvin says BPV is also generating new customers for him.

“We’ve had customers who wanted to see what that was about who have become loyal customers for us.”

Stephen Savage opened Wheelhouse Downtown at 10th and Spruce seven months ago.

He says BPV is helping the overall nightlife scene, “bringing more people, whether it’s tourists or local St. Louisans, downtown again. It makes it a great area, a great atmosphere.”

Ballpark Village will celebrate its birthday with several anniversary parties in its venues.

CLICK HERE to see KMOX’s coverage of Ballpark Village’s Opening Day!

BPV is also making several additions for its second year open.

According to a news release, the new Crown Room second-floor lounge in the Budweiser Brew House is now open. Two 15-foot television screens have been added to Fox Sports Midwest Live!, a two-sided permanent outdoor stage has been built next to the Busch II infield, and sight lines from the Brew House’s Crown Room and rooftop deck have been improved.

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