ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The match isn’t until Friday evening, but the pre-game festivities for the U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifier at Busch Stadium officially kick off Thursday.

They start at 5 p.m., when the downtown buildings will light up in red, white and blue. At 7 p.m., FanHQ St. Louis opens with a party at Ballpark Village.

Click here to see the full schedule of events.

On Friday, there’s a Welcome to STL Lunchtime Concert at the Old Post Office Plaza, which will include a soccer field at 8th and Locust. At 1:30 p.m., FanHQ reopens at Ballpark Village and runs until the “March to the Match” at 4:30.

The match against St. Vincent and The Grenadines is scheduled to start at 5:30.

Then on Saturday, there’s a Sendoff Concert at Ballpark Village at 2 p.m.

Cardinals events services director Vicki Bryant expects nearly 44,000 to attend the match. As of Wednesday, there were some tickets available in all price ranges.

Click here for tickets.

Meet us at the Budweiser Brew House as KMOX’s Charlie Brennan welcomes both Landon Donovan, all-time leading scorer for Major League Soccer, and Lori Chalupny, member of the 2015 World Cup Champion U.S. National Team and St. Louis native!

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