All of America tuned in today to watch the Redbirds scratch out a win against the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2006 Home Opener at the New Busch Stadium. And even though we didn’t have tickets to opening night, we got to check out the new digs ahead of time. Let me just say: New Busch is awesome. If you don’t believe me, check the photo gallery.
Friday night, Jen and I went with Kenny and Krissy to the Founder’s Club open house at the new ballpark. Krissy’s dad got tickets to the exclusive reception because of his season tickets, and we were the lucky recipients. Not only was the weather better and the crowds much smaller than the Saturday open house (more on that in just a sec), but for the founders (and their mooching family and friends), the food and drinks were on the house. Yes, that’s right: all you can eat and drink from any of the concession stands FOR FREE!
Ohmigod that was awesome.
The next day, Jen, Kenny, Brandon and I took advantage of the free tickets I snagged over the internet for the open house for the rest of the proletariat. While concessions weren’t free and the ballpark was hella crowded, it was still awesome to get a different view of the stadium.
All in all, I’m really excited with how the new house turned out. It is a gorgeous stadium, and the little touches like the birds perching on the signage and the bronzed baseballs on the light fixtures really affirm the notion that the St. Louis recognized their rarefied position within this community and know that these people, the best fans in all of baseball, deserve the best from their hometown team.
Now then, let’s play ball!