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Busch Stadium as we know it was first planned back in 1995 when Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. led a consortium to purchase the team from Anheuser-Busch for $150 Million. Busch Stadium was built to be a retro-modern ballpark that blended classical ballpark architecture with modern amenities. Some of the quirks that transferred from the previous Busch Memorial Stadium to this Busch Stadium was the World Series Banners (which now hand on top of the out-of-conference scoreboard in right field( and the manually-operated scoreboard (which is located in the third-rate concourse near left field).

Busch Stadium was built to have a view of the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse in mind. Construction of Busch Stadium began in 2004 after the World Series, and was completed in March 2006. Gate 3, which is located on the third base/left field features the signature entrance of the ballpark, which is based off of the famous Eads Bridge. Located outside Gate 3, a statue of Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial stands guard to welcome everyone at the ballpark. Out in the left field entrance, statues of other Cardinals legends, like Dizzy Dean, Red Schoendiest, Lou Brock, Rogers Hornsby, Bob Gibson, and Ozzie Smith also welcome everyone to Busch Stadium. The field is almost symmetrical with the left field foul pole measured at 336 feet instead of 335 feet, which is where the distance between home plate and the right field foul pole. Since 2009, the grounds crew at Busch Stadium hand mow the Gateway Arch on to the outfield grass.

Out past left field, St. Louis Ballpark Village is a destination within a destination. Home to numerous restaurants and bars, this entertainment complex,developed by the Cordish Company, is also home to the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum, Budweiser Brew House, and the studios of FOX Sports Midwest; the home of the Blues and Cardinals on television.



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