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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Move over, baseball. Busch Stadium will host an event next month featuring America's real national pastime - eating.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a qualifying event for the Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York's Coney Island will take place May 17 at Busch Stadium, prior to a Cardinals game.
 
The hot dog-eating contest starts at noon, with the Cardinals hosting the Atlanta Braves at 1:15 p.m. The top male and female contenders will advance to the New York contest.
 
Published in Local News
Friday, 13 December 2013 04:25

Cardinals raise season ticket prices

   Most season ticket holders will have to pay more for their 2014 Cardinal's tickets.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that overall season tickets will see an average increase of 4.1 percent.  Club president Bill DeWitt-the-third told the paper that 83 percent of season ticket prices will go up, more than half by one dollar a game.  

   The team is also redrawing the section map in response to data showing high demand for certain sections.  

   About 22,000 season ticket holders will receive their renewal notices over the next few days.  

   Individual game tickets go on sale February 28th.

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A St. Louis man is in custody and facing charges for making a terrorist threat.

The Post-Dispatch reports that Robert Metzinger posted the threats on his Twitter accounts. Police say the tweets implied that Metzinger was going to use a pressure cooker as an explosive device, similar to the devices used in the Boston Marathon bombings, in or around Busch Stadium. Metzinger posted bail and has been released.

His next court appearance is scheduled for late November.

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   St. Louis Police are warning baseball fans to watch out for counterfeit World Series tickets.  

   Police say two men are wanted for allegedly selling counterfeit tickets to Cardinals fans in two separate incidents Saturday afternoon.  

   Images of both were caught by surveillance cameras downtown.  

   Anyone who recognizes either man is asked to call St. Louis Police at (314) 444-5627.

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The Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket Games 3 and 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium this weekend.  

The Kansas-based church has been banned in some states from protesting near the funerals of servicemen and women and is known for disrupting services of private citizens as well.

The church is calling for protesters to demonstrate against "the worthless strutting peacocks of these two baseball teams...glorifying themselves instead of God".  

St. Louis city police have said security downtown will be heightened for the Fall Classic.

Police Chief Sam Dotson met Monday with officials from the FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, and the Missouri Highway Patrol to discuss extra safety measures.

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   The World Series will put St. Louis on a world stage.  That means major security measures will be in place around Busch Stadium.  

   St. Louis Police spent time Monday coordinating security plans with the FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, and the Missouri Highway Patrol.  St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson tells Fox 2 News they're trying to run through every possible security scenario in order to have a response plan in place.  "We’re doing everything we can to make sure no stone is left unturned, and the resources are there when we need them," he said.

   Dotson says securing a national event like the World Series is a complex process, no matter where it takes place.  "Whether we’re in St. Louis, Chicago or Louisville it doesn't matter," he said.  "We still have to go through the same planning process as if we’re Boston or New York or L.A."

   Dotson says many of the safeguards that were in place in 2006, like mechanical and K-9 bomb sniffers and surveillance cameras, will be used again.  There will also be extra police officers on the streets, both in uniform and plain clothes.

   Fans are advised to get to the ballpark early and expect long lines because of added security measures.

 

 

 

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   As the Cardinals get ready for the World Series, and Cards fans scramble for tickets, the Better Business Bureau is warning fan to be careful of ticket scams.  They advise fans to stick to licensed ticket sellers like StubHub.com and SportixUSA.  

   Right now, Fox 2 News reports standing room tickets are selling for about $450 apiece on StubHub.  The cheapest seats will start at about $650 per ticket.  The most expensive seats are being offered for $16,000 each.

   The World Series kicks off Wednesday in Boston.  The first game at Busch Stadium will be game 3 on Saturday.  All games will be broadcast of Fox 2, KTVI-TV.  

 

   MLB has announced the schedule for the World Series:

   Game 1 - Wed, Oct 23: Cardinals @ Red Sox 7:07 PM (CT)

   Game 2 - Thu, Oct 24: Cardinals @ Red Sox 7:07 PM (CT)

   Game 3 - Sat, Oct 26: Red Sox @ Cardinals 7:07 PM (CT)

   Game 4 - Sun, Oct 27: Red Sox @ Cardinals 7:15 PM (CT)

   Game 5 - Mon, Oct 28: Red Sox @ Cardinals 7:07 PM (CT)

   Game 6 - Wed, Oct 30: Cardinals @ Red Sox 7:07 PM (CT)

   Game 7 - Thu, Oct 31: Cardinals @ Red Sox 7:07 PM (CT)

 
Published in Local News
Thursday, 03 October 2013 03:09

Cardinals NLDS Game 1 pep rally

   With their first Central Division title since 2009, and the best record in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have home field advantage when the National League Division Series starts Thursday.  The Cardinals will take on familiar rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium.  

   Fans are expected to flock to downtown St. Louis for a pregame pep rally on the Ballpark Village parking lot.  That gets underway at 1:00 p.m.  The rally will feature appearances by former Cardinal pitcher Andy Benes, Fredbird, the Budweiser Clydesdales and the 2011 World Series Trophy.  

   The Busch Stadium gates open at 2:00 p.m. And the game gets underway about 4:00. 

   This is the team's tenth appearance in the postseason since 2000.

 
Published in Around Town
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 15:26

Lionel Messi will play soccer at Busch Stadium

Busch Stadium will once again play host to international soccer stars as the Argentine National Soccer Team will face the Bosnia-Herzegovina team this November.

The Argentineans, led by four-time "world's best player" Lionel Messi.

The match is slated for November 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the contest go on sale October 10 at 10 a.m. at Cardinals.com/soccer, the Busch Stadium box office and 314-345-9000. A special pre-sale will begin October 8 for Cardinals season ticket holders and club VIPs.

 

Published in Local News
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:48

Cardinals postseason tickets to go on sale

   St. Louis Cardinals postseason tickets go on sale this Thursday.

   Wild Card Game and Division Series tickets go on sale at 10 AM. Tickets for the Wild Card game and Division Series will be available at on the St. Louis Cardinals' website, by phone at 314-345-9000 or at the Busch Stadium ticket windows.

   There will be ticket limits for the NLCS and World Series. Online registration begins this Friday, September 13. Complete details and rules for the random drawing and purchases are available on the Cardinals' website.

 

 
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