The official opening of the long-delayed Ballpark Village is being called a success. Hundreds crowded into the entertainment complex next to Busch Stadium for the official ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.
Governor Jay Nixon and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay were among the dignitaries who addressed the crowd inside the Fox Sports Midwest Live! central plaza. After a private VIP party, the doors opened to the general public for a free concert by Third Eye Blind.
Earlier in the day, the Cardinal's had announced a controversial ban on team jerseys except on home game days had been lifted. Cardinal's president Bill DeWitt III spoke with Fox 2 News about the controversy surrounding the dress code at some venues. "It's basically an example of how much people care about this thing," he said. DeWitt says its good that people are worrying about what they're going to wear when the come to Ballpark Village. "So I look at it as a sign that people are highly interested."
The $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village is anchored by Cardinals Nation, Budweiser Brew House, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar, Howl at the Moon, and Drunken Fish. Ballpark Village features five live performance stages, the largest retractable roof of its kind, the biggest indoor TV screen in the Midwest and an outdoor festival space that recreates the infield of the previous Busch Stadium in its exact historical location.
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Additional opening weekend events:
Friday, March 28th
11 AM Open for Lunch: Cardinals Nation, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, Budweiser Brew House & Drunken Fish
5 – 7 PM Founders VIP Event honoring the Construction Workers
Saturday, March 29th
6 – 8:30 PM Cardinals Nation Restaurant Grand Opening Ceremony & Private Party
7 PM St. Louis Blues Hockey Watch Party in FOX Sports Midwest Live!
8:30 – 10 PM Budweiser Brew House Grand Opening
8:30 PM Fireworks Display over Busch Stadium
Sunday, March 30th
11 AM – 5 PM Ballpark Village Family Fun Event
9PM – 1AM Red Bull Hospitality Party
Monday, March 31st
11 AM FOX Sports Midwest Live! Grand Opening
3:10 PM Cardinals Season Opener Watch Party at FOX Sports Midwest Live!
Thursday, April 3rd
6 PM Throwback Thursday Debut at FOX Sports Midwest Live!
Friday, April 4th
5 – 7 PM Inaugural Fridays on Clark featuring Dr. Zhivegas
9 PM PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar Grand Opening Party
9 PM The Barn at PBR St. Louis Grand Opening Party
Monday, April 7th – Opening Day in St. Louis
10 AM Cardinals Nation Museum & Hall of Fame Grand Opening
Noon Opening Day Rally on Busch II Infield & Ballpark Village Lot