Busch Stadium - A Fan's Review (8/15/09)

Busch Stadium is the home of the National League Central St. Louis Cardinals.

You know how it is when you've been at work all day and thinking of that steak that you're going to barbeque when you get home.......and then you do it.....but the taste isn't quite the same as you were dreaming about all day. Well, that's the way I came away from Busch Stadium. It's a nice ballpark - but my expectations were higher.

We're talking one of the most storied franchises in baseball where they pack the house every night - a team with a with a winning tradition......and yet.....there's not one thing I remember about Busch (think Ivy, Monument Park, the Green Monster, Fountains). Not a thing.

Having said all that, Busch is a good baseball venue. The promenade outside the ballpark captures the essence of Cardinal tradition and culture and it offers a source of entertainment before the gates open. The concourses inside are wide enough and the restrooms are clean and plentiful. Food stands offer the usual baseball menu but again - where's the signature food that you say - when I got to Busch I have to have one of those (think crabfries, Philly cheesesteak, a Nathan's hot dog).

What I WILL remember is the brand of baseball that the Cardinals put on the field (Albert Pujols hit two home runs and Chris Carpenter pitched a gem). And after all, it is about baseball - isn't it?

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Steve Contursi
Ghent, NY
August 15, 2009