As construction of the first phase of Ballpark Village enters the final home stretch, the St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies today announced the preliminary details on a series of grand opening events that commence with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony and free concert with national recording artist Third Eye Blind on Thursday, March 27th.
“While we are still finalizing exact details, we want fans to circle some important dates,” Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals said. “We are excited for everyone to finally see and experience everything that Ballpark Village has to offer.”
A variety of events culminating with the Cardinals home opener on Monday April 7th are planned to showcase the development that promises to become a premier year-round baseball, restaurant, and entertainment destination. The $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village will make its public debut on Thursday, March 27th with an opening ceremony, followed by a VIP party and a free concert for the public within FOX Sports Midwest Live! featuring national recording artist Third Eye Blind. Doors open to the public at 9 p.m.
“More than a week’s worth of opening festivities will highlight the multiple facets of Ballpark Village, creating tremendous excitement in the community,” said Chase Martin, Development Director for Cordish. “This is a special development unlike any other in the United States.”
All venues will be open for business following the Grand Opening on March 27th, with various individual grand opening celebrations planned at each venue. A full listing of the schedule is below.
Ballpark Village Grand Opening Events Schedule
Thursday, March 27th
5 PM Opening Ceremony
6 PM Private VIP Party
9 PM FREE Concert by National Recording Artist Third Eye Blind on the FOX Sports Midwest Live! Stage
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
Ballpark Village (#BallparkVillage)
The construction of Ballpark Village represents the next step in the Cardinals’ vision for downtown St. Louis that began with the opening of the new $411 million privately-financed Busch Stadium in 2006. Located on 10-acres just north of Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village is the first master-planned development designed around a new MLB ballpark. The $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village represents one of the top restaurant and entertainment districts in the region. The approximately 120,000 square foot multi-story project is visible beyond the left center field wall, and compliments the energy and excitement of the game day experience.
The 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.
Cardinals Nation (#CardsNation)
Cardinals Nation is a first-of-its-kind 34,000 square foot venue on four levels that features a two-story restaurant and bar, an 8,000 square foot world-class Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a Cardinals Authentics (#CardsAuthentics) retail store featuring game used memorabilia, and a 334-seat roof top deck with spectacular game views and an all-inclusive experience unlike anything in baseball today.
The Cardinals Nation restaurant will feature a high-energy, memorabilia-infused space designed by the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Beers International. There will be three separate patios, two large bars, and unparalleled sports viewing with large flat screen TVs and other multimedia features. Cardinals Nation will set a new standard for sports-inspired restaurants. The Cardinals Nation rooftop seating deck will feature ticketed seats looking into Busch Stadium and will include amenities such as all-inclusive food and beverage, a complimentary ticket to the Cardinals museum, Busch Stadium audio/visual feeds, and access to other areas within Ballpark Village. Cardinals Nation will be the official headquarters for Cardinals fans who want to stay connected to the team year-round.
The new Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation will feature the largest team-held collection in baseball and second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 16,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. With over 8,000 square feet on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Museum (#CardsMuseum) will celebrate the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.
The Cardinals Hall of Fame (#CardsHOF), which honors the greatest players and other important figures in team history, will be just outside the new museum on the second floor and is free to the public. Members of the Hall of Fame will be permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones with plaques produced by Mathews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
FOX Sports Midwest Live! (#FSMLive)
At the heart of Ballpark Village will be a central gathering place and plaza known as FOX Sports Midwest Live!. FOX Sports Midwest Live! is a 20,000 square foot entertainment marketplace that will feature a world class audio-video presentation including an approximately 40-foot LED screen and performance stage, providing St. Louis sports fans with the best sports viewing experiences in the country and enhancing live events with immersive audio and video. Also included under the one-of-a kind 100 foot long retractable glass roof is a stage for live concerts, a 200-seat restaurant, and a VIP seating area to enjoy the big game.
FOX Sports Midwest, the television home of the Cardinals, will have a new studio on the second level overlooking the FOX Sports Midwest Live! FOX Sports Midwest expects to produce more than 200 shows per year at the new studio, which will feature a look directly into Busch Stadium from behind the anchor desk. Meanwhile, visitors inside Ballpark Village will be able to watch FOX Sports Midwest’s shows live and cameras inside and around the entertainment district will show the game day atmosphere. The Cardinals Live pre-game and post-game shows will air live from the studio for home and road games.
Budweiser Brew House (#BudBrewHouse)
The Budweiser Brew House is a three-level, 26,000-square-foot venue that offers an unparalleled beer and dining experience for baseball fans and visitors in St. Louis. The destination includes an outdoor beer garden, an interior inspired by Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser’s rich heritage and commitment to quality, and a rooftop deck that puts St. Louis Cardinals fans within reach of baseball heaven.
PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar (#PBRSTL)
PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar will bring an authentic world-class country experience to Ballpark Village. Each location of PBR (Professional Bull Riders) features its own unique high-quality design, but with shared attractions including a large dance floor, a soft-seating lounge area, private outdoor balconies, multiple bars, and the world’s meanest mechanical bull as a showpiece element to the club. PBR St. Louis will offer an expansive beer and bourbon list.
The Barn at PBR (#STLBarn)
A live music joint, The Barn will be located inside PBR St. Louis and will continue the great live music tradition PBR venues have become known for around the United States. It will feature the best local, regional and national entertainment on a nightly basis. The intimate setting will feature a stage in front of the grand stone fireplace, state-of-the-art sound and cathedral ceilings exemplifying a chic but rustic barn feel. The Barn will share a 70 foot island bar with PBR and will embark floor to ceiling windows with Arch and city skyline views.
Howl at the Moon (#HowlatSTLBPV)
Described as “The Dueling Piano Bar that Rocks,” Howl at the Moon is one of the premier nightlife concepts in the country. Howl at the Moon is a high-energy concept centered around live music and audience participation. Howl’s talented and versatile entertainers perform everything from 80s rock to today’s hits on dueling pianos, drums, guitars and more.
Drunken Fish (#DrunkenFishatSTLBPV)
Locally owned by Munsok So, Drunken Fish is widely recognized as the premier sushi restaurant in the Midwest region. Unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, the selection of sensational sushi and exquisite Japanese cuisine will satisfy every appetite, while the extensive drink menu boasts an eclectic list of signature martinis and exotic drinks. With vibrant modern décor, a private dining room, and Ballpark Village’s only glowing LED tables, Drunken Fish creates a plush and comfortable setting to grab dinner and drinks with your significant other or a group of friends. Large front doors create open air seating for the interior dining room while leading to our lavish outdoor patio and lounge. With displays of endless large screen TVs and live entertainment on game days and weekends, Drunken Fish is the perfect place to see and be seen.
Tengo Sed & Tengo Hambre (#TengoSTLBPV)
Tengo Sed is all Fiesta, No Siesta. This cool, eclectic and high energy hang-out within FOX Sports Midwest Live! marketplace features south of the border flavor including in-house specialty sauces, Tex-Mex favorites and disarmingly good margaritas. Tengo Sed provides a lively atmosphere with great views of the FOX Sports Midwest Live! concert stage. Tengo Hambre, a fast-serve counter brings unique style and approach to Tex-Mex dining in the FOX Sports Midwest Live! Marketplace. Tengo Hambre will serve its famous street tacos and margaritas on-the-go.
Ted Drewes (#EatTedDrewesatBPV)
St. Louis’ favorite frozen custard, Ted Drewes, will be a feature product inside FOX Sports Midwest Live! and on the new exterior event plaza located on the former Busch Stadium infield. Ted Drewes has been selling frozen custard and Christmas trees in the St. Louis region since he opened his first Gateway City location in 1930.
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