Cards' game 5, Blues rivalry make for exciting night in St. Louis

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by Brendan Marks / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 5:53 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 9 at 10:27 PM

(KMOV) – Wednesday will make for an exciting sports day in St. Louis as the Cardinals look to keep their postseason alive while the Blues put their perfect record on the line against the defending Stanley Cup champions Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blues drop the puck against Chicago at 7 p.m. while the Cards’ first pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates is scheduled for 7:07 p.m.

The big questions - in addition to how the games will play out - is how fans will share their attention and money, and what the traffic scene in downtown St. Louis will look like at 6 p.m.

Blues officials have already said they anticipate the Cardinal game will impact their ticket sales.

That said, the Blues nearly sold-out their home opener the same day the Cards opened the National League Divisional series against the Pirates.

But that day there was just about three hours between starts times, while Wednesday there is only about a seven-minute difference.

No matter who wins, it’ll be a win for the local economy. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission estimates fans will spend nearly $5 million for Wednesday’s Cardinals game alone.

The fight for the spotlight could result in more affordable secondary tickets to the Blues game and more no-shows than would be expected for a standard Blackhawks game. 

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