After years in the making, the much-anticipated St. Louis Ballpark Village will officially open its doors to the public on Thursday. But those planning on visiting will want to be aware of a strict dress code at several of the entertainment district’s venues.
While Ballpark Village doesn’t have a dress code itself, all eight of the bars located inside the village share the same code after 9 p.m.
The following is not permitted:
Sleeveless shirts on men, profanity on clothing, exposed undergarments on men, sweat pants, full sweat suits, excessively long shirts (when standing upright with arms at your side, the bottom of your shirt can not extend below the tip of your fingers), jerseys (sleeved jerseys are permitted in conjunction with a cardinals game or any other major St. Louis sporting event), athletic shorts and excessively sagging pants or shorts bandanas.
The Budweiser Brewhouse will also not allow hats of any kind on its second floor.
Kids will also not be allowed in after 9 p.m.
Project managers for village next to Busch Stadium say they want the entertainment complex to be “family friendly,” even as concerns are raised about the strict late-night dress code.
Alderman Antonio French says discriminating against people based on what they wear “is not a very welcoming message.” The Cardinals and co-developer the Cordish Co. say the policy does not target minorities.
The approximately 120,000 square foot multi-story project also includes Cardinals Nation, described as a bar-restaurant and Hall of Fame museum. Other venues include Ted Drewes, Howl at the Moon, Drunken Fish, Ballpark Village Live! Marketplace and PBR St. Louis: A Cowboy Bar.
The 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.