Busch Stadium crews work to repair torn-up outfield


by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com staff


Posted on September 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 11:59 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Grounds crew workers at Busch Stadium put in extra hours trying to prepare the field for the upcoming Cardinals game Monday.

Busch Stadium’s field was torn up as the Southern Illinois University - Carbondale and Southeast Missouri football teams competed against each other Saturday.

Rolls and rolls of new sod were put down onto the field Sunday. Now some people have called into question whether or not the football game was worth it.

Webster University Sports Economics Professor Patrick Rishe said the decision to have the game came at a curious time considering the playoffs are close.

An athletic official at Southern Illinois University said everyone knew the football game would tear up the field and said the Cardinals were willing to pay the money for a new outfield.

The Cardinals website said they were aware of the damage that would occur because of the game and were prepared to deal with it.

Rishe said the reason the Cardinals go after games like the football game or the previous soccer games is because of the added money.

“In particular, the Cardinals, they had to pay for 80 percent of their facility,” Rishe said, “So they’re going to go after those opportunities such as soccer games and football games.”

Rishe said the cost could go even farther up if the new turf suddenly caused problems for the Cardinals during the most critical time of the year for baseball.