(KMOV) – The St. Louis Cardinals kick off their first homestand of the season Monday, and a significant amount of law enforcement will be in all areas surrounding downtown and Busch Stadium to handle the large crowds.
Police urge fans driving to the game to park in well-lit, populated areas. Drivers are recommended to keep valuables are hidden from plane sight or locked in the trunk.
Police also say fans should drink responsibly, as criminals often target people who appear intoxicated.
Here are also a number of closures to be aware of when heading downtown for the game:
Memorial Drive is a giant work zone and is closed between Walnut and Pine. The only way coming from Illinois and getting on Memorial and Market is now gone because of the work around the Arch Grounds.
Clark Street will also be closed to traffic on Opening Day and will be closed for every home game now because of Ballpark Village.
Authorities advise the best way to travel to the game is MetroLink. Park for free at the stops and ride the train to the game.
The home opener starts at 3:15 p.m., but the gates in Busch Stadium at 1:15 p.m. Police say fans need to give themselves plenty of time to get to the stadium.