Members of the media were allowed access to check out the progress of Ballpark Village on Tues., March 25, days before the much-anticipated entertainment district was set to open its doors to the public.
The $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village will make its public debut Thursday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free Third Eye Blind concert, which will be held within FOX Sports Midwest Live!
The approximately 120,000 square foot multi-story project includes Cardinals Nation, described as a bar-restaurant and Hall of Fame museum, and the Budweiser Brew House, a restaurant and beer garden. Both will be located alongside Clark Street.
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.
All venues will be open for business at 9 p.m., with various individual grand opening celebrations planned at each venue throughout the next week.
A full listing of the schedule is below:
Thurs., March 27
5 PM - Opening Ceremony
9 PM - FREE Concert by National Recording Artist Third Eye Blind on the FOX Sports Midwest Live! Stage
Fri., March 28
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
Sat. March 29
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
Sat., March 30
11 AM-5 PM - Ballpark Village Family Fun Event
9PM-1AM - Red Bull Hospitality Party
Mon., March 31
11 AM - FOX Sports Midwest Live! Grand Opening
3:10 PM - Cardinals Season Opener Watch Party at FOX Sports Midwest Live!
Thurs. April 3
6 PM - Throwback Thursday Debut at FOX Sports Midwest Live!
Fri., April 4
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
Mon., April 7- 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
Read about each venue of Ballpark Village below, as described by the St. Louis Cardinals:
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.