The following information was provided by the St. Louis Cardinals press office:
ST. LOUIS -- As the Cardinals make their eighth appearance in the postseason since 2000, here are details about how fans can follow the team and share in the excitement surrounding the 2011 Postseason. The Cardinals stand 11 victories away from their 11th World Championship in 2011. The best-of-five National League Division Series starts tomorrow in Philadelphia.
Game Schedule & Other Details
NLDS Game 1: Cardinals – Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
Saturday, October 1, 2011 -- 5:07 PM ET (4:07 CT)
NLDS Game 2: Cardinals – Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
Sunday, October 2, 2011 – 8:07 PM ET (7:07 CT)
NLDS Game 3: Cardinals – Phillies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 – 4:00 PM CT.
-A Special Pre-Game Rally with live music & other entertainment will take place before the game.
-Gates will open two hours before the game.
-The Budweiser Clydesdales will circle the field in a pregame ceremony.
NLDS Game 4: Cardinals – Phillies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (If necessary)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 – 5:00 PM CT.
-Gates will open two hours before the game.
NLDS Game 5: Cardinals – Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (If necessary)
Friday, October 7, 2011 – game time to be determined
Watching on TV
Fans can watch the Division Series games on TBS. (Direct TV- Channel 247; DISH – Channel 139; U-Verse – Channel 112/1112 HD; Charter – Varies – consult your program guide).
Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) and the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the games or listen to the national broadcast on ESPN Radio (101.1 FM) or XM Radio.
Fans can follow the games for free on cardinals.com or MLB.com using the Gameday program. In addition, fans can subscribe to watch live streaming video of the Division Series and Championship Series games for a one-time fee of $5.95. The service, available only to U.S. residents, allows fans to catch all the game action, including the ability to watch up to four select camera angles simultaneously in Quad Mode. Fans can access the service online at cardinals.com and MLB.com by clicking on the Postseason.TV link.
On The Go
Fans can also take advantage of the special Postseason pricing for the MLB.com At Bat 11 of just $4.99. Catch every pitch of every game of the postseason as the app is available for iPhones, iPads, Android based phones and tablets, Windows Phone 7, HP webOS Tablets and Blackberry devises.
Driving to the Games
MoDOT’s construction work on area interstates in the City of St. Louis should be completed by the time fans make their way downtown for playoff games Tuesday and Wednesday. Motorists who use I-70 in the city should remember that the express lanes will be closed, so they should allow extra time for their drive.
Motorists coming from areas further west in St. Charles and St. Louis County should also allow extra time for their commute. For travel information, contact MoDOT at 1-888 ASK MoDOT or visit www.gatewayguide.com
MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and concert traffic. MetroLink will extend its hours of operation and add additional trains to accommodate Cardinal fans. Metro will continue MetroLink service until the downtown stations are cleared after the game.
“Dress Red for Kids” gives fans a way to rally behind team while helping others
The Cardinals are urging employers throughout Cardinals Nation to sponsor “Dress Red for Kids” days to rally support for the team while raising money for Cardinals Care. Dress Red for Kids is the Cardinals fun version of the popular office “casual Fridays” or office “dress down” days, with a charitable component.
The Cardinals are asking organizations to urge their employees to make a modest (suggested minimum $1) donation to Cardinals Care to be allowed to dress in casual Cardinals attire as a show of support for the team and a way of helping kids in our community. Organizations can learn more and sign up at cardinals.com/dressred .
Fun Franchise Facts
-The Cardinals were founded in 1882 as an American Association Team called the St. Louis Brown Stockings.
-In 1892, the team moved to the National League and changed the team name to the St. Louis Browns. In 1899, the name was changed to the Perfectos, and in 1900, the name was changed to the St. Louis Cardinals.
-From 1902-1954, an American League Team called the St. Louis Browns also played in St. Louis. In 1954, they moved to Baltimore and became the Baltimore Orioles.
-The Cardinals have won over 9,300 games, 10 World Series Championships, 17 National League Pennants, 3 National League Eastern Division Titles, and 8 National League Central Division Titles.
-There are over 40 former Cardinal players and managers enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
-The Cardinals bring more than 3 million fans downtown each year, with more than a million coming from outside of the state of Missouri.
-Over 90% of fans attending Cardinals games come from outside of the City of St. Louis.
-There are approximately 3,000 day-of-game employees at Busch Stadium.
-The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) estimates that the economic impact of the 2011 Cardinals’ season on the St. Louis region exceeded $313 million, with an estimated $155.3 million this year in direct impact and $158.3 million in in-direct regional economic activity. RCGA projects the additional impact of postseason baseball could be in excess of $50 million in direct and indirect economic activity.
-In one year, the Stadium sells:
540,000 hot dogs; 181,000 pounds of nacho chips; and 32,000 gallons of nacho cheese.
-In 2011, the Cardinals had 36 Promotional Giveaways, ranging from magnet schedules and wall calendars to bats, hats, pennants and bobbleheads.
-The Cardinals radio network is the second largest in baseball (next to Braves) with 117 stations in nine states (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee) with the potential to reach over 21 million listeners.
-The Cardinals local television market ratings finished the 2011 season second among all 30 MLB teams with a 9.0 rating (second only to the Phillies). The Cardinals have finished as one of the top three MLB teams in local market ratings every year since 2000. The Wednesday, September 28th game vs. the Houston Astros was the top-rated event ever aired on Fox Sports Midwest.
-In 2011, the Cardinals surpassed the three million mark in attendance for the 15th time in franchise history, while going over the 150 million mark since joining the National League in 1892. The 2011 attendance at Busch (3,093,954) ranked third in the National League and seventh overall in Major League Baseball.
-In 2011, Cardinals Care hosted their second annual Run Home for Kids 6K that had over 500 participants helping to raise more than $160,000 for the community foundation. Cardinals Care distributed more than $315,000 this season to area non-profits between their spring and summer grant cycles. On April 19th Cardinals Care dedicated Yadier Molina Field, one of 19 fields built by their Redbird Rookies program.
-During the month of September Cardinals fans were asked to join the team in celebrating the voice of the Cardinals, Mike Shannon. The “Like Mike” campaign was a social media campaign that encouraged fans to vote for Shannon to have his name placed on a list to be considered for the Ford C. Frick Award. In 2010 a similar social media based campaign was successful in helping Stan Musial be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
-During the 2011 season, the Cardinals’ For a Greener Game initiative successfully diverted over 389 tons of waste from landfills this season and recycled more than 322 tons of material. More than six tons of food was donated to Operation Food Search totaling over $40,000 worth of food.
Sixteen Seasons of Baseball Like it Ought to Be
In March 1996, a group of investors led by Bill DeWitt Jr. purchased the Cardinals from Anheuser Busch. Upon purchasing the team, the Cardinals made a number of investments to improve the team and Busch Stadium, including installing a natural grass playing surface and promoting an ethic of Baseball Like it Ought to Be to honor the franchise’s rich history and loyal fans. What follows is a list of accomplishments, milestones and highlights both on and off the playing field the last sixteen seasons:
-The team has finished in first place eight times, won two NL pennants and one World Series
-The team ranks 4th in wins in MLB (1,408, .544 winning pct.), trailing only the Yankees, Braves and Red Sox
-The second highest batting average (.269) and the second most runs (12,604) in the NL, trailing only the Rockies.
-Cardinals’ players have won three MVPs, one Cy Young, one Rookie of the Year, 15 Silver Slugger awards, 21 Gold Gloves, and 46 players have been selected to NL All-Star Teams.
-In 1995, the Cardinals team payroll was ranked 16th in the industry, according to USA Today rankings. Entering this season, the team payroll has averaged 9th, trailing only the Mets, Dodgers, Braves and Cubs in the NL during that period.
-The Cardinals have drawn over 50 million fans, averaging close to 3.2 million a season – 3rd overall in MLB behind the Yankees and Dodgers.
-Expanded the team’s international footprint, operating baseball academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, as well as employing personnel in six countries outside the US.
-In 1997 the Cardinals created the charitable foundation Cardinals Care, which has since distributed over $18 million to area non-profit youth organizations, built 19 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods and currently serves over 4,500 kids per season as part of the Redbird Rookies program.
-In 1998, the Cardinals opened the $28 Million Roger Dean Stadium and Sports Complex in Jupiter, Florida. In 2002, the team purchased the Charlotte Rangers, renamed them the Palm Beach Cardinals and moved them to Jupiter.
-Since 2005, the Cardinals have owned and operated the AA Texas League Springfield Cardinals franchise that plays at the new Hammons Field in Springfield Missouri.
-In 2006 the Cardinals moved into the new $411 million Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. The team covered nearly 90 percent of the cost of the project, including infrastructure.
-Over the last fifteen seasons, donated nearly 4 million complimentary tickets to children and charities
-Developed "4 A Greener Game Program" which has recycled a total of 1633 tons of material so far. Since the new ballpark opened in 2006, the team has reduced its energy use by 15%, its water use by 10%.
-Invested over $1 million upgrading the Cardinals Museum’s collection, now second only to Cooperstown in terms of size with over 15,000 artifacts.
-Hosted the 2009 All-Star Game. The week’s worth of activities and events set attendance records and bolstered St. Louis’ reputation as America’s best baseball city.
BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER
Bag Inspections Policy
-The standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium will be in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.
-Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras as long as they do not obstruct other guest’s view and will be subject to inspection. No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB Postseason credentials.
-Non-alcoholic beverages such as water & soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.
-Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.
-Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.
-Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process.
-Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.
Standard Exit/Re-entry Policies are in effect. Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand stamped at Gates 1, 2 or 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.
No Smoking Policy
Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect. Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/Re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gates 1, 2 and 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Fans will get their hand stamped as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.