Stadium Name: Busch Stadium
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Team: Saint Louis Cardinals
Stadium Rating: B – –
First Game: Not sure, but the Cardinals defeated the Diamondbacks
Let me preface this post by saying that my Stadium Rating of B – – (yes, two minuses) is completely unfair.
I mean, look at that photo. Busch Stadium is a beautiful stadium, located right on the Mississippi with the gateway arch in the background. Unfortunately, a big part of my rating is based on the experience I had at the game itself, and I’ve only had the privilege of going to one game there.
So as I said, what a beautiful stadium. A stone’s throw from the Mighty Mississippi, this is a park that you just don’t miss when driving through Saint Louis into Illinois. Every summer as I took roadtrips with my family, we’d drive right by Busch on the way to see family.
Why did I give it a B – – rating then? Let me explain.
I couldn’t possibly give it a C, because aesthetically speaking, it is a cool park with a great view despite being the heart of downtown. But I wanted to rate it just a bit lower than a few others because of my one bad experience.
The game I went to against the Diamondbacks was a hot one. Growing up in Texas, I’ve been to a few hot games. No big deal. But this one was a scorcher. The heat index was 109 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 0. 9.
And somehow the D-Backs were wearing black jerseys.
It was so hot that the Cardinals basically felt legally obligated to give out free ice water, which is not a thing at baseball games.
I’ve gotten heat exhaustion from being at a baseball game in Texas and was taken to the hospital in a stretcher, so I’m not lying to you when I say it was unbelievably hot that day.
The good thing is that if I go back to Busch Stadium, I’m sure I’ll have a wonderful experience and my rating will jump significantly. The problem is that my sample size is just too low. I’m sweating thinking about how bad that game was.
Saint Louis, I’ll give it another go when I can. But on this day, the heat won.
Current Stadium Rankings:
- Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs – Chicago, IL)
- PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates – Pittsburgh, PA)
- Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros – Houston, TX)
- Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers – Arlington, TX)
- Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers – Milwaukee, WI)
- Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks – Phoenix, AZ)
- Busch Stadium (Saint Louis Cardinals – Saint Louis, Missouri)
- Guaranteed Rate Field (Chicago White Sox – Chicago, IL)