Featuring St. Louis superman, the 2011 World Series trophy, many bundled-up Cardinals fans and at least one Nationals fan. Photos by Steve Truesdell for Riverfront Times, shot around Busch Stadium on Monday, October 8, 2012 before Game 2 of the 2012 National League Division Series.
"Space Oddity" kicked in shortly after 9 p.m. and a camera showed U2 entering from some tunnel in order of reverse celebrity, with Bono taking up the rear and flashing a peace sign into the camera at his screaming worshipers. The World's Biggest Live Band took its place in the ring, greeted by 10,000 cell phone cameras, and burst into "Even Better Than The Real Thing" -- a spectacular song by almost any measure. Click here to continue reading Kiernan Maletsky's review of the U2 360 Tour at Bush Stadium Photos by Jason Stoff.
Another Opening Day in St. Louis arrived on April 8, when St. Louis returned from a trip out West to face the Cincinnati Reds. The sun was shining, there were thousands who took the day off work, and as they do every season, many fans brought dusted off their ridiculous hats for another Opening Day. Photos by Jon Gichoff for the Riverfront Times.
Scenes from inside and around Busch Stadium on Thursday, May 23, 2013 during the post-season exhibition match between London football club Chelsea F.C. and Manchester City F.C., who finished third and second respectively on last season's Premier League table. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
Despite a terrible night on the field -- beginning with starting pitcher Shelby Miller getting plunked on the elbow by a line-drive after his second pitch of the night -- where the Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 13-4, plenty of St. Louisans dressed up for the club's first-ever Star Wars night at Busch Stadium, on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
After a dramatic win in Game 2, the Cardinals brought the World Series back to Busch tied up 1-1. We caught up with some fans -- many fully in the spirit of Halloween -- before Game 3 and bring back these photos. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
St. Louis has been a welcoming home to tens of thousands of Bosnian refugees who fled their southeastern European home of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early '90s, as a result of the breakup of Yugoslavia and the ensuing Bosnian War. And while the national team -- making its first World Cup appearance ever next summer -- lost 2-0 to an Argentinian team that's expected to challenge for that World Cup in Brazil (thanks to two goals from an in-form Sergio Aguero), just about 99.9 percent of the 30,000 or so fans at Busch Stadium for the international friendly were loud-and-proud Bosnians.
Not even Mother Nature could stop St. Louis from celebrating the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener of the 2014 season on April 7, 2014. The Cards took on the Cincinnati Reds in front of a packed Busch Stadium, and plenty of fans fought the drizzle with ponchos and Brock-a-brellas. After all, it's the Cardinal way.
Revered frankfurter purveyor Nathan's Famous brought its well-known hot dog-eating contest to Busch Stadium May 17, 2014. A qualifying round for the international contest that will be held on Independence Day in Coney Island, New York, this weekend's event at Busch crowned one man and one woman as regional champs, but not without some tension. In the men's division, an initial tally declared Eric "Badlands" Booker of Queens, New York, the winner, but a closer inspection revealed that Sean "Flash" Gordon of Downingtown, Penn., was the actual winner with 27.5 hot dogs to Booker's 27 hot dogs. Marlene Wiggington of Troy, Ill., won the women's division by eating 9.5 hot dogs.
The winners of the St. Louis qualifier will head to New York to compete against champs from thirteen other cities on the Nathan's Famous circuit. The event, an annual tradition since 1916, will be broadcast on ESPN. Last year's men's winner ate 69 wieners and buns in 10 minutes, while the winner of the women's division ate 36.75 in the same amount of time.
The Force was with fans who attended Star Wars night at Busch Stadium on July 9, 2014. The second-annual event showcased music and characters from George Lucas' famous sci-fi franchise, and ticket holders took home a limited-edition St. Louis Cardinals shirt featuring R2-D2. Chewbacca threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Cards pitcher Tyler Lyons before the game, with Fredbird serving as the home-plate umpire. The Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2.
The final Cardinals home game of the season usually is cause for celebration, but for many St. Louisans, the September 21, 2014 game served as an opportunity to make a statement. On the day the Cardinals clinched a spot in the postseason, baseball fans and Ferguson protesters mingled in and around Busch Stadium as the Cincinnati Reds triumphed over the Redbirds 7-2. Protesters continued demanding justice and accountability in the case of Michael Brown, the eighteen-year-old man who was shot by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014.
On April 4, 2015, in front of a record crowd of 35,817 fans that packed Busch Stadium, the U.S. Women's National Team cruised to a 4-0 victory against New Zealand in its first match on home soil this year. A highlight of the game included St. Louis native Lori Chalupny scoring late in the second half to put the game away for the USA.
Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
Thousands of fans flooded Busch Stadium in a sea of red yesterday for St. Louis' favorite unofficial holiday: Cardinals opening day. We sent photographer Theo Welling downtown to capture the festivities.
It's our brand-spankin' new stadium, and we couldn't be more excited. Home of the National League's finest, the St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium is ground zero for Redbirds fans. Tours are available (call for details), and while the building is too new to have much history, it's just a matter of time.