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chisoxfanatic
06-16-2008, 09:32 PM
So, I'm going to Busch Stadium for the first time on August 5th to see the Cardinals take on the Dodgers. I'll be flying in to St. Louis, leaving the next day to make it to the Sox game. Is there good public transportation from Lambert Airport to downtown? Also, for those who have been to the ballpark, what are things I should put on my "to do" list inside the ballpark?

Any information will be helpful!

RKMeibalane
06-16-2008, 09:37 PM
So, I'm going to Busch Stadium for the first time on August 5th to see the Cardinals take on the Dodgers. I'll be flying in to St. Louis, leaving the next day to make it to the Sox game. Is there good public transportation from Lambert Airport to downtown? Also, for those who have been to the ballpark, what are things I should put on my "to do" list inside the ballpark?

Any information will be helpful!

I was actually there yesterday. Be sure to try the strawberry lemonade, provided that you don't might forking over $6.25. :cool:

It's a beautiful ballpark, a definite upgrade over the old Busch Stadium.

Frater Perdurabo
06-16-2008, 09:38 PM
So, I'm going to Busch Stadium for the first time on August 5th to see the Cardinals take on the Dodgers. I'll be flying in to St. Louis, leaving the next day to make it to the Sox game. Is there good public transportation from Lambert Airport to downtown? Also, for those who have been to the ballpark, what are things I should put on my "to do" list inside the ballpark?

Any information will be helpful!

Yes, you can take the MetroLink (http://www.metrostlouis.org/) directly from Lambert to Busch Stadium. Just get on any "Shiloh/Scott" or "Emerson Park" train at Lambert, ride toward downtown, and then get off at the "Stadium" station.

I have ridden the MetroLink and can vouch that it is new, safe, clean and passenger-friendly. It doesn't go all over the place like the CTA, but it will go exactly where you need to go.

If you have any time before or after the game, and are confined to walking distance from a MetroLink station, check out the Central West End (great area with offbeat bookstores, restaurants and bars) or Union Station (former railroad station turned into a hotel and mall).

The Arch is just a few blocks walking distance from Bush Stadium.

chisoxfanatic
06-16-2008, 09:47 PM
I was actually there yesterday. Be sure to try the strawberry lemonade, provided that you don't might forking over $6.25. :cool:
What else inside the stadium is a "must see?" And, are the concessions comparable to Comiskey's both in price and what is offered?
Yes, you can take the MetroLink (http://www.metrostlouis.org/) directly from Lambert to Busch Stadium. Just get on any "Shiloh/Scott" or "Emerson Park" train at Lambert, ride toward downtown, and then get off at the "Stadium" station.

I have ridden the MetroLink and can vouch that it is new, safe, clean and passenger-friendly. It doesn't go all over the place like the CTA, but it will go exactly where you need to go.

If you have any time before or after the game, and are confined to walking distance from a MetroLink station, check out the Central West End (great area with offbeat bookstores, restaurants and bars) or Union Station (former railroad station turned into a hotel and mall).

The Arch is just a few blocks walking distance from Bush Stadium.

Thanks for this information, Frater! Is that MetroLink stop at Lambert Airport right inside the terminal, or do you have to go outside and walk to it a little bit?

Frater Perdurabo
06-16-2008, 09:55 PM
What else inside the stadium is a "must see?" And, are the concessions comparable to Comiskey's both in price and what is offered?


Thanks for this information, Frater! Is that MetroLink stop at Lambert Airport right inside the terminal, or do you have to go outside and walk to it a little bit?

You do have to walk outside to the train station; it's not inside the terminal. But it is still on the airport property and lots of air travelers bring luggage aboard the train. There are plenty of signs that point you in the right direction. IIRC it's a shorter walk from the Lambert terminal to the MetroLink station than it is from the Midway Airport terminal to the Orange Line station.

Viva Medias B's
06-17-2008, 10:11 AM
What else inside the stadium is a "must see?" And, are the concessions comparable to Comiskey's both in price and what is offered?

Something I wish we had at USCF: Behind center field, there is a place you can get a custom bad made. A normal bat will cost you about $50.

If you are in St. Louis during the day before the game, you can take a guided tour of Busch Stadium. They take you to see suites, theme restaurants, the umpires tunnel, and the field where you can sit in the Cardinals dugout.

After the game, you can go to Mike Shannon's for food and drink. Usually, Shannon will be broadcasting his postgame show from there.

MeteorsSox4367
06-17-2008, 10:18 AM
chisoxfanatic: You also have the Bowling Hall of Fame located a couple of blocks from Busch. You can also bowl a few frames for a small fee. I did, but I bowled like crap because I didn't have my ball and my shoes.

If you've never been in the Arch, by all means check it out. The tram cars that take you to the top are a little snug, but as a member of the big and tall club, if I can fit, anyone can.

And since we all know your passion for hockey, maybe you can stop by the Savvis Center, home of your St. Louis Blues.

skottyj242
06-17-2008, 11:02 AM
The Bowling Hall of Fame rocks the socks off of all who dare enter.

chisoxfanatic
06-17-2008, 05:23 PM
chisoxfanatic: You also have the Bowling Hall of Fame located a couple of blocks from Busch. You can also bowl a few frames for a small fee. I did, but I bowled like crap because I didn't have my ball and my shoes.

If you've never been in the Arch, by all means check it out. The tram cars that take you to the top are a little snug, but as a member of the big and tall club, if I can fit, anyone can.

And since we all know your passion for hockey, maybe you can stop by the Savvis Center, home of your St. Louis Blues.

I'll have to be like Zhamnov and PASS on going to the Keil Center. I'd love to go there another time to watch our Hawks beat the Blows to death. :wink:

The other two suggestions sound great, otherwise!

Frater Perdurabo
06-17-2008, 07:41 PM
If you've never been in the Arch, by all means check it out. The tram cars that take you to the top are a little snug, but as a member of the big and tall club, if I can fit, anyone can.

The Arch is one of those things you sort of have to do just to say you've done it. But overall it's overrated. The tram cars are VERY snug; I hope you like the people crammed in with you. The wait to get on the tram can be several hours. There is no air conditioning on the cars or on the observation deck. Hope you're not claustrophobic. The windows at the top are narrow and few; it's hard to jockey for viewing position with dozens of other tourists. East St. Louis isn't pretty to look at, either. The actual museum underneath the Arch is very cool, though, and I recommend it highly.

DSpivack
06-17-2008, 08:16 PM
The Arch is one of those things you sort of have to do just to say you've done it. But overall it's overrated. The tram cars are VERY snug; I hope you like the people crammed in with you. The wait to get on the tram can be several hours. There is no air conditioning on the cars or on the observation deck. Hope you're not claustrophobic. The windows at the top are narrow and few; it's hard to jockey for viewing position with dozens of other tourists. East St. Louis isn't pretty to look at, either. The actual museum underneath the Arch is very cool, though, and I recommend it highly.

My dad lived in Springfield, IL when I was growing up, so St. Louis was a pretty routine destination. When I was little we went into that little museum many times, and I'd learn about the 'gateway to the west' and expansion and the like, but not once did we go up into the arch, oddly enough.

Frater Perdurabo
06-17-2008, 08:29 PM
My dad lived in Springfield, IL when I was growing up, so St. Louis was a pretty routine destination. When I was little we went into that little museum many times, and I'd learn about the 'gateway to the west' and expansion and the like, but not once did we go up into the arch, oddly enough.

I lived as a kid in Springfield as a kid from 1980-1983, so I was a Cards fan before I even heard of the Sox. We never visited St. Louis as a destination, but passed though it each year we went to visit my relatives in Texas (and continued to pass through St. Louis on our way to Texas after our family had moved to Chicago). The Arch was always such a cool sight from I-55, and I always wanted to go up in it. But when I finally did a few years ago (2003 or 2004), I was sorely disappointed. But again, the museum was great.

2906
06-18-2008, 09:40 AM
So, I'm going to Busch Stadium for the first time on August 5th to see the Cardinals take on the Dodgers. I'll be flying in to St. Louis, leaving the next day to make it to the Sox game. Is there good public transportation from Lambert Airport to downtown? Also, for those who have been to the ballpark, what are things I should put on my "to do" list inside the ballpark?

Any information will be helpful!

Try the Broadway Oyster Bar just south of the stadium on Broadway. Not really an oyster bar per se (although they do have oysters), it's a great bar/grill with an outdoor area that's usually jumping before and after games.

Also, the Soulard area about 3/4 mile south of the ballpark is a wonderful area with all kinds of eating/drinking establishments. Many offer free transportation to the game if you have a drink or two.

MeteorsSox4367
06-18-2008, 10:23 AM
The Arch is one of those things you sort of have to do just to say you've done it. But overall it's overrated. The tram cars are VERY snug; I hope you like the people crammed in with you. The wait to get on the tram can be several hours. There is no air conditioning on the cars or on the observation deck. Hope you're not claustrophobic. The windows at the top are narrow and few; it's hard to jockey for viewing position with dozens of other tourists. East St. Louis isn't pretty to look at, either. The actual museum underneath the Arch is very cool, though, and I recommend it highly.

Frater: I agree with you on the claustrophobia part and yeah, I could pass on East St. Louis, too. I've just always thought the Arch was way cool and wanted to go in it. Plus, I went later in the afternoon and the sun shining on the old Busch Stadium was pretty neat.

I agree about the museum underneath being interesting and worth stopping by. I also picked up a cool poster of the Arch.

Frater Perdurabo
06-18-2008, 11:54 AM
Also, the Soulard area about 3/4 mile south of the ballpark is a wonderful area with all kinds of eating/drinking establishments. Many offer free transportation to the game if you have a drink or two.

If you go to Soulard, check out Fat Toney's BBQ. Order the "Splitter." Trust me. :D:

Frater Perdurabo
06-18-2008, 01:17 PM
Frater: I agree with you on the claustrophobia part and yeah, I could pass on East St. Louis, too. I've just always thought the Arch was way cool and wanted to go in it. Plus, I went later in the afternoon and the sun shining on the old Busch Stadium was pretty neat.

I agree about the museum underneath being interesting and worth stopping by. I also picked up a cool poster of the Arch.

The Arch is very cool and I'm glad I went. Maybe I'll take my son up in it when he's old enough and if he's interested. But I won't go again just for myself.

nut_stock
06-18-2008, 02:43 PM
The ballpark is fun to walk around in although sometimes getting to the Upperdeck is like making your way through a maze if you enter the ballpark behind home plate. The upperdeck concourse is open so you can look out upon the city.

On the main concourse you can order BBQ in Right center field. Don't waste your time with their Bratworst...Clearly the Sox and Brewers offer better brats.

Near the ballpark there is J Bucks restaraunt, Mike Shannons (a bit pricey), TGI Fridays, Hooters, and Hardees. Theres's an interesting party bar called Patio's just south of the stadium on the other side of Hwy 40.

Also along the Metrolink is Lacledes Landing which has Morgan Street Brewpub, which I like.

I haven't been to the new Luimere Place which is a big new casino complex across from the Dome.

FYI the Metrolink shuts down shortly after midnight.