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Viva Medias B's
10-19-2005, 11:42 PM
Mike Shannon just said on KMOX that the wrecking ball is already outside of Busch Stadium and that the demolition work begins Thursday morning. There will still be a big implosion at some point, but the demolition crews have to do preliminary work before that happens. I think they have to remove the seats and demolish the lower deck. Tearing down the lower deck beforehand makes it easier for Busch Stadium to fall upon itself when the implosion takes place.

SouthSide_HitMen
10-19-2005, 11:49 PM
Mike Shannon just said on KMOX that the wrecking ball is already outside of Busch Stadium and that the demolition work begins Thursday morning. There will still be a big implosion at some point, but the demolition crews have to do preliminary work before that happens. I think they have to remove the seats and demolish the lower deck. Tearing down the lower deck beforehand makes it easier for Busch Stadium to fall upon itself when the implosion takes place.

It's sad Busch is coming down and KMOX is signing off on Cardinal games. I've listened to many games on 1120 AM - mostly on radio but the past few years online as well. I think this deal will bite them in the ass.

I'm not pleased about the deal with The Score but I was not a ESPN fan either (though losing John will hurt).

I liked what they did to Busch with the grass and the seat updates in the upper deck. I am sure the new stadium will be great. I usually like older stadiums better but the donut ones were bad. There was a lot of history there (and Riverfront for baseball) and I am sure the fans there had a big emotional attachment to the place. Part of the new stadium will be built where Busch currently stands and they had part of the right field stands (in the concourse) roped off as they were already preparing for the implosion prior to the playoffs.

So long Busch and KMOX - you will be missed! :(:

Chips
10-19-2005, 11:55 PM
I would have liked to have gone there once. The Dude and I were supposed to go on September 10th of this year for a Cardinals-Reds game, but the gas prices were too high for him and he was throwing a party at NIU, etc, etc. I never went, oh well, I never went to a lot places that have been torn down.

antitwins13
10-19-2005, 11:58 PM
I would have liked to have gone there once. The Dude and I were supposed to go on September 10th of this year for a Cardinals-Reds game, but the gas prices were too high for him and he was throwing a party at NIU, etc, etc. I never went, oh well, I never went to a lot places that have been torn down.

I went there as a little kid to see the Cardinals play the Rockies in 93. The fans seemed pretty knowledgeable, but the actual stadium was kind of a bland 1970's cookie cutter, you're not missing much.

whitesoxwilkes
10-20-2005, 12:06 AM
I went to Busch for the first time this summer...and can't wait to go back and see the new park next year. St. Louis is a great baseball town...second only to us IMHO.

Deuce
10-20-2005, 01:01 AM
The Cards deserve a better stadium. Busch is... I mean, was a pit.

Deuce

DSpivack
10-20-2005, 01:01 AM
I went to Busch for the first time this summer...and can't wait to go back and see the new park next year. St. Louis is a great baseball town...second only to us IMHO.

My dad lived in Springfield for years and every summer he'd take me to a game. It wasn't great, but they made it pretty nice and the fans were great. Not to mention that usually meant going to the Hill before or after the game.

And this is my 1,500th post!

TheOldRoman
10-20-2005, 02:38 AM
Umm, I think the source you heard was wrong.
Acording to THIS (http://www.ksdk.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=86279) article, the demolition will begin around Thanksgiving. They will spend the next three weeks moving everything out, and complete demolition will take about 120 days.:o: I know nothing about construction, but a month an a half to build an entire outfield seating area? That seems to be cutting it a little close.

Baby Fisk
10-20-2005, 09:56 AM
The new Busch Stadium looks like it will be a winner.
linky #1 (http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/stl/ballpark/index.jsp)
linky #2 (http://stlouis.about.com/od/sportsrecreation/a/newbusch.htm)

The drawings show that they intend to bring back the "bullseye" pitcher's mound from ol' Sportsman's Park. I hope that makes it in the final construction.

The New Busch Stadium The Cardinal's new ballpark will distinguish itself from the present Busch Stadium in several ways:

Seating and scoreboard heights will be noticeably lower allowing more dramatic views of the Gateway Arch and the downtown skyline
Fans and motorists traveling along Clark Street will be able to enjoy unobstructed views into the ballpark, including the playing field itself!
The design of the New Ballpark takes into account the context of downtown St. Louis, the colorful history of the Cardinals, and the best attributes of the most successful ballparks built around baseball in the last decade. With classic arched openings recalling the nearby Cupples Station warehouses to the rich warm colors of the Wainright building, this Ballpark is inspired by the classics.
Improved concession stands with several gourmet food offerings
Wider concourses throughout the ballpark
Elevators and escalators between all levels
Improved sitelines for all seats in the ballpark

wdelaney72
10-20-2005, 10:34 AM
The Cards deserve a better stadium. Busch is... I mean, was a pit.

Deuce

I couldn't agree more. I'm so tired of the Busch stadium lovefest. It was a dump.

jdm2662
10-20-2005, 10:45 AM
I was there for all three Sox games in 2001. That place was HOT!!!!! I really don't want to know how that place was when it had Astroturf. It was a great atmosphere, and they know their baseball. The stadium was built for football, and they did a decent job of trying to make it look like a baseball stadium. It was nothing special in general. I'm sure their new place will be great.

ChiSoxRowand
10-20-2005, 05:03 PM
Is this the last of the "cookie cutters"? Or is Shea Stadium considered a "cookie cutter"?

TheOldRoman
10-20-2005, 05:08 PM
Is this the last of the "cookie cutters"? Or is Shea Stadium considered a "cookie cutter"?
Shea is a cookie-cutter park, except that it is open in the outfield. It is also much much bigger than any of the other cookie-cutter donut parks. They originally planned on extending the three decks and fully enclosing the outfield, which would have made capacity around 90,000.:o: Shea is hideous enough as it is, it would have been 100x worse if you could see 30,000 empty seats in the outfield for most games. Shea is an absolute monstrocity. The Mets deserve better.

maurice
10-20-2005, 05:10 PM
Good riddance. Busch was a dive. There's a reason they're building a new park, and I look forward to checking it out.

whitesoxfan
10-20-2005, 08:07 PM
I went to Busch Stadium in 03 once. I also thought the park was a dump. Like Wilkes said though, the town itself is an awesome baseball town. The new stadium looks pretty cool, hopefully I'll be able to go there next year.

buehrle4cy05
10-20-2005, 09:58 PM
And this is my 1,500th post!

I can't wait until my 1500th post...unless the mods haze you.:redneck

I just had a mental picture of Daver coming over to my house and shooting pies at me with his bow. Does that make me weird?:)

CLR01
10-20-2005, 10:59 PM
I can't wait until my 1500th post...unless the mods haze you.:redneck

I just had a mental picture of Daver coming over to my house and shooting pies at me with his bow. Does that make me weird?:)


Only if you enjoyed it.

Viva Medias B's
10-20-2005, 11:48 PM
The Cardinals have changed their plans for the implosion of Busch Stadium. Specifically, there will be no implosion. Instead, according to this article (http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/AE55AE2BE29CDDAF862570A0006343D1?OpenDocument) in the Post-Disptach, the wrecking ball will come along on November 7 and do its work over the course of 90 days.

soxfanreggie
10-21-2005, 04:23 PM
So long Busch...their new park does look real nice though...

Huisj
10-22-2005, 03:01 AM
The Cardinals have changed their plans for the implosion of Busch Stadium. Specifically, there will be no implosion. Instead, according to this article (http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/AE55AE2BE29CDDAF862570A0006343D1?OpenDocument) in the Post-Disptach, the wrecking ball will come along on November 7 and do its work over the course of 90 days.

It's crazy that they can wait that long to finish tearing it down considering that half the new stadium has to be built where Busch currently sits. 90 days is 3 months! Opening day is less than 6 months away. That doesn't seem to leave much time to build half of a stadium. :o:

MUsoxfan
10-22-2005, 03:20 AM
It's crazy that they can wait that long to finish tearing it down considering that half the new stadium has to be built where Busch currently sits. 90 days is 3 months! Opening day is less than 6 months away. That doesn't seem to leave much time to build half of a stadium. :o:

They'll tear down the half of Busch that will be covered by the new Busch immediately.....the rest can wait

DieTrying79
10-22-2005, 03:52 AM
My first baseball game ever was there during the Summer of 1987. For that reason alone, the place will always be special to me. New park looks like a good one.

Professor
10-22-2005, 11:20 AM
I drive past the stadium every day to work. The wrecking balls are in place. The new stadium looks beautiful so far, too!

JimEdmonds15
11-07-2005, 04:04 PM
Live coverage of Stadium demolition (http://www.kmov.com/news/asseenonnews4/stories/kmov_localnews_051107_streaming_video.396689ac.htm l)

http://www.kmov.com/news/asseenonnews4/stories/L_IMAGE.10732e55909.93.88.fa.7c.3970b128.jpg

St. Louis (KMOV) The St. Louis landmark, Busch Stadium, is being brought down to make way for the new stadium. Click on the link to watch live streaming video of New 4 coverage of the big event.

Streaming video begins at 2:57 p.m.

Watch live streaming video of News 4 coverage (http://beloint.wm.llnwd.net/beloint_kmov)

Live Busch Stadium cam (http://www.kmov.com/stadiumcam/)

KSDK (http://ksdk.com/video/live.aspx)

I'm watching the KMOV coverage though..

Gonna watch this.. Gonna cry during it.. Nah, lol.. Should be interesting though..

JimEdmonds15
11-07-2005, 04:13 PM
At this pace the stadium demolition will be done in 10 years LOL

lumpyspun
11-07-2005, 06:55 PM
I'm in St. Louis for work for a few days and watched this "demolition."
That was the worst thing on TV since the fake press conferences on ESPN. Seemed like alot of people on sports radio were upset b/c they sold raffle tickets to be the lucky person to press the "demolition" button. Turns out the wrecking ball was the size of my cell phone and it was the farthest thing from a demolition...

Viva Medias B's
11-07-2005, 07:46 PM
Looking at the picture, it looks like they already demolished the lower boxes leaving the loge section as the lowest seats remaining.

MUsoxfan
11-07-2005, 08:58 PM
Looking at the picture, it looks like they already demolished the lower boxes leaving the loge section as the lowest seats remaining.


I'm pretty sure those were retractable seats built years ago when it was a football stadium as well

C-Dawg
11-07-2005, 09:11 PM
So for awhile next season the fans will be treated to the macabre sight of a half-demolished Busch Stadium right alongside the new park. Sort of like what we saw back in 1991 huh.

I wonder why they don't just implode Busch? It seemed to work pretty well in Philly and Cincinnati.

Viva Medias B's
11-07-2005, 09:16 PM
I wonder why they don't just implode Busch? It seemed to work pretty well in Philly and Cincinnati.

With the Marriott and parking structures right across from Busch on three sides, the Cardinals decided the wrecking ball method was safer.

Viva Medias B's
11-07-2005, 09:18 PM
I'm pretty sure those were retractable seats built years ago when it was a football stadium as well

Actually, those were permanent seats that used to slide on rail tracks when they would go into the football configuration. Also, when the Cardinals did the 1996 renovation of Busch, they built concrete stands at the ends of the portable stands down the foul lines.

C-Dawg
11-07-2005, 09:51 PM
Looks like they've been working inside for awhile already. The Cardinals' official site has some neat pics:

http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/126/demolition5ws.jpg

JimEdmonds15
11-08-2005, 12:48 PM
http://www.kmov.com/slideshows/051108_stadium_slideshow_files/slide0036_image016.jpg

http://www.kmov.com/slideshows/051108_stadium_slideshow_files/slide0042_image028.jpg

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http://www.kmov.com/slideshows/051108_stadium_slideshow_files/slide0047_image036.jpg

http://www.kmov.com/slideshows/051108_stadium_slideshow_files/slide0049_image040.jpg

http://www.kmov.com/slideshows/051108_stadium_slideshow_files/slide0051_image042.jpg

http://www.kmov.com/slideshows/051108_stadium_slideshow_files/slide0054_image048.jpg

MUsoxfan
11-08-2005, 12:55 PM
It's always sad to see a stadium go down, no matter how crappy it is/was

Foulke You
11-10-2005, 06:59 PM
Call me crazy but there is something of a silent dignity to a slow demolition of a stadium rather than the "let's blow it to kingdom come!" method of implosion. I for one, am glad that Old Comiskey was not imploded. I think that image would have scarred me for life. It was tough enough seeing the place being half destroyed during the 1991 season.

Fenway
11-10-2005, 07:04 PM
sigh it is hallowed ground for us Red Sox fans........:(: