Busch Stadium is no Wrigley Field. It is a decent enough park, but it just doesn't have allure of mystique that Wrigley has. Last week I got the chance to sit in the second row of section seven to see the Cubs take on the Cardinals at Busch. The section of seats is called the "Cardinals Club" and it is an amazing experience. It was a truly exceptional way to watch a ballgame, one that would be hard to match anywhere. The tickets entitle you to get into the stadium a half an hour before general admission, a buffet, open bar, and in seat service from a robust menu of ballpark food. All of that and an amazing view of the game.
Here's a shot of the dining area.
Some of the food from the buffet.
The in seat menu.
Just before first pitch.
Jake Arrieta on the mound.
Arrieta before taking his first at bat.
Ben Zobrist giving a postgame interview.
The Cardinal Club tickets usually run around $300 on StubHub for Cubs games in St. Louis. For that price, it's well worth it. Note that these seats are only available to purchase as season ticket packages to people who own the rights to the tickets as members of the Ballpark Founders. The rights to the seat I sat in is currently for sale on this page. Looks like it'll only cost $70000 plus whatever the season set costs. I think I'll pass for now.
As for the game, the Cubs won 9 to 8. Kris Bryant hit a 3-run homer and Arrieta picked up the win. Arrieta didn't do as good as he usually does, 5 innings with 4 runs, but it was clear that his stuff is amazing. He was throwing 96 MPH with a ton of movement. It was an enjoyable game with the Cardinals putting up a ton of fight in the losing effort.
In the future, I'd jump at any opportunity to get these type of tickets again, so long as the price was reasonable. The food was good, the service was great, and the view was unbeatable. I didn't want the game to end. To anyone considering this ticket option, I recommend doing it at least once. It's an exceptional baseball viewing experience that is now my favorite part of Busch Stadium.
Published on 5/31/2016 8:57:34 PM