Homestand Highlights (Wednesday, June 29-Thursday, July 7, 2016)

Fireworks Night, Pillbox Cap Giveaway & John Goodman Night Highlight The Sixth Homestand of the Season

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 29, 2016 – After completing another winning road trip (5-3), which included a sweep of the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for a nine game homestand.  The homestand starts with a two game series versus the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals (June 29-30), continues with three games against the Milwaukee Brewers (July 1-3) and concludes with four games versus the Pittsburgh Pirates (July 4-7).  The last homestand before the All-Star Break is highlighted by Independence Day, a 1926 World Series Championship Ring giveaway and John Goodman Night.  Additionally, fans are encouraged to #VoteMolina for the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego at cardinals.com/vote through the end of the voting period on Thursday, June 30.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Gone Fishing with Bass Pro Shops:  Bass Pro Shops is encouraging fans to put down their digital devices and discover the outdoors.  Fans and kids can experience the excitement of catching a live fish at the Bass Pro Shops catch-and-release pond located at Riverview Corner inside Busch Stadium starting at 5:45 p.m.  Kids will have the chance to fish with former Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Honorary First Pitch: St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. will throw out ceremonial first pitches before tonight’s game.  White, a former major league second baseman, played his entire 18-year career with the Kansas City Royals (1973-90) and was a five-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner.                                                                                                      
  • Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  The 2016 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza.  Tonight’s battle featuresDirt Road Addiction, Cardboard Room and Jeske Park.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:30 p.m. with each act given 20 minutes to perform.  Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point.  The top four scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 28th in the Battle at Busch finals for the grand prize package.  Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.
  • Piscotty’s Pals: Stephen Piscotty and his Piscotty’s Pals program will host a group from Burns Recovered for tonight’s game.  The group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Stephen in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions prior to the start of the game.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

  • Commemorative Michael Wacha Baseball Card Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans will receive an oversized, commemorative Michael Wacha baseball card and a sample pack of baseball cards, courtesy of Topps.
  • All-Star Voting Ends: Voting in the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Balloting Program ends tonight at 10:59 p.m. CT.  The ballot is available exclusively online.  Visit cardinals.com/vote to cast your vote.  #VoteMolina
  • Wainwright’s Winners: Adam Wainwright and his Wainwright’s Winners program will host a group from Walker Scottish Rite for tonight’s game.  The group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Adam in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions prior to the start of the game.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Friday, July 1, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Replica 1926 World Series Championship Ring Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will take home their very own wearable replica of the 1926 World Series Championship ring modeled after the rings that the player and coaches received 90 years ago.  Presented by Edward Jones.
  • Fireworks Nights: Stay in your seat after tonight’s game to watch a dazzling fireworks display with the Gateway Arch as the backdrop.  Presented by Cooper Tires.
  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum.  Today’s featured items relate to the 1926 World Series and include a red “World Champions” jacket from 1927.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children.  For more info, past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids).
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables are located at Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.
  • Race To The Plate: At every Friday home game, fans will enjoy the Missouri Farmers Care: Race To The Plate—a mascot race featuring Captain Cornelius, Bessie the Cow, Simon the Soybean and Baconeer the Pig.  Join the conversation on how today’s food is grown and raised at MissouriFarmersCare.com (#GoFarmTeam).

Saturday, July 2, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Adult Replica Matt Carpenter Batting Practice Jersey Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a replica Matt Carpenter Batting Practice Jersey, courtesy of Ford.
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  In addition to having a valid admission to the museum, fans must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and will be distributed on the day of each Saturday signing.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children.  For more info, past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids).
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Cardinals Cooler Backpack Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will go home with a Cardinals cooler backpack.  Presented by Coca-Cola.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last).
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children.  For more info, past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050(#Raffle4Kids).
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Monday, July 4, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Cardinals Pillbox Baseball Cap Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a one-of-a-kind Pillbox Cap, just like the one the Cardinals wore in 1976 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National League.  Presented by Brown & Crouppen Law Firm.
  • Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting).  Presented by Prairie Farms.
  • Stars & Stripes Uniforms: For the ninth consecutive summer, MLB teams will sport red, white and blue stars and stripes-decorated caps to celebrate Independence Day. For the second year in a row, the Cardinals will also wear a matching jersey on the Fourth of July.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

ESPN Monday Night Baseball National Broadcast

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Tony LaRussa Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition Tony LaRussa mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2006 World Series Champion Cardinals.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Tony.  VIP tickets are currently sold out.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase general tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#BudBash).
  • Cancer Awareness Night: The Cardinals are teaming up with Siteman Cancer Center for Cancer Awareness Night at Busch Stadium.  Fans who purchase this special theme ticket will receive a Cardinals Cancer Awareness hat with the color of the “STL” logo corresponding to the awareness colors of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area.  A portion of each ticket sold will also be donated back to cancer research in St. Louis.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • All-Star Roster Selection:  The AL and NL All-Star teams for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard will be unveiledtonight at 6:00 p.m. CT on ESPN prior to tonight’s game.  Immediately following the announcement, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.
  • Trevor’s Troops: Trevor Rosenthal and his Trevor’s Troops program will host a group from Family Hospice of Belleville for tonight’sgame.  The group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Trevor in the dugout to take pictures, receive autographs and ask questions prior to the start of the game.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables are located at Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • John Goodman Night: Hollywood star and St. Louis native John Goodman will be at Busch Stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.  Fans who purchase the special theme ticket will receive an exclusive bobblehead commemorating Goodman’s portrayal of his cult favorite character Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski.  Walter may just make an appearance at the ballpark as well!  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martinez and his Tsunami Waves foundation will host a local Hispanic group for tonight’s game.  The group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Carlos in the dugout to take pictures, receive autographs and ask questions prior to the start of the game.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Thursday, July 7, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Kids Day Out Theme Ticket: All kids are invited to come to the ballpark for Kids Day Out presented by Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer.  All kids who have a special theme ticket will have access to a “Kids Zone” in Riverview Corner starting at 11:15 a.m. that includes carnival games, face painting and the Bubble Bus, among other fun activities.  Perfect for summer camps, daycares and any kids looking to have fun and catch a Cardinals game, the theme tickets also include a free hotdog, soda and chips!  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • Majestic All-Star Game Send Off Ceremony: In a special pregame ceremony prior to the start of today’s game, the Cardinals will salute and honor those players selected to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in San Diego by presenting them with their personalized Majestic All-Star jerseys.
  • Charity Haircuts in the Plaza: During the game, fans can root on the Cardinals and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza for Great Clips’ Charity Haircuts.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips – who sponsors the event every weekday afternoon game during the season – will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

MORE HOMESTAND INFORMATION

#STLisLou Social Media Campaign Launched to Honor Lou Brock

On April 19, the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Civic leaders launched #STLisLou to honor Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, celebrate the St. Louis Community and raise money for children with diabetes.  The Cardinals are encouraging fans to show their affection for Lou Brock all season long by sharing video messages, photographs and other messages via social media using the hashtag #STLisLou.  The team is challenging fans to answer what does Lou Brock mean to you and what does he mean to St. Louis and the Cardinals?

Additionally, the team has partnered with Explore St. Louis and Downtown STL to develop Tuesday’s Are Lou’s Day – Find Lou in the Lou!”, a weekly social media based scavenger hunt around town that will reward lucky fans with tickets, exclusive #STLisLou Lou Brock autographed baseballs and other prizes.  Fans can learn more about the campaign and see what others fans are posting to social media at www.cardinals.com/lou.

#PlayBallLikeACardinal Fan Video Initiative

The Cardinals recently launched #PlayBallLikeACardinal, a youth-focused video engagement seeking out young people who have a passion for the Redbirds and are incorporating that passion into how they play the game.

Fans are asked to post short video clips of their children imitating their favorite Cardinals players to their preferred social media platform (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) using the hashtag, #PlayBallLikeACardinal, or share a link to a video they have posted to a public video platform like YouTube directly with the Cardinals at cardinals.com/playball.  The Cardinals intend to share videos of children playing ball like Cardinals on the team’s television broadcasts such as Cardinals Insider, within Busch Stadium on the new high definition scoreboard or online via cardinals.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

Saturday Signings at the Museum, a new program held exclusively at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum before each Saturday home game during the 2016 season where fans can meet and get an autograph from a former Cardinals player with valid admission to the museum.  In addition to having valid admission, fans must obtain a free autograph line ticket which will be distributed starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Busch Stadium II Infield entrance to Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village on the day of each Saturday signing.  Players will sign for two hours prior to game time and fans will need to bring their own items to be autographed unless otherwise noted.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/museum for more details and scheduling.

The Cardinals are proud to continue to offer the Hall of Fame & Museum Membership Program for fans in 2016.  Individual ($50) or Family Membership ($85) options are available and membership benefits include unlimited museum admission for one year, guest passes, limited edition bobbleheads of Ken Boyer and Willie McGee, discounts to the Cardinals Authentics Shop & Cardinals Nation Restaurant, and access to select presales and member-only events.  Visit cardinals.com/membership for more information.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation features the largest team-held collection in baseball.  The collection is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 20,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs.  Be sure to check out this year’s special gallery, Farming the Business of Cardinals Baseball, which explores the history of baseball’s first successful farm system and how it literally changed the sport.  The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and remains open through the 7th inning on home game nights. Adult admission is $12, and tickets can be purchased at cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).

Rising Star Carlos Martinez Covers The New Edition of Cardinals Magazine

The new edition of Cardinals Magazine continues providing top-notch coverage for fans with a compelling cover story on starter Carlos Martinez.  From his engaging social media interaction with fans to his various charitable endeavors, Martinez is demonstrating that he’s committed to becoming more than just an elite pitcher.

Page after page, fans will enjoy this jam-packed edition—just in time for the start of summer!  Read our exploration of the Cardinals prolific pinch hitting success in 2016 and continuation of our 10th anniversary celebration of the 2006 World Series Champions.  We also take a closer look at the team’s 2016 draft class, highlighted by a first-person account of draft night by first-round selection Dylan Carlson.  And fans won’t want to miss the latest journal installment by one of baseball’s hottest hitters, Matt Carpenter, who talks about the birth of his baby daughter Kinley.

Now in its 25th season, Cardinals Magazine continues to provide its global readership with comprehensive, colorful coverage of all-things Cardinals.  Fans can purchase the 100-plus page third issue for just $5 at Busch Stadium vendors inside each stadium gate, team store locations and Cardinals Authentics stores in Ford Plaza and Ballpark Village.  Throughout St. Louis, the magazine is available for purchase at major retailers like Cardinals Clubhouse, Dierbergs, Schnucks, QuikTrip and Walgreens.  Print and digital subscriptions are also available at cardinals.com/publications or 314-345-9000.  New this season, you can follow Cardinals Magazine on Twitter @CardsMagazine for one-of-a-kind coverage and watch weekly video segments (“Inside Access With Cardinals Magazine”) on the Cardinals Insider TV show or at cardinals.com/insider.

2016 Official Scorecard Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Busch Stadium III

One of the longest-standing collectible souvenirs in baseball, the scorecard represents much more than a means to keep track of the hits, runs and outs that occur over the course of a game.  It’s a tangible keepsake commemorating a game that might be memorable for any number reasons—a fan’s first game, a couple’s first date or a record-setting performance.

It’s no wonder that the first order of business at Busch Stadium for baseball’s best fans is a stop at a Cardinals Publications vendors cart inside each gate entrance to purchase the Official 2016 Cardinals Scorecard—sold individually or included with each copy of Cardinals Magazine.

This must-have keepsake features the striking artistic designs of local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003.  Inside, the scorecard also teaches fans how to score the “Cardinal Way”—a storied tradition by club officials that dates back to the 1940s.   Be sure to purchase your 2016 Scorecard at the ballpark this season!  Copies are also available online at cardinals.com/scorecard.

Cardinals Authentics

The Cardinals Authentics Shop – the official source of game-used and autographed collectibles and memorabilia directly from the club – will have game-used bases and baseballs available for purchase before the end of each game.  All season long, fans will be able to take a piece of the game directly from the field to their home, all in one visit.  For more information on Cardinals Authentics, and their two locations (inside Ford Plaza and at Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village), visit cardinals.com/authentics or follow them on Twitter (@CardsAuthentics) (#CardsAuthentics).

Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar

New this year, Cardinals Nation will host the Official Pre-Game Party of the St. Louis Cardinals.  This ticketed pep-rally style party will be located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in the Hall of Fame Club, two and a half hours prior to every Cardinals home game during the 2016 season.  This exclusive Cardinals Nation pre-game event includes a full buffet menu, all-inclusive bar and a DJ or live music all the way until first pitch.  Only 250 tickets will be allotted for each game, which fans can purchase a tcardinals.com/pregame for digital delivery.  Tickets can also be purchased at any box office or at the Cardinals Museum in Cardinals Nation.

Open daily, Cardinals Nation is the year-round home to Cardinals fans offering a variety of weekly programming and special events.  Offering an expansive menu that recently added 17 new menu items, Cardinals Nation has something for everyone.  This season, fans won’t want to miss the following highlights:

  • G&W Grill on Clark Street featuring St. Louis’ own G&W Bratwursts and Hot Dogs on game days
  • Dinger’s Donuts and Gus’ Pretzels game day carts on Clark Street
  • Homerun Brunch every non-game Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Keep the Cup promotion on game days with 3 limited edition cups this season
  • DJ after every game on the 1st floor of Cardinals Nation
  • And much more! Visit cardinalsnation.com for details.

Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village is the place to be before, during and after the game!  Since opening in March of 2014, Ballpark Village has hosted more than 10 million visitors of all ages from across the country and brought hundreds of great events to downtown St. Louis.  As Ballpark Village enters its third year, several additions and improvements are underway.  The brand new Prairie Farms Dugout will serve up Prairie Farms hand-dipped ice cream, North Star frozen novelties and cold beverages on the turf of the Busch II Infield.  Inside fans can catch the pre-game pep rallies in FOX Sports Midwest Live! featuring emcee Todd Thomas and live post-game music by the region’s greatest bands.  When the Cardinals are away, Ballpark Village has fans covered with the return of the Official Away Game Watch Parties featuring premium giveaways.

On Friday and Saturday, July 8 & 9, Ballpark Village will host St. Louis’ premier Barbecue and Whiskey event, Pig & Swig.  Pig & Swig will feature a barbecue competition sanctioned by the St. Louis Barbecue Society, where over 50 competitors will compete for a total of $10,000 in prize money to be distributed between the leaders in each category and the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion.  There will be a BBQ Village with area vendors Sugarfire, Salt + Smoke, Highway 61 Roadhouse, Doc’s Smokehouse, Iron Barley, Bootleggin’ BBQ, PM Barbecue, St. Louis Rib House and more.  Whiskey Village will highlight over 30 of the finest whiskeys for guests to sample.  There will also be live music by Rough Ryders and a family-friendly Pig Pen area on the Busch II Infield.  Visit ticketfly.com to purchase tickets or go to stlballparkvillage.com for more information.

Don’t miss the Official St. Louis Cardinals Away Game Watch Party with a Tube Cooler Bag giveaway on Saturday, July 9.

2016 Official Team Media Guide

The St. Louis Cardinals official team Media Guide has long been relied upon by journalists and broadcasters who cover the team.  Containing stats, photos and biographies of every player in the entire Cardinals organization, along with the definitive history of the club since its inception, the 2016 Media Guide is the best and most comprehensive book about the Cardinals.

The Cardinals annual media guide is a great collectable, with the cover each season highlighting a moment in Cardinals history.  New this season, for every Media Guide purchased at the team store, Cards Authentics store or stands around the ballpark, fans will receive an exclusive poster featuring all 11 media guide covers at the new ballpark, along with the 2016 schedule.  The 2016 Media Guide is available for $20 at the Team Store, Cardinals Authentics or cardinals.com/mediaguide.

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care (#CardsCare) was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community—both on and off the baseball field.  Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed over $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.

This year marks the 13th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play.  In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

Fans can support Cardinals Care by donating directly at cardinals.com/community or in a variety of ways:

  • #STLisLou Buttons: The team is selling commemorative #STLisLou buttons to raise money for a special Cardinals Care fund established in Lou’s name to help children with diabetes.  All proceeds from the sale of the #STLisLou button will go toward the special fund.  Fans can purchase the button for $5 at Busch Stadium in the Cardinals Team Store or in the Cardinals Authentics store, as well as at the Cardinals Authentics Store at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.  Fans can also purchase the buttons for $5, plus shipping & handling fees, or make a donation to the fund directly at www.cardinals.com/lou.
  • Cardinals Care 6K & One Mile Fun Run: Registration is now open for the seventh annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run set for Sunday, September 18th.  Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6k (#CardsCare6K).

Cardinals Work #4AGreenerGame

The Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for their services, volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game.  To volunteer or learn more, visit cardinals.com/green (#4AGreenerGame).

Follow the Cardinals on Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Instagram (Cardinals), Snapchat (cardinals), Pinterest (pinterest.com/cardinalsmlb), Tumblr (stlcardinals) and Google + (St. Louis Cardinals).  Fans will get an inside look at the team, exclusive promotions and giveaways, breaking club news, behind-the-scenes photos, videos and much more.  For more info, and a list of verified player twitter accounts, visit cardinals.com/connect.  Join the conversation using #STLCards.

Facebook Fridays with Fredbird

Every Friday, Fredbird and Team Fredbird will appear somewhere within Cardinal Nation to give away a select number of free tickets or items to lucky fans on a first come, first serve basis.  Be sure to join the fun.  To find out where Fredbird will be each week follow us on Facebook atfacebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals, or visit cardinals.com/facebookfridays for more details (#Fredbird).

Fan-Friendly Values

  • Dynamic Deals of the Week: The Cardinals’ value-based dynamic pricing system allows them to offer outstanding ticket savings to fans throughout the season.  Special values will be highlighted each Monday as part of the “Dynamic Deals of the Week” promotion.  Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails at cardinals.com.
  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: At 9:00 a.m. on the day of each game, the first 275 fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets to that day’s game for just $11.20.  The voucher may be redeemed 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.  The tickets may be anywhere in the park, depending on availability.  Visit cardinals.com/firstpitch for full details.
  • Coca-Cola Sundays: Enjoy Sunday games in select Pavilion and Terrace level seats at a special low price.  Each ticket purchased also includes a free Coca-Cola and Hunter hot dog. Tickets start at just $10 each!  Visit http://www.cardinals.com/cocacola to purchase tickets or for more details.
  • Phillips 66 Discount Ticket Offer: Fill up with 8 gallons or more at participating Phillips 66 and receive a voucher for up to 50% off a pair of tickets to a Cardinals game.  Visit cardinals.com/phillips66 for details.
  • Cardinals/Six Flags Double Play Combo: Each Double Play Combo includes a ticket to a 2016 Cardinals game and one single-day admission to Six Flags for just $55.  Visit cardinals.com/sixflags to purchase Double Play Combos or for more information.

For more information on Cardinals promotions and theme nights visit cardinals.com/promotions and cardinals.com/theme.

Metal Detectors

Cardinals fans will note the continued use of walk-through metal detectors at all Busch Stadium gates and entrances, as part of MLB’s implementation of mandatory metal detection screening of all guests at all MLB ballparks in 2016.  Please see below for some helpful tips to ensure a smooth entry process for fans at Busch Stadium this season:

  • Be prepared for gate inspections – Stadium walk-through metal detectors are not as sensitive as TSA detectors at airports.  Fans do not need to remove belt and shoes, but will need to remove large metal objects from pockets such as cell phones, keys, and glasses.  Please inform gate staff of pacemakers or artificial joints that may set off the detectors. Fans can visit this link for a refresher on which items are allowed into the ballpark.
  • Best gates to use – Fans who park on North or East sides of Busch Stadium are encouraged to enter at Gates 1 or 6, as these gates typically have shorter entry lines.

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