April 7, 2014
Today marks the annual return of baseball to St. Louis as the Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds at 3:15 p.m.
Opening Day 2014 will feature a formal dedication of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village in the morning and a pre-game on-field ceremony that welcomes home the reigning National League Champions.
Following is a schedule of official activities and information to help baseball’s best fans enjoy what has become an unofficial holiday in St. Louis.
How fans can enjoy the day and support the team
Fans are encouraged to join the social media conversation using #OpeningDaySTL.
Opening Day Ceremony
Opening Day marks the first time Cardinals fans have the opportunity to welcome home the reigning National League Champions. The Opening Day on-field ceremony will culminate in the team raising the 2013 National Championship flag – the team’s 19th National League Championship. The team will also pay tribute to the entire inaugural induction class of the new Cardinals Hall of Fame as part of the pre-game on-field ceremony. Earlier in the day (10 a.m.), the new Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones and the St. Louis Cardinals Museum will be formally dedicated in a special ceremony at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.
Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum Dedication Ceremony: The Cardinals will host an invitation-only ceremony to formally dedicate the new Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones and the team’s new Cardinals Museum within Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village. While the ceremony is not open to the general public due to a lack of space, the team will live-stream the ceremony on cardinals.com and broadcast the ceremony on the outdoor Busch II scoreboard screen and on the 40 ft. television in FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s: The Cardinals and Hardee’s will host a pre-game pep rally across from the Cardinals Team Store, in the Ballpark Village parking lot. Local rock band Trixie Delight will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Budweiser Magnet Schedule Day: All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and over, will receive a magnet with the 2014 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser Beer.
Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.
Introduction of St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, and Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder
Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird
Cardinals Hall-of-Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade, led around the warning track by a 1964 Ford Mustang. Each Cardinals Hall of Famer will be riding in a 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible
Introduction of Mike Shannon, Danny Cox and Jim Edmonds with past National League Championship trophies.
Introduction of the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2014 Ford F-150 Raptors.
Introduction of the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals lineups
2013 National League Champions banner raised in the outfield.
Color Guard provided by Ft. Leonard Wood and American Flag in Center Field, courtesy of a joint services group at Scott Air Force Base
American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis
The National Anthem will be performed by Curtis Finch, Jr. – a Top 10 Finalist on American Idol Season 12, and St. Louis native.
Ceremonial First Pitch by former Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.
Radio CoverageWatching on TV
Fans can watch the game and pre-game ceremony in High Definition on FOX Sports Midwest.
Fans can tune into KMOX (11:20 AM) or one of the 125 stations in the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney call the game. The expanded pre-game show starts at 1:40 p.m.
Online or On the Go
Fans may also follow the game for free on cardinals.com using the Gameday application, or via the team’s Twitter account, @Cardinals. From mobile devices, fans can keep tabs on the score using MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 14.
As the Cardinals begin their ninth season of play in Busch Stadium, the team has made a number of improvements to the stadium during the off-season, including sowing the seeds of another successful season with the installation of new sod. During the fall, the Cardinals installed over 100,000 square feet of new sod. The sod, which was grown in Fort Morgan, Colorado, is a four way blend of Kentucky Bluegrass set in a 10 inch root zone that is 85% sand, 10% peat and 5% Zeopro mixture.
The team, with the help of Clayco, redesigned and reconstructed 46 of the team’s 63 luxury suites. New features include new cabinets, counter tops, flooring, furniture and artwork. Each of the reconstructed suites includes upgraded appliances with in-counter food warming units. A central table concept was introduced to create a gathering space near the TV, which gives improved access to the kitchen area. Bright red tile and upholstery give energy to the new suites, while the neutral palette, wood accents and floors recreate a comfortable, club-like feel. Behind section 172, near the visiting team’s bullpen, the Cardinals have added a manual strikeout-counter board which will allow fans sitting in those seats to place a giant “K” on the board with every Cardinals strikeout.
Additional upgrades include:
- New flooring throughout select areas of the ballpark
- Landscape fencing to protect plants and coordinate with Ballpark Village
- 2013 National League Champion signage added to outfield wall, dugouts and exterior south wall
- Busch Stadium signs on the corners received a fresh coat of paint and were converted to LED lighting
- The Budweiser script, clock and birds on the bat above the scoreboard were replaced with a brighter and more efficient LED powered lighting. Matching signage was added to the back of the scoreboard facing the street, replacing a Bud Light sign that was previously there.
- 600 field lights were re-lamped to 2,000 watt elements. Lights routinely need to be replaced after operating 7-8 years in order to maintain MLB required lighting levels.
- The center field “Bud Light Bar and Chill” was converted into the “Budweiser 1876 Bar,” and the “Captain’s Corner” in the left field pavilion area is now the “Rita Cabana” featuring Bud Light’s Lime-a-Rita and Straw-ber-Rita products.
- In addition to Ballpark Village being open, several changes were made to the area around Gate 4 to ensure a great view from the Village.
- Pedestrian sidewalk changes at Gate 2 to provide safer access for fans coming from the south. They will no longer need to walk through the parking lot.
Read more at: http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/
Monday April 7, 2014 – Opening Day in St. Louis.