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Your complete Cardinals guide for 2018 season

Baseball season is here! Are you ready?

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Baseball season is nearly here.

The Cardinals will open their 2018 season at home against the Arizona Diamondback.

If you plan on attending a game this year, we’ve put together a list of things you need to know.

Getting there:
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There is a good chance it will take you a while to find a decent spot to park.

The reality: if you value a quick exit and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, you will want to park farther away and to the south. No matter where you park, plan on getting to St. Louis about 2 to 3 hours before the game.

Your best bet is to find an off-site parking lot or garage.

Good news: construction shouldn’t be a problem, except a few projects including:

  • I-64 Eastbound/Westbound: bridge maintenance
  • I-55 Northbound/Southbound: pavement repair
  • Ballpark Village Phase II: 29-story luxury high-rise residential tower and more, impacting sidewalks and parking in Ballpark Village

If you really don’t want to deal with the crowds and traffic, MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving. There are 21 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line. If you choose this option, make sure you ride the train to Stadium Station.

Southeast Missouri residents should consider parking at the following MetroLink Stations:

  • Reavis Barracks
    10209 Spokane Dr., Saint Louis, MO 63123
  • Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 MetroLink Station
    7201 Lansdowne Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63119

MetroLink will have additional security and personnel located throughout the light rail system to assist passengers on Sunday.

Pre-game festivities:

  • The biggest party on game days will  be in and around Ballpark Village. Cardinals Nation will host the official pre-game party before every game. The ticketd pep-rally style party is located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation. The exclusive event includes a full buffet, all-inclusive bar, and music all the way until first pitch. Only 200 tickets will be sold each game for the party. CLICK HERE to purchase yours.

  • If you’re looking for a more family friendly way to celebrate game day, you might want to check out the the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum. Here you can learn all about the team’s history. In fact, the Cardinals Museum boasts one of the largest team-specific collections of artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids, and children under 3 get in free. You can get a discount if you are a senior or in the military. If you eat at the Cardinal Nation restaurant on Opening Day, you can also save a buck or two if you save your receipt. The museum opens at 10 a.m. and will stay open until the seventh inning. It’s located at 700 Clark Ave., St. Louis.

  • If you are looking to grab a bite to eat before a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium, but you don’t want to pay ballpark prices or wait at a restaurant, there’s something new for you this year. You will find the Cardinals Nation Food Truck parked at 8th and Clark on game days. On the menu, you’ll find entree options you can’t get anywhere else, like the Bacon Ribs and the Twisted Cheddar Brat.

The game:

  • Make sure you get in line early for game day. Busch Stadium gates will open at 3 p.m., meaning you have 2 1/2 hours to get to your seat before Opening Day Ceremonies begin.
  • The Clydesdales will take the field on Opening Day at 5:30 p.m.
  • First pitch is at 6:15 p.m.
  • Leave your backpack at home. They are now prohibited at Busch Stadium.
  • Bring your own food, and sealed water bottles. New this year, you can bring in empty cups, empty mugs, empty plastic bottles and even ice packs.
  • If you get through the gate early enough, you can be one of the fans lucky enough to take home one of the many Cardinals giveaways. This year, there is a promotion for almost every home game. From bobble heads to jerseys to even a garden gnome, there’s something for everyone. CLICK HERE for a complete list.