On May 12, 1966 Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals was opened for business. The former ballpark, Sportsman’s Park, had been the home of the Cardinals for 41 years before the new stadium was complete. Sportsman’s Park had been passed down from one team to another until the St. Louis Browns shared it Cardinals who had been playing at Robinson Field for the previous two decades. The Browns moved to Baltimore in 1953, and in the same year the Cardinals changed the name to Busch Stadium after the beer giant purchased the stadium.
Anheuser-Busch spent $5 million into the $20 million that was needed for the new Busch Stadium. There were two years that separated the 1964 ground breaking and opening day in ’66. There was real grass seeded on the field until 1970 when it was replaced by Astro Turf to accommodate the need for a transition between baseball and football annually. As years passed additions were added which included seats and a family area. But, in the end it was not enough for the old building to keep up with the ever changing expectations of baseball fans.
In 2000 the Cardinals franchise decided to build the new Busch Stadium across the street from where they were playing, and the last game was played in the old stadium in October 2005.
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