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James Sutton, St. Louis, MO -- Sep 25, 2006 14:08 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 8
Growing up in St. Louis, as well as still living here, Busch Stadium II was like a second home and was my church. Growing up going there every summer was a highlight. I remember the sights, the sounds and the smells of this place. The wonderful smell of hotdogs and peanut shells still stay in my nose. My favorite memories were going to the game with my grandfather. Sure, he embarrased me before the game by singing along to the songs played by Ernie Hayes on the organ before the game started, but those are memeories that I wouldn't trade for the world, especially since his passing. The stadium itself was nothing spectacular to look at except for the wonderfully designed arched roofline. It was sad to see the stadium not long after the last game. All of the seats, decorations, signs, etc. were removed and all that was left was a lifeless, empty concrete shell. Watching it torn down slowly with a wrecking ball was like watching a loved one whither away in a hospital bed to their death. This process did allow those to give it its proper goodbye, but it was sad to see it in that dying state. Now that Busch Stadium II is gone, I am sad, but it is all of the memories that will never die.

Joseph Johnston, covington, LA -- Aug 20, 2008 22:02 PM
2 visit(s). My rating: 7
Busch Stadium in St. Louis was a cookie-cutter flying saucer of a stadium, with the rotating lower decks and all, but if one such stadium could have survived into the cookie-cutter retro-parks, this could have been the one. I was impressed by what great baseball fans St. Louis had. We sat in the LF upper deck, so we didnít get to see the Cards LF Rex Hudler make a great catch. This was in 1990. I think they were playing the Mets. Our kids really enjoyed it. We got to tour the park that morning. If I remember correctly, they let us walk on the artificial turf, which was spongier than most. Busch had a well-appointed museum, with scale models of Sportsmanís Park and the then-current Busch itself. Sportsmanís reminded me of my HS English teacherís scale model of the Globe Theatre. They also had a store there, with retro Cardinals AND Browns jerseys. If it werenít so pricey, I would have bought the Browns jersey with the Dodger-like cursive script, but in brown.

Wyatt Dozier, Ivesdale, IL -- Dec 31, 2009 17:28 PM
6 visit(s). My rating: 8
Old Busch brings back so many memories for me. It was by far the best of the circular "turf-era" parks with the bright red seats and the arches on the upper deck covering and long homers by Albert Pujols that reached BIG MAC LAND. I was sad to see it go but the new ballpark is nice as well. During its last year I was lucky to be able to go on to the field after the game. I scooped up a pile of dirt from the warning track and a still have it to this day.

David Steinle, Russell, KS -- Jul 05, 2010 22:30 PM
1 visit(s). My rating: 1
A dump of a stadium in a dump of a city. Period. Maybe the worst stadium in all of pro sports from 1970 through 1995 when it had AstroTurf.

Zach LaFleur, Fowlerville, MI -- Sep 10, 2014 21:58 PM
1 visit(s). My rating: 7
I have seen this one on TV many times, and it was one of the best of the concrete doughnuts in the majors, but after your update, the 1997 upper deck diagram still shows up as a ? mark! Oops, you just forgot to see what is wrong?

Zach LaFleur, Fowlerville, MI -- Oct 25, 2014 17:38 PM
1 visit(s). My rating: 7
Now, that's more like it, Andrew! Keep up the awesome ballpark diagrams!

Shane Schirmer, Medina, OH -- Oct 09, 2019 16:53 PM
1 visit(s). My rating: 5
I went, I saw, I survived. The day I went it was unbelievably hot and humid. The Cards turned a record seven, yes seven, double plays, yet the largest ovation of the night was when the breeze picked up. Crazy hot. Other than that, the place was a cookie cutter.

Zach LaFleur, Fowlerville, MI -- Jan 03, 2020 17:59 PM
1 visit(s). My rating: 5
Just one question this time: why is there a bright green line from behind home plate to just past first base in the 1966 diagram?

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