ST. LOUIS -- Games 1 and 2 and -- baseball gods willing -- 6 and 7 will take place in St. Louis' Busch Stadium. Nestled at the corner of Clark and 8th, Busch is another in a long line of retro parks built with the red-brick, baseball-centric sensibilities of an earlier era but also long on modern comforts. And also long on the modern assault on the senses -- Silence, you see, is to be avoided and parried like a social disease.
Anyhow, let's take a quick walking tour of the home of NLCS-combatant Cardinals ...
The vital signs
Seating capacity: 43,975
Cost: $365 million
Design style: Retro-classic
All-Star Games hosted: One (2009)
Cost of beer per ounce in 2013: $0.56
Excerpt from two-star Yelp review: "I have NEVER been so hot at a baseball game in my LIFE."
Excerpt from five-star Yelp review: "A ballpark built downtown, just for baseball. Of course it's going to get 5 stars."
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The photo album
Photos by Eye On Baseball (read: my phone) ...
The brick facade ...
The view from near home plate ...
The diving Ozzie Smith statue just outside ...
The Busch Stadium wall inlay just along the first base line ...
The famous Stan Musial statue with this world-championship inscription: "Here stands baseball's perfect warrior ... Here stands baseball's perfect knight."
And finally, a hauntingly timeless stretch limo parked across the street.
Busch is an established pitcher's park, and it's particularly tough on left-handed power hitters.
Now play ball.