In 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals moved out of Busch Stadium (II) and into their high-tech, new ballpark, the breathtaking Busch Stadium (III). Constructed in the heart of downtown St. Louis, the stadium features the city's unique Gateway Arch design at the entrance. The ballpark seats nearly 44,000 fans, not including about 4700 standing room tickets. The New Busch Stadium cost $346 million in addition to the amazing Ballpark Village surrounding the stadium which brought total costs up to $646 million.
In 2008, a section of suites were remodeled and turned into the "Champions Club," which seats up to 382 patrons in an area used formerly as corporate suites only. Within the Club, an area known as the SkyBOX allows fans to watch instant replays and statistics by means of a wireless device such as an iPod touch or iPhone.
Busch Stadium has been the home of the St. Louis Cardinals since 1966, and has gone through renovations in recent years in order to keep it more modern. In 1997, a project was created to install a hand-operated scoreboard flanked by flag decks commemorating the club's World Series championships and retired numbers. The previous year, the field at Busch Stadium returned to a natural-grass playing surface, which replaced the artificial turf that had been in place since 1970; Also occurring that year was the opening of the Family Pavilion, featuring a variety of games and attractions for families and children, and Homer's Landing, a picnic area located above the bullpen in left-center field and the return of a more traditional "ballpark green" color scheme for the outfield fence and stadium trim.
Previously, in 1993, the ballpark also installed a new speaker system and a new video display screen in the outfield. The top of the stadium to the field is approximately 130 feet high, and the diameter of the seats surrounding the field is more than 800 feet. The entire structure covers over 12 acres and the playing field sits 10 to 30 feet below street level.
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