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  • Day trippin': HOF celebrates Cardinals

  • All-Star week approaches in Major League Baseball, so this is your last chance to catch the Cardinals in action before the break.
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  • All-Star week approaches in Major League Baseball, so this is your last chance to catch the Cardinals in action before the break. The team owns a solid 50-42 (as of Thursday afternoon) record and they also find themselves ranked second in the NL Central. Over the weekend, the Birds will face the division’s leader, the Milwaukee Brewers. With all the action in the Gateway to the West, a trip to the Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village would be a great way to spend your weekend.
    Cardinals Nation is situated in the central business district of St. Louis, and it looks right onto the field of Busch Stadium. The building is over 30,000 square feet and spans three stories. The complex has three distinct parts that all Cardinals fans must visit. The first two stories make up the Cardinals Nation restaurant, the third houses the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, and the delight continues on the rooftop with a 300 plus seat roof-top deck.
    The Cardinals Nation restaurant maintains the Red Birds championship pedigree with world-class food, drink, and service. Internationally acclaimed designer Jeffrey Beers International designed the space true to the Cardinals sporting roots. There are three separate patios, four full-service bars, and you won’t miss a single pitch with over 50 flat-screen TVs lining the walls. With a game-day buffet on the second floor for $25, it’s a home run experience. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
    After your meal, venture on to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. As one of the greatest sporting franchises in the world, there is plenty of history and great players to celebrate. Look no further than this 8,000 square foot to enjoy area as the perfect walk through Cardinals history. The Cardinals Museum is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second to only the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with more than 16,000 memorabilia artifacts collected from the over one hundred years of Cardinal baseball.
    Both the Hall of Fame and the Museum are open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. But hurry to the Hall of Fame while at the games, because it closes after the 7th inning. The HOF has free admission, but the Museum is $12 for adults, Seniors (60 plus) and active military with ID is $10, children 15 and under is $8, and children 3 and under are free with a limit of three per family or group.
    Then finally, make your way onto the rooftop for truly an awe-inspiring experience. On top, you will find over 300 seats splayed across two decks on the AT&T Rooftop. It offers the perfect birds eye view of Busch Stadium for you to cheer on the Cards. It also features a delectable all-you-can-eat buffet with a full service bar so you can munch while you cheer.
    Page 2 of 2 - You can also find plenty of Cardinals gear at the Cardinals Authentics Shop. There you will find autographed baseballs, game-used balls, and much more.
    So, go to Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village to get the full Cardinal fan experience.
     
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