Busch is the Best

Andy Hurla

Many students start the school year with bucket list conversations, and many claim that visiting every NFL stadium or MLB ballpark is on the list. If you don’t have a bucket list, make one. And if you don’t want to visit every stadium or ballpark, at least visit New Busch.

New Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri has already been host for three World Series since it was opened in 2006. Now that Cardinals fans can view the Arch while looking out from behind home plate, a design created by the Kansas City architectural firm Populous, there is a strong argument for claiming New Busch Stadium is the best baseball park in the country. However, Kansas City residents might prefer the fountains in the outfield at Kauffman Stadium over the panoramic downtown view at New Busch. There might even be a KC lawyer who tells you Kauffman has hosted just as many World Series, three. Or maybe a Boston resident will display an affection for tradition and the Big Green Monster at Fenway Park.

In reality there is no argument, Busch is the best. Baseball parks are meant to be downtown, and a $15 ticket to watch a perennial pennant contender in a downtown stadium with a view of the Gateway Arch is simply exactly what you get at New Busch. The fountains at Kauffman Stadium are beautiful, and opening up the outfield to spectators was a great improvement for Kansas City baseball fans. Its still not downtown, and it doesn’t have Ballpark Village: a 100,000 square foot building with five live performance stages, a gigantic retractable roof, and the largest television screen in the Midwest. Also, don’t forget about the perennial pennant contender factor. Royals fans don’t want to see these winning seasons stop, because the 90’s had none of them. Cardinals fans really aren’t concerned with that. In the nine years since New Busch opened (also known as Busch III,) there have been 10 World Series games played there. Kauffman Stadium, known as Royals Stadium before the passing of Ewing Kauffman, has hosted 11 World Series games in 47 years.

There’s also no worries about a ball crushing your windshield, as I’ve seen done at Fenway Park during batting practice. Ballpark Village and the nearly 47,000 seats protect your vehicles. Parking spaces are also plentiful in the structures across the street. Nor is there a seat you’d pay for stuck behind a pillar, which one would also have to avoid at Fenway.

Here’s a tip: go see a game at New Busch Stadium. Its less than 4 hours driving from Kansas City (be sure to take 64-40 into downtown once you get to the suburbs.) For eighty dollars you and a friend can park across the street, watch the game and drink a big soda out of a souvenir cup you can take home with you. Peanuts or Cracker Jacks are also budgeted into the eighty. Your choice.