posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 05:34 PM
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals will be playing in a new ballpark beginning with the 2006 season and the facility will still
be named Busch Stadium.
"It just wouldn't be Cardinals baseball without Busch Stadium," said William O. DeWitt Jr., the team's principal owner.
The club made the announcement of naming rights for its new stadium at a Wednesday afternoon press conference outside the current Busch Stadium. The
deal with Anheuser-Busch is for 20 years. Financial terms were not disclosed, but it is expected to help offset some of the nearly $400 million cost
of building the new stadium, which is expected to have 46,000 seats.
"From the beginning of this process the name that we certainly hoped to be able to deliver to our fans was Busch Stadium," said team president Mark
Lamping. "During Anheuser-Busch's consideration of this opportunity, we did talk to a number of companies both local and outside St. Louis, but none
of them in the detail that we did with Anheuser-Busch."
The Cardinals have played at the current Busch Stadium since it opened in 1966. From 1953-1966, the ballpark previously known as Sportsman's Park was
called Busch Stadium after the brewery purchased the team and the stadium.