The St. Louis Cardinals kick off their first home game of the season at Busch Stadium on Monday, April 11. With thousands of baseball fans expected in downtown for the big game, in addition to the home opener taking place on a work day, streets will be busy and downtown parking will be at a premium. Metro is the best option for Redbird fans to get to all of the fun and excitement without worrying about sitting in traffic and figuring out where to park.
Baseball fans can use one of the 21 free Park-Ride lots located at MetroLink stations in both Missouri and Illinois, and ride the train to the Stadium MetroLink Station or one of the other nearby MetroLink stations in downtown St. Louis to see the game or join in one of the several rallies taking place before the first pitch. MetroLink will have additional personnel located throughout the light rail system on Monday to assist passengers headed downtown. MetroLink will also monitor platforms throughout the day and add extra trains to service, as needed.
MetroBus is another great option for getting to downtown St. Louis on Monday. Fans can catch the #40 Broadway or #99 Downtown Trolley, which both have stops near Busch Stadium, or ride on one of 18 MetroBus routes to the Civic Center Transit Center, located just a few blocks west of the stadium.
To plan your trip to the opening day festivities on Monday, download the Metro On The Go App to your mobile device, use the Trip Planner on metrostlouis.org or contact Metro Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In addition to MetroLink and MetroBus, Illinois passengers can also ride the Redbird Express to get to the home opener on Monday. The first Redbird Express leaves from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois 2 ½ hours before the game with service every 3 to 5 minutes. On Monday, the Redbird Express buses will begin running at noon. More information about the Redbird Express service can be found on the St. Clair County Transit District website, scctd.org, under the Special Services tab.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Patti Beck, Director of Communications, is available for live interviews at the Stadium MetroLink Station (located at 8th & Spruce Streets) during the morning on Monday, April 11 to talk about how baseball fans can use Metro transit to get to all of the excitement of Opening Day.
To schedule an interview, please contact Jerry Vallely at 314-486-5553.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 399 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 78 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park; the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the Regional Freight District.