Baseball, hockey and football are always the topic of discussion in St. Louis, and the Gateway City has always enjoyed love affair with its pro teams. The Blues, Cardinals and Rams make sure local sports fans have something to cheer about 12 months a year.
For baseball fans who think nine innings just aren’t enough, here’s a way to add a little extra excitement to a visit to Busch Stadium. Get your game day ticket punched early and catch Holiday and the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals swinging for the fences in their natural habitat. Fans of the “Big Fly” will have plenty to see during batting practice before regular season games from April – October. Get schedule and ticket info at www.stlcardinals.com.
Here’s the line-up for both teams’ respective times in the batting practice cage:
12:10 p.m. and 12:15 p.m. games:
Cardinals: 9:35 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Visiting team: 10:50 a.m. – 11:30a.m.
1:15 p.m. games:
Cardinals: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Visiting team: 11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
3:10 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. games:
Cardinals: 12:25 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Visiting team: 1:40 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
7:15 p.m. games*
Cardinals: 4:35 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
Visiting team: 5:50 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
* Times are one hour earlier for 6:10 and 6:15 p.m. games, and BP times – much like game times – are subject to change without notice.
Blues on Ice
The National Hockey League regular season runs from September through April, so there are plenty of chances to catch the St. Louis Blues in action at Scottrade Center, but have you ever wondered how the team gets ready for those on-ice battles?
Serious hockey fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at Blues players as they sharpen their skills during team practice session at the IceZone at St. Louis Mills. The rink, which is open to the public year-round, serves as the official practice facility of the St. Louis Blues. All team practices held at the rink are free and open to the public, so visit www.icezoneatmills.com for a complete list of dates and times. Because the team’s schedule often changes without notice, call the IceZone at (314) 227-5288 to confirm the practice session you’re planning to check out. For more information visit www.stlouisblues.com.
From September to January, the NFL’s St. Louis Rams grind it out on the gridiron of the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis – but the real action starts well before the first snap of any pre-season football game.
Football fans can watch the team working out and getting ready for the regular season during training camp at Rams Park each summer in nearby Earth City, MO. Find out for yourself how grueling those legendary “two-a-days” can be and get a first hand look at what pro football players go through during a typical “day at the office.”
In addition to the free daily practice sessions, which begin in late July and run through the end of August, the team holds a scrimmage that’s also free and open to the public. For more information visit www.stlouisrams.com.