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Monday April 9, 2012

As the Cardinals kick off the baseball season in St. Louis with their home opener, the Blues charge into the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It’s been a long time coming, but the St. Louis Blues will begin their run for the Stanley Cup on Thursday, April 12, at the Scottrade Center. The Blues take on the San Jose Sharks in the first round of playoffs. Win or lose, put your hands together as the Blues have played some awesome hockey and ended the regular season in 2nd place in the Western Conference. Show your support for our boys in blue during various rallies starting at 3 p.m. and then at 4:30 p.m. on April 12th

Days and times for the first round playoff games:

Game 1 – Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. (in St. Louis)
Game 2 – Saturday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. (in St. Louis)
Game 3 – Monday, April 16 at 9 p.m. (in San Jose)
Game 4 – Thursday, April 19 at 9:30 p.m. (in San Jose)
Game 5 – Saturday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. (in St. Louis) if necessary
Game 6 – Monday, April 23 at TBD (in San Jose) if necessary
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 25 at TBD (in St. Louis) if necessary

For more information on the Blues’ quest for the Cup log onto http://blues.nhl.com/.

Donning a different colored hat, this Friday the 13th is a lucky day for the patriots of Cardinal Nation — the 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals return to their Busch Stadium roost for their first home game of the 2012 baseball season. Can you say, “12 in ’12?”

Even the Cardinal’s new skipper Mike Matheny is pumped about Home Opener 2012. “Regardless if the team wins the World Series or not, opening day is pretty special. So especially after the kind of finish that this team had last year, we think it could be exceptional,” says manager Mike.

Considered St. Louis’ biggest unofficial holiday, Opening Day is electric with special events starting in the wee hours leading up to the 2:15 p.m. first pitch against the rival Chicago Cubs.

Early bird fans can start celebrating at 9:30 a.m. at four pep rally locations near the ballpark. The fun runs until game time. Locations include:

  • Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally: The Cardinals will host a pre-game pep rally in the Ballpark Village Lot, located directly across from Busch Stadium, at the corner of Clark Street and South Broadway.
  • Kiener Plaza: Live games, food, drinks and live music get the adrenalin pumping for the Cards’ 130th MLB season. Kiener Plaza is located along Market Street between Broadway and 7th streets.
  • Joe Buck’s Restaurant: Meet Cardinals’ mascot Fredbird, pick up some fun giveaway prizes and take a chance to win tickets to the home opener at Joe Buck’s, 1000 Clark Street, just three blocks from Busch.
  • Tum’s Parking Lot: The “Voice of the Cardinals” – KMOX Radio – will be chatting up the start of the season at this space just a block east of Gate 6.

On Laclede’s Landing, join the dueling piano bar All Stars from the Big Bang for rousing renditions of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” After the game, the Laclede’s Landing Complimentary Shuttle will pick you up from Busch Stadium and drop you off at the popular piano nightclub.

For more information about Opening Day and the rest of the 2012 Cardinals season, click on www.stlcardinals.com.

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