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St Louis is home to many wonderful landmarks and attractions that the city has to offer From scenic Forest Park with the zoo art museum and Science Center and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial with the Arch to the sporting venues of the Savvis Center and the Edward Jones Dome St Louis offers a large variety of events and locations to attract tourists Of these none quite have the history excitement and popularity that Busch Stadium has showcased from the time of its opening until now In the late 1950s August A Busch Jr owner of Anheuser-Busch requested that funding be provided with the approval by the company board of directors by the brewing company to move the Cardinals in to a new stadium from their current residence back then Sportsmans Park During the next few years he met with city officials and downtown developers to discuss the idea of a downtown stadium and other development possibilities in the vicinity of the proposed stadium After many years of developing the layout plans and organizing the finances the official groundbreaking or work to start occurred in 1964 After two quick hardworking years the stadium opened on May 12 1966 for the first St Louis Cardinals baseball game in the now present-day Busch Memorial Stadium In their first game they gave fans a glimpse of many of the great games and seasons to be played in the future a 12-inning 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves With a new stadium in place in the heart of downtown St Louis the city took advantage of the new landmark and spurred new businesses and attractions in the surrounding area New hotels offices and shopping stops were attracted by the stadium along with the much-needed parking garages that still surround the stadium today were also constructed Between all of the newly constructed structures and the stadium another historical site also popped up in the coming years after the opening of
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