Homestand highlights (Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 24, 2016)

2006 World Series Anniversary Weekend & Star Wars Night highlight the seventh homestand of the season

Fresh off the All-Star break, the Cardinals start the second half of the season at Busch Stadium with a ten game homestand. The homestand starts with three games versus the Miami Marlins (July 15-17), continues with four games against the San Diego Padres (July 18-21) and concludes with three games versus the Los Angeles Dodgers (July 22-24). The homestand is highlighted by the 2006 World Series Anniversary Weekend, Mizzou Night, Stars Wars Night, a Turn Back The Clock game and a Matt Holliday bobblehead promotional giveaway.
 
Friday, July 15, 2016 - Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)
2006 World Series Anniversary Weekend Presented by Budweiser
Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • 2006 World Series Championship Beer Stein Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 21 and older, will take home the sixth stein in the Championship series, highlighting the 10th Anniversary of the Cardinals 10th World Series Championship over the Detroit Tigers. Presented by Budweiser.
  • Mizzou Night Theme Tickets: The St. Louis Cardinals invite all Missouri Tigers fans and their families to enjoy Mizzou Night at the ballpark. Fans who purchase the special theme night ticket receive a specially designed Mizzou themed Cardinals t-shirt. New football head coach Barry Odom and two-time NCAA Wrestling Champion and Rio Olympic Qualifier J'den Cox will be in attendance to throw out ceremonial first pitches. The Mizzou Golden Girls, Truman the Tiger and various Tiger athletes will take part in a pre-game Pep Rally in Riverview Corner before the game as well. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). 
  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum. Today's featured items relate to the 2006 World Series and includes a 2006 World Series logo autographed team ball and an Albert Pujols 2007 Opening Day series jersey featuring gold trim and World Champions sleeve patch. For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game's raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care. For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137) and Gate 3 from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Race To The Plate: At every Friday home game, fans will enjoy the Missouri Farmers Care: Race To The Plate-a mascot race featuring Captain Cornelius, Bessie the Cow, Simon the Soybean and Baconeer the Pig. Join the conversation on how today's food is grown and raised at MissouriFarmersCare.com (#GoFarmTeam).

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (6:15 p.m.)
2006 World Series Anniversary Weekend Presented by Budweiser
Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

  • Replica 2006 World Series Championship Mystery Player Ring Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a replica 2006 World Series Championship Mystery Player Ring. The individual player rings will celebrate five of the top players from the 2006 World Series team (Carpenter, Eckstein, Edmonds, Molina and Wainwright).
  • 2006 World Series Championship Anniversary Ceremony: In recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the Cardinals 2006 World Series Championship, 19 members of the 2006 team, along with Tony LaRussa and Walt Jocketty, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony before the start of tonight's game. The former players will be introduced via a Ford motorcade from right field to home plate. 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein will throw a ceremonial first pitch to former catcher Gary Bennett.
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to having a valid admission to the museum, fans must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and will be distributed on the day of each Saturday signing. Visit cardinals.com/museum for more info.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game's raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care. For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (1:15 p.m.)
2006 World Series Anniversary Weekend Presented by Budweiser
Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Adult Replica Home 2006 Mystery Player Jersey Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will go home with a replica home white 2006 Mystery Player Jersey. The individual player jerseys will celebrate five of the top players from the 2006 World Series team (Duncan, Isringhausen, Rolen, Suppan and Taguchi), but fans won't know which jersey they receive until they walk through the gates. Presented by AT&T.
  • Peanut Controlled Theme Day: This unique opportunity allows our fans with peanut allergies to sit in a Peanut Controlled Zone. Fans who purchase the special Peanut Controlled theme ticket will sit in Section 328 where sales and consumption of peanuts will not be allowed. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • Live From AT&T Rooftop: FOX Sports Midwest will broadcast today's game from the AT&T Rooftop at Cardinals Nation.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last).
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game's raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care. For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Monday, July 18, 2016 - Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)
Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • American Girl Theme Night: The Cardinals invite fans of American Girl to Busch Stadium for American Girl Night at the ballpark. Fans who purchase this special theme night ticket will receive an exclusive doll-sized Cardinals t-shirt for their American Girl doll. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series. The 2016 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza. Tonight's battle features Chad Randall Band, Destination Z and Blacktop South. Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event. Performances begin at 5:30 p.m. with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top four scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 28th in the Battle at Busch finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.
  • Piscotty's Pals: Stephen Piscotty and his Piscotty's Pals program will host a group from It Takes A Village for tonight's game. The group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Stephen in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions prior to the start of the game.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)
Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Brad Thompson Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition Brad Thompson mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2006 World Series Champion Cardinals. VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Brad. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. For more info, or to purchase general tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#BudBash).
  • Wainwright's Winners: Adam Wainwright and his Wainwright's Winners program will host a group from Basket of Hope for tonight's game. The group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Adam in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions prior to the start of the game.
  • Pregame Pom/Cheer/Dance Performance: Prior to the game, groups from Christopher High School Cheer, Code Red Dance, Dellwood Rec Center, Kelly's Kuties and Young Champions of America will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning at 5:50 p.m.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)
Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Star Wars Theme Night: Join us for Star Wars Night at the ballpark where Busch Stadium will be transformed with Star Wars-themed sights and sounds. Fans who purchase the special theme ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Star Wars-themed Cardinals t-shirt. Star Wars characters will be roaming throughout the ballpark for photo opportunities as well! Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • Redbird Rookies Rawlings Gold Glove Ceremony: Six children from the club's Redbird Rookies community program will be honored on the field before tonight's game. In order to qualify for the Gold Glove Award the children had to attend all four Redbird Rookies off-field events and complete an application that included specific tasks for different age groups. The applications were evaluated by Cardinals Care staff and two participants in each of the three ages groups were selected as winners. Each winner received four Field Box tickets to tonight's game, an opportunity to meet a Cardinals player and will be presented with a personalized glove from Rawlings.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (6:15 p.m.)
Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

  • Christmas in July Theme Night: Whether you've been naughty or nice, the Cardinals invite all fans to join them for Christmas in July at Busch Stadium. Fans who purchase the special theme ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals snow hat. Santa Fredbird will be on hand for photo ops as well as Mr. & Mrs. Claus, The Sugar Plum Fairy and more, courtesy of the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Friday, July 22, 2016 - Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:15 p.m.)
Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Matt Holliday Bobblehead Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a Matt Holliday bobblehead to add to their collection. Presented by AAA.
  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Ceremony: During a pregame ceremony, the Cardinals & On the Run will present the winners of the 9th Annual Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle with a game-worn, autographed #42 jersey from Jackie Robinson Day at Busch Stadium this past April 15th. Money raised from the raffle goes to the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) & Cardinals Care in celebration of Jackie Robinson Day. Over the past eight seasons, the Jackie Robinson Day Jersey Raffle has raised more than $400,000 to benefit the JRF's local scholars and Cardinals Care.
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors. Two current Cardinals players (TBD) will sign 100 autographs inside Ford Plaza for fans ages 15 and younger from 5:45-6:15. Former Cardinals Kyle McClellan and Cliff Politte will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00. *Players subject to change*
  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum. Today's featured items relate to All-Star games and include a 1966 All-Star game ticket and a 1957 All-Star game bat issued to Stan Musial. For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game's raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care. For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.
  • Race To The Plate: At every Friday home game, fans will enjoy the Missouri Farmers Care: Race To The Plate-a mascot race featuring Captain Cornelius, Bessie the Cow, Simon the Soybean and Baconeer the Pig. Join the conversation on how today's food is grown and raised at MissouriFarmersCare.com (#GoFarmTeam).

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:15 p.m.)
Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

  • Adult Replica 1956 Road Gray Cardinals Jersey Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will go home with their very own 1956 road gray Cardinals jersey to add to their collection. This jersey was the only uniform worn by the Cardinals since 1922 that did not feature the iconic Birds on the Bat design.
  • Turn Back The Clock: The Cardinals will be wearing their 1956 home jerseys featuring the Cardinals script across the chest and the Slugger birder on the sleeve.
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: A former Cardinals player [TBD] will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to having a valid admission to the museum, fans must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and will be distributed on the day of each Saturday signing. Check cardinals.com/museum for the full Saturday Signings schedule.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game's raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care. For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:08 p.m.)
ESPN Sunday Night Baseball National Broadcast
Gates open at 5:08 p.m.

  • Build-a-Bear Workshop Cardinals Bear Promotional Giveaway: The first 12,000 ticketed fans, ages 15 and younger, will take home a special Cardinals Build-a-Bear.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last).
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. For more info, past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

MORE HOMESTAND INFORMATION
 
#STLisLou Social Media Campaign Launched to Honor Lou Brock
On April 19, the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Civic leaders launched #STLisLou to honor Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, celebrate the St. Louis Community and raise money for children with diabetes. The Cardinals are encouraging fans to show their affection for Lou Brock all season long by sharing video messages, photographs and other messages via social media using the hashtag #STLisLou. The team is challenging fans to answer what does Lou Brock mean to you and what does he mean to St. Louis and the Cardinals? 
 
Additionally, the team has partnered with Explore St. Louis and Downtown STL to develop "Tuesday's Are Lou's Day - Find Lou in the Lou!", a weekly social media based scavenger hunt around town that will reward lucky fans with tickets, exclusive #STLisLou Lou Brock autographed baseballs and other prizes. Fans can learn more about the campaign and see what others fans are posting to social media at www.cardinals.com/lou.
 
#PlayBallLikeACardinal Fan Video Initiative
The Cardinals recently launched #PlayBallLikeACardinal, a youth-focused video engagement seeking out young people who have a passion for the Redbirds and are incorporating that passion into how they play the game. 
 
Fans are asked to post short video clips of their children imitating their favorite Cardinals players to their preferred social media platform (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) using the hashtag, #PlayBallLikeACardinal, or share a link to a video they have posted to a public video platform like YouTube directly with the Cardinals at cardinals.com/playball. The Cardinals intend to share videos of children playing ball like Cardinals on the team's television broadcasts such as Cardinals Insider, within Busch Stadium on the new high definition scoreboard or online via cardinals.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
 
Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
Saturday Signings at the Museum, a new program held exclusively at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum before each Saturday home game during the 2016 season where fans can meet and get an autograph from a former Cardinals player with valid admission to the museum. In addition to having valid admission, fans must obtain a free autograph line ticket which will be distributed starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Busch Stadium II Infield entrance to Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village on the day of each Saturday signing. Players will sign for two hours prior to game time and fans will need to bring their own items to be autographed unless otherwise noted. Fans can visit cardinals.com/museum for more details and scheduling.
 
The Cardinals are proud to continue to offer the Hall of Fame & Museum Membership Program for fans in 2016. Individual ($50) or Family Membership ($85) options are available and membership benefits include unlimited museum admission for one year, guest passes, limited edition bobbleheads of Ken Boyer and Willie McGee, discounts to the Cardinals Authentics Shop & Cardinals Nation Restaurant, and access to select presales and member-only events. Visit cardinals.com/membership for more information.
 
The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation features the largest team-held collection in baseball. The collection is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 20,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. Be sure to check out this year's special gallery, Farming the Business of Cardinals Baseball, which explores the history of baseball's first successful farm system and how it literally changed the sport. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and remains open through the 7th inning on home game nights. Adult admission is $12, and tickets can be purchased at cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).
 
Rising Star Carlos Martinez Covers The New Edition of Cardinals Magazine
The new edition of Cardinals Magazine continues providing top-notch coverage for fans with a compelling cover story on starter Carlos Martinez. From his engaging social media interaction with fans to his various charitable endeavors, Martinez is demonstrating that he's committed to becoming more than just an elite pitcher.
 
Page after page, fans will enjoy this jam-packed edition-just in time for the start of summer! Read our exploration of the Cardinals prolific pinch hitting success in 2016 and continuation of our 10th anniversary celebration of the 2006 World Series Champions. We also take a closer look at the team's 2016 draft class, highlighted by a first-person account of draft night by first-round selection Dylan Carlson. And fans won't want to miss the latest journal installment by one of baseball's hottest hitters, Matt Carpenter, who talks about the birth of his baby daughter Kinley.
 
Now in its 25th season, Cardinals Magazine continues to provide its global readership with comprehensive, colorful coverage of all-things Cardinals. Fans can purchase the 100-plus page third issue for just $5 at Busch Stadium vendors inside each stadium gate, team store locations and Cardinals Authentics stores in Ford Plaza and Ballpark Village. Throughout St. Louis, the magazine is available for purchase at major retailers like Cardinals Clubhouse, Dierbergs, Schnucks, QuikTrip and Walgreens. Print and digital subscriptions are also available at cardinals.com/publications or 314-345-9000. New this season, you can follow Cardinals Magazine on Twitter @CardsMagazine for one-of-a-kind coverage and watch weekly video segments ("Inside Access With Cardinals Magazine") on the Cardinals Insider TV show or at cardinals.com/insider.
 
2016 Official Scorecard Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Busch Stadium III
One of the longest-standing collectible souvenirs in baseball, the scorecard represents much more than a means to keep track of the hits, runs and outs that occur over the course of a game. It's a tangible keepsake commemorating a game that might be memorable for any number reasons-a fan's first game, a couple's first date or a record-setting performance.
 
It's no wonder that the first order of business at Busch Stadium for baseball's best fans is a stop at a Cardinals Publications vendors cart inside each gate entrance to purchase the Official 2016 Cardinals Scorecard-sold individually or included with each copy of Cardinals Magazine.
 
This must-have keepsake features the striking artistic designs of local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003. Inside, the scorecard also teaches fans how to score the "Cardinal Way"-a storied tradition by club officials that dates back to the 1940s. Be sure to purchase your 2016 Scorecard at the ballpark this season! Copies are also available online at cardinals.com/scorecard.
 
Cardinals Authentics
The Cardinals Authentics Shop - the official source of game-used and autographed collectibles and memorabilia directly from the club - will have game-used bases and baseballs available for purchase before the end of each game. All season long, fans will be able to take a piece of the game directly from the field to their home, all in one visit. For more information on Cardinals Authentics, and their two locations (inside Ford Plaza and at Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village), visit cardinals.com/authentics or follow them on Twitter @CardsAuthentics (#CardsAuthentics).
 
Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar
New this year, Cardinals Nation will host the Official Pre-Game Party of the St. Louis Cardinals. This ticketed pep-rally style party will be located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in the Hall of Fame Club, two and a half hours prior to every Cardinals home game during the 2016 season. This exclusive Cardinals Nation pre-game event includes a full buffet menu, all-inclusive bar and a DJ or live music all the way until first pitch. Only 250 tickets will be allotted for each game, which fans can purchase at cardinals.com/pregame for digital delivery. Tickets can also be purchased at any box office or at the Cardinals Museum in Cardinals Nation.
 
Open daily, Cardinals Nation is the year-round home to Cardinals fans offering a variety of weekly programming and special events. Offering an expansive menu that recently added 17 new menu items, Cardinals Nation has something for everyone. This season, fans won't want to miss the following highlights:

  • G&W Grill on Clark Street featuring St. Louis' own G&W Bratwursts and Hot Dogs on game days
  • Dinger's Donuts and Gus' Pretzels game day carts on Clark Street
  • Homerun Brunch every non-game Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Keep the Cup promotion on game days with 3 limited edition cups this season
  • DJ after every game on the 1st floor of Cardinals Nation
  • And much more! Visit cardinalsnation.com for details.

Ballpark Village
Ballpark Village is the place to be before, during and after the game! Since opening in March of 2014, Ballpark Village has hosted more than 10 million visitors of all ages from across the country and brought hundreds of great events to downtown St. Louis. As Ballpark Village enters its third year, several additions and improvements are underway. The brand new Prairie Farms Dugout will serve up Prairie Farms hand-dipped ice cream, North Star frozen novelties and cold beverages on the turf of the Busch II Infield. Inside fans can catch the pre-game pep rallies in FOX Sports Midwest Live! featuring emcee Todd Thomas and live post-game music by the region's greatest bands. When the Cardinals are away, Ballpark Village has fans covered with the return of the Official Away Game Watch Parties featuring premium giveaways. 
 
Don't miss the Official St. Louis Cardinals Away Game Watch Party with a Baby Blue Cardinals Jersey giveaway on Wednesday, July 27.
 
And while the Redbirds are out of town, the summer concerts continue at Ballpark Village. On Friday, July 29, the District Rhythms Concert Series returns with Dru Hill, including band member Sisqo, on the Busch II Infield Stage. On Saturday, July 30, fan favorites 3 Doors Down will take the Busch II Infield Stage for an exciting outdoor concert. Finally, on Sunday, July 31, the 2016 Summerland Tour starring Sugar Ray, Everclear, Sponge and Lit will perform on the Busch II Infield Stage. To purchase tickets, or for more information, go to stlballparkvillage.com.

2016 Official Team Media Guide
The St. Louis Cardinals official team Media Guide has long been relied upon by journalists and broadcasters who cover the team. Containing stats, photos and biographies of every player in the entire Cardinals organization, along with the definitive history of the club since its inception, the 2016 Media Guide is the best and most comprehensive book about the Cardinals.
 
The Cardinals annual media guide is a great collectable, with the cover each season highlighting a moment in Cardinals history. New this season, for every Media Guide purchased at the team store, Cards Authentics store or stands around the ballpark, fans will receive an exclusive poster featuring all 11 media guide covers at the new ballpark, along with the 2016 schedule. The 2016 Media Guide is available for $20 at the Team Store, Cardinals Authentics or cardinals.com/mediaguide.
 
Cardinals in the Community
Cardinals Care (#CardsCare) was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community-both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed over $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods. 
 
This year marks the 13th year of Cardinals Care's innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year. 
 
Fans can support Cardinals Care by donating directly at cardinals.com/community or in a variety of ways:

  • #STLisLou Buttons: The team is selling commemorative #STLisLou buttons to raise money for a special Cardinals Care fund established in Lou's name to help children with diabetes. All proceeds from the sale of the #STLisLou button will go toward the special fund. Fans can purchase the button for $5 at Busch Stadium in the Cardinals Team Store or in the Cardinals Authentics store, as well as at the Cardinals Authentics Store at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village. Fans can also purchase the buttons for $5, plus shipping & handling fees, or make a donation to the fund directly at www.cardinals.com/lou.
  • Cardinals Care 6K & One Mile Fun Run: Registration is now open for the seventh annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run set for Sunday, September 18th. Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6k (#CardsCare6K).

Cardinals Work #4AGreenerGame
The Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium. In exchange for their services, volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game. To volunteer or learn more, visit cardinals.com/green (#4AGreenerGame).
 
Follow the Cardinals on Social Media
Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Instagram (Cardinals), Snapchat (cardinals), Pinterest (pinterest.com/cardinalsmlb), Tumblr (stlcardinals) and Google + (St. Louis Cardinals). Fans will get an inside look at the team, exclusive promotions and giveaways, breaking club news, behind-the-scenes photos, videos and much more. For more info, and a list of verified player twitter accounts, visit cardinals.com/connect. Join the conversation using #STLCards.
 
Facebook Fridays with Fredbird
Every Friday, Fredbird and Team Fredbird will appear somewhere within Cardinal Nation to give away a select number of free tickets or items to lucky fans on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to join the fun. To find out where Fredbird will be each week follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals, or visit cardinals.com/facebookfridays for more details (#Fredbird).
 
Fan-Friendly Values

  • Dynamic Deals of the Week: The Cardinals' value-based dynamic pricing system allows them to offer outstanding ticket savings to fans throughout the season. Special values will be highlighted each Monday as part of the "Dynamic Deals of the Week" promotion. Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails at cardinals.com.
  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: At 9:00 a.m. on the day of each game, the first 275 fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets to that day's game for just $11.20. The voucher may be redeemed 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the game. The tickets may be anywhere in the park, depending on availability. Visit cardinals.com/firstpitch for full details.
  • Coca-Cola Sundays: Enjoy Sunday games in select Pavilion and Terrace level seats at a special low price. Each ticket purchased also includes a free Coca-Cola and Hunter hot dog. Tickets start at just $10 each! Visit http://www.cardinals.com/cocacola to purchase tickets or for more details.
  • Phillips 66 Discount Ticket Offer: Fill up with 8 gallons or more at participating Phillips 66 and receive a voucher for up to 50% off a pair of tickets to a Cardinals game. Visit cardinals.com/phillips66 for details.
  • Cardinals/Six Flags Double Play Combo: Each Double Play Combo includes a ticket to a 2016 Cardinals game and one single-day admission to Six Flags for just $55. Visit cardinals.com/sixflags to purchase Double Play Combos or for more information.

For more information on Cardinals promotions and theme nights visit cardinals.com/promotions and cardinals.com/theme.
 
Metal Detectors
Cardinals fans will note the continued use of walk-through metal detectors at all Busch Stadium gates and entrances, as part of MLB's implementation of mandatory metal detection screening of all guests at all MLB ballparks in 2016. 
 
**Highway Construction Closes 7th Street Ramps Entering and Exiting I-55/I-44 Through December**
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has closed the ramps from 7th Street entering and exiting southbound I-55/westbound I-44 for the rest of the Cardinals season. MoDOT recommends that fans use the Walnut and Tucker ramps to get to games (especially from Illinois) and take Chouteau to Truman to leave.