Opened in 2006, Busch Stadium is the third Major League ballpark to bear that name in St. Louis. This 44,000 seat purpose-built ballpark replaced a multi-purpose baseball and football stadium that was located just north of the current ballpark.
One major difference between new Busch Stadium and its predecessor is urban design. The prior stadium was a circular building that distorted the street grid and did not acknowledge its urban setting. The new ballpark, more rectangular in plan, acknowledges the existence of the urban grid in a dramatic way. Located on four square blocks of downtown St. Louis, the intermediate streets terminate in major entrances, celebrating the necessary interruption of the grid.
More important, the new ballpark locates most of its seats in foul territory, as preferred by baseball fans. This allows the facility unobstructed views to St. Louis’ most famous landmark, the Gateway Arch, located just two blocks away in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park. This connection to St. Louis’ iconic structure, combined with a traditional design in brick and stone, connects new Busch Stadium to St. Louis much more profoundly than the prior stadium did.