St. Louis Vacation: September 2021

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Saturday, September 11 - Arrival in St. Louis and Cardinals Game

Our mid-morning flight got us in to St. Louis Lambert International Airport just after noon. After a train ride into Union Station by the Aquarium, it was a short walk to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. It was a little out of the way, but in true Neil and Ginger fashion, we chose it because of its good price and location near public transit (bus and train lines), so it was fairly easy to get around. It was also right across the street from the construction site of the new CITYPARK, the stadium that would soon become the home of the St. Louis CITY SC Major League Soccer franchise. Plus, our room had a clear, unobstructed view of the nearby Aquarium and downtown with the Arch in the background.

After checking in, we took a walk to Pappy's Smokehouse for a late lunch. Still busy throughout the afternoon, the smokehouse had a long wait for inside tables, but seating outside was readily available. After some tasty sliced brisket sandwiches and fries, we headed back to the hotel to plan our evening trip to downtown.

Photos from Saturday afternoon (14 images)

Game day! One of the big reasons to visit St. Louis, of course, was to watch a Cardinals baseball game at Busch Stadium, so we had secured tickets for Saturday evening's game. First pitch was at 6:15, but of course we wanted some time to look around before entering the stadium, so we took a train that got us to downtown a little after 4:30. After walking a complete circuit around the outside of the satadium and taking pictures of statues and other items commemorating the Cardinals' rich history, we got inside and found our seats, field level, just a few rows behind the home team's dugout. Neil took off for a brisk walk around the inside of the stadium for a bunch more photos.

Photos from around Busch Stadium (14 images)

The Cardinals weren't doing too well at the time, but our visit changed all that. With an exciting come-from-behind victory over the Cincinnati Reds featuring a game-deciding 2-run home run by Nolan Arenado in the 8th inning, the Cardinals started their historic late-season 17-game winning streak that got them into the playoffs that year. Baseball Reference has the complete box score and play-by-play!

Photos from inside Busch Stadium (21 images)

The game ended just after 9:00, so it wasn't too late by the time we made it back to the hotel, ready for a good night's sleep before setting out for some more sights the next day.