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Cardinals Removing Seats At Busch Stadium To Create Space For Bars, Fans To Mingle

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 12 / 17

The Cardinals have "removed several sections of seats" in right field at Busch Stadium and "begun construction on a new feature at the ballpark that is similar to mingling areas at Coors Field and Petco Park," according to Derrick Goold of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. The area will feature "bars and...

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