ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - The final chance for Cardinals fans to say their good-byes to Stan “The Man” Musial will take place Thursday, as a public visitation will take place at the Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End.
Long time admirers of Musial continued to gather at a makeshift memorial at the foot of his statue outside Busch Stadium. People like John DeZego, who remembered meeting his idol as a boy, and having that meeting live up to all expectations.
“It was bigger than life,” he said. “My sister and I were probably six or seven when we went to see him. He was just bigger than life.”
He will be among thousands likely to attend the Thursday visitation between 2pm and 8pm at the Cathedral Basilica at 4431 Lindell. Parking is already limited in the area, and will be worse with the large crowd anticipated. St. Louis police say they will have officers in the area to keep traffic moving as best they can.
The Archdiocese is asking that people attending arrived through the front door. Once inside, the family has requested that there be no photography.
Anyone with mementos they want to share are asked to place them at the memorial at Busch Stadium.
The funeral on Saturday will be closed to the public, though there will be coverage on FOX2.
In lieu of flowers, fans are asked to make donations to the Covenant House or a charity of choice.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current Archbishop of New York, will join Archbishop Carlson and Bishop Richard Stika on Saturday for Musial’s private funeral mass on Saturday, January 26th at 11 a.m.
Immediately after the mass, the funeral procession will make its way to Busch Stadium where the family will lay a wreath at the base of the statue of Stan Musial as part of a prayer ceremony.
Tributes are still pouring in for the Cardinal legend. The memorial around his statue at Busch Stadium has grown substantially since Musial died on Saturday. Cardinal Nation is coming out in force to remember the man many called a hero for what he did both on and off the field.
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