ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Thousands of Cardinals fans filled Busch Stadium and Downtown St. Louis for the team's home opener Monday.
"There is nothing better than Cardinals baseball," Lauren Summers said. "I come from Illinois for this game every single year."
The nice weather also helped fans enjoy the atmosphere.
"It just feels great out here, and we can walk everywhere we need to go," Summers said. "This is perfect weather for baseball."
Almost every fan was dressed in red. Cardinals hats, jerseys, bags and socks were a common sight.
"We love our Cardinals and look good in red," Summers said.
The home opener has been a big draw for St. Louisians for years.
"It is like a holiday here in St. Louis," Tim Spaid said. "I would have paid just about anything to be here for this game."
Despite the loss, Spaid said it was a great game.
"There was a tribute for Stan Musial before the game that was really awesome to see," he said. "It was well worth it."
Before the game, four-year-old Hope Seymour, got to help bring the game ball to Busch stadium.
She is a patient at Cardinal Glennon and is battling congenital heart disease.
"This was an awesome experience for our family," Hope's mother Brooke Seymour said. "She got to bring the ball to Ozzie Smith, who brought
it to the game."
It was part of the "Homer's For Health" program.
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