Red October means more green for downtown business owners
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – “One” is the magic number for the Cardinals to clinch the Central Division. Regardless, the Redbirds are assured a spot in the playoffs, and downtown St. Louis is gearing up for Red October.
After Wednesday afternoon’s game, excitement was running high among a group of lifelong friends and Redbird fans, hanging out high above the ballpark at 360. Marlene Kostelac says, “We have season ticketsand we are going to go to every game. We are so excited.” Debi Edwards adds, “And then to extend it into postseason into October, what more could you ask for?”
Meanwhile, the Williams family only gets to one game each season, and when it’s nearing playoffs time they can tell the difference. David Williams says, “It was really nice to be able to come this late in the season, they already know they’re going to the playoffs, so it’s really exciting.”
Other fans snapped photos near the picturesque Kiener Plaza fountain, dyed bright red for the occasion.
The excitement is also carrying over to downtown businesses that cater to these fans during the playoffs. Ballpark Hilton Outlets Manager Andrew Tate says, “In 2011, I mean the place was jumping. It was out of control, it was crazy, a whole lot of fun, so we’re hoping to do that again this year. The Cardinals are looking really goodand we’re really excited about it.”
All that Redbird adrenaline will only continue to rise, with the National League wild card game on Tuesday, and the first NLDS game next Thursday.