Cardinals Game 1 Info: Parking, Traffic and the Pep Rally
DOWNTOWN (KTVI) – The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates for Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series Thursday in Downtown St. Louis – right when the evening rush hour starts. That could present a problem for those heading out of Downtown for home and those headed into Downtown for the game.
How does a fan cope? First, remember that several road construction projects have been completed, like the Jefferson Avenue Bridge upgrades. Contractors are still working on the Newstead Avenue and Taylor Avenue bridges over Interstate 64/40 in the Central West End. But, an official with the Missouri Department of Transportation said there were no new lane restrictions planned for the next few days.
Jeff Church with the Illinois Department of Transportation said there will be no lane restrictions on any interstates westbound from St. Louis until 8 p.m. Thursday. He said there were no restrictions for eastbound traffic, at all.
Second, you have Metro Transit. Trains and buses run more frequently every afternoon around that time anyway. So, whether you plan to go to the game or go right home after work you may want to give Metro a shot today.
Third, there are the myriad bars and restaurants ready for an early happy hour. Brian McAfee is the general manager for the Over/Under Bar. He remembered firing up the big screens for several day games last postseason.
”You saw a lot of people taking off work early, possibly with their bosses, to watch the game, which turned out to be a good game,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll see the same thing where people high-tail it out at 4 o’clock and get over here to do happy hour and watch a great game, hopefully.”
So once you get Downtown, where so you park car? Of course, you want to make sure your vehicle is in the same place after the game.
First, keep your head on a swivel. Look for any signs warning that you may be in a tow zone. Look up. Look down. Look around corners. Not noticing the signs is not an excuse. A little vigilance can save a lot of money.
Second, take the no-parking signs seriously — especially the ones on the street. Those signs are up to help keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely. So, if you are parked at a tow-away zone, you can bet your car won’t be sitting there after the last out.
Finally, this last tip is for fans that already have a parking spot because they work Downtown: Don’t leave. McAfee said there is a much more desirable alternative to fighting baseball traffic.
“If you are at work, and you don’t have tickets to the game, you probably don’t want to fight traffic and miss a good portion of the game,” he said. “So why not stay Downtown, if that’s where you work and eat and drink with your co-workers and friends?”
You could also get Downtown extremely early and join FOX2 / News 11 for the Official Cardinals Pep Rally. We will be in the Ballpark Village parking lot at 8th and Clark Streets. The pep rally starts at 1 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m. Friday before Game 2 at noon.