ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Twenty-four hours before the St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled to start their 2014 season, Ballpark Village was crowded with families. The weather was perfect for a family fun event. Ballpark Village invited Stray Rescue to host an afternoon of fun for kids with proceeds benefiting Stray Rescue.
Families sat on the artificial grass and were entertained by a concert. It was the spot where Busch Stadium II once stood. The Magic House and Upper Limits helped provide activities. Proceeds will help pay for the medical expenses associated with caring for stray dogs. One volunteer estimated more than $2,000 was raised.
'The average dog costs about 100 dollars or so for micro-chipping and the initial shots they need,' said Kirk Schilling, Stray Rescue volunteer.
For many fans this was their first up-close look at Ballpark Village.
'It`s been fun to see people celebrating the Cardinals and the opening of Ballpark Village,' said Shelly Sawalich.
'It`s a beautiful new facility,' said Schilling. 'This is amazing.'
Sports bars and restaurants throughout the area will be ready to welcome another baseball season. The manager of Lester`s in Ladue plans on having plenty of beer and chicken wings ready to go for Monday.
'Having such a good team here helps business a lot,' said Lester`s manager Ray Rask.
He said fans stay longer to celebrate a victory. The Cardinals have given fans plenty of reasons to celebrate in recent years.