Cardinal fans camping out in hope of scoring opening day tickets

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis Cardinals hope to get in both the opening ceremonies and the home opener Monday, but rain could be a problem.  The Cardinals say if they are able to get in the opening ceremonies but not the game, they will not repeat the opening ceremonies.

More than a dozen fans were camping out around Busch Stadium Sunday night.  The Cardinals sell discounted tickets before every home game.

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Jack Dittrich was one of those fans camping out.  He was not worried about the weather forecast.

“We’ll deal with it,” he said.

Patrick Newman said he started camping out Thursday night after severe thunderstorms cleared the area.  He was not worried about the possibility of rain Monday.

“We’ve been here this long, we’re not going anywhere,” Newman said.

Fans outside the ballpark Sunday said they were excited to see the National League Champions return to Busch Stadium.  Game time for Monday is scheduled for 3:15pm.

Gates to Busch are scheduled to open at 1:15pm Monday.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is reminding fans officers will be out in force.

Anyone seeing anything suspicious is asked to call 911.

Fans are also reminded about CityArchRiver construction.  Memorial will be closed between Walnut and Pine.

We found one fan who decided to skip any traffic worried by spending Sunday night at a downtown hotel.

“It’s just much easier to wake up in the morning and come right down,” said Thad Luebbers.

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