Event-filled weekend draws out-of-towners to downtown St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - It’s a busy weekend in downtown St. Louis.

Fans are making their way to Scottrade to see U2. It’s bringing in a lot of out of towners, some from as far away as Milan, Italy. Bono isn’t the only big event in St. Louis this weekend; there’s baseball at Busch Stadium.

“It’s a good rivalry great times between Chicago and St. Louis,” says one fan.

It’s bringing Cardinals and Cubs fans together for a little friendly competition. One hour after the baseball game started U2 took the stage at the Scottrade Center. Between the two events, there were about 70,000 people downtown Friday night. But some were worried the crowds would be scared away after a fatal shooting at Ballpark Village last weekend.

“It’s a safe place to come there’s always plenty of security around it’s just a family-oriented place and I always feel safe,” says one woman.

While a busy weekend for the city is good for restaurants, bars, and hotels, you can see the impact on the roads and especially the parking.

“Pretty early in the morning for traffic so I was a little surprised,” says one traveler.

Another says, “They’re Cub fans all over the town, we had a hard time getting a hotel because of the Cub fans. There was only one hotel available, the rest were all full.”

“It’s always good when people come to town and spend the money to support their teams and the city,” says one fan.

Bar owners hope the strong weekend continues Saturday with another baseball game, Cinco De Mayo festivities, and the Kentucky Derby.