The End of BYOB at Busch Stadium?
|Approaching the stadium turnstiles, it's time to put 'em down.|
My girlfriend and I hopped on a bar shuttle from Soulard to the stadium. We bought two Schlafly Kölsch drafts in plastic cups from the bar, planning to drink them at our seats with the light dinner we packed. Alas, the plan didn't work out so well.
We brought beer in plastic cups into the stadium earlier this year for a game against the Mets and it was standard operating procedure all of last season to buy a refill from the shuttle driver on the ride down and take a full cup into the game. This time, however, as we approached the bag-check line at the right field entrance a young stadium employee wearing one of those radio earpieces politely informed us that alcohol can no longer be brought inside Busch.
"I guess they were selling beers at Paddy O's for $5," he explained. "A lot people were leaving the stadium to get them and coming back inside."
Another couple that hitched a ride in the same van as us said that gates along Clark Ave still allow beer in cups through the turnstiles. We asked and the stadium worker said and he didn't know anything about that. With the first pitch just minutes away, we finished off our drinks on the sidewalk and hustled to our seats.
A quick search on the Cardinals' website shows that the outside alcohol policy is clearly spelled out -- bring in almost all the outside food and drink you like but leave the booze at home: