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Ballpark Village: Here's What Happens When You Violate Our Dress Code

Categories: Bidness, Sports

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Egan O'Keefe
Sorry, ma'am, no jerseys allowed in Ballpark Village unless it's a game day.
After all this talk about Ballpark Village's late-night dress code policy, we just have to ask:

Whether you're dressed like the Village People or just wearing a Wacha jersey on a non-game day, what happens to patrons at Ballpark Village who break the dress code?

See also: Ballpark Village's Late Night Dress Code Basically Bans All of St. Louis

The dress code itself, printed on the websites for eight of the village's bars and restaurants, says management can "deny entry or remove" anyone in violation.

But after Wednesday's outcry over the overly strict sartorial rules, Ballpark Village's developers, Cordish Cos., and the Cardinals released a joint statement to calm things down.

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Jon Gichoff
"Sorry, ladies, no sweat pants allowed at Ballpark Village. No jerseys, either, unless it's a game day."
"In the rare event that a guest is not permitted access due to a dress code violation, he or she will be offered a refund on Ballpark Village parking expenses (if any) and a free valet voucher for the Ballpark Village parking lot for a future visit," the statement reads.

See also: Schedule: Ballpark Village to Open With Third Eye Blind Concert, Six Days of Parties

Dress codes, as Ballpark Village's developers also point out, are hardly new to casinos, theme parks, live music venues, restaurants or bars.

"A customer code of conduct -- which includes a dress code -- is a recommended practice by police and alcohol boards across the country for entertainment areas and is currently implemented by similar businesses in St. Louis," the statement says.

A third-party, minority-owned firm will handle enforcing the dress code after 9 p.m. at FOX Sports Midwest Live!, PBR St. Louis and the Budweiser Brew House.

So if you get kicked out of a Ballpark Village club because of your (lack of) sleeves, bandanna or too-long T-shirt, at least you get a night of free parking out of it?

One bar, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, has changed its dress code to allow jerseys:


But if you really want to stick to the dress code, we suggest this strategy:


Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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78 comments
Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

Every bar/club has a dress code, I don't get why people are bitching about it so much. The only slight problem I have with it is the part about jerseys, but Fox sports started the trend that I'm sure other clubs will follow. Chris Richardson: WTF does this have to do with liberals?! Judgemental much?

Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson

Ugh, would you stupid liberal fucks stop bitching about the fucking dress code!! Shit, I actually enjoy going to a place where the hood-rat, drug-slinging garbage from north and east St. Louis aren't welcome and the white trash alcoholics can stay home as well. Stop! Find something else to bitch about!

Nicholas Kuda
Nicholas Kuda

I can understand some of the dress code but not the no jerseys or hats..... a little harsh for cardinal nation.... especially when the wait staff can wear them

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

I'm a jackass if I want to wear my Cards jersey on a non-game day? I wish I had known when I wore it for Valentines Day. I wasn't trying to be a jackass. I just wanted to wear something red that I loved. *shrug*

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

The problem is not that there /is/ a dress code. The problem is what is banned within that dress code. The jerseys thing has got to go. It's asinine.

John Hoffman
John Hoffman

The taxpayer bought most of it for all the millionaire owners we should set our own rules I don't go to the games because of the prices of everything so they can make another million they can keep it.go see the rascals in ofallon a lot better prices and the players are there for the game not a job making millions a year

Vicky Shinnick Daniels
Vicky Shinnick Daniels

I don't see it as a hit during the season either, especially when out of town teams are here with their fans.

Jamie Kluesner
Jamie Kluesner

It's the same for KCs district. Keeps it classy.

Kevin Charles
Kevin Charles

People do realize that there are versions of sports attire other than jerseys, right? You know, t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc...? This is a non-issue.

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

Funny how racism isnt acceptable but judging people by how they are dressed is our new modern form of coorperate hatred...Your not good enough to drink and pillage our women?

Cindy Aslin
Cindy Aslin

So you have to pay to park to drink beer? The waitress at one bars wears leather with their asses out, another bar they wear t shirts as waitress, well all im going to say is thank god for Patty-o coz they will have my business!! Now lets just see how long you guys stay open.

mortego3
mortego3

I personally was not impressed with Ballpark Village. After all the hype and talk it's just a lackluster miniature version of Kansas City's Power and Light District.

Mac314
Mac314

Well there's my rant for the day.

Mac314
Mac314

People are still crying about this? It's a freaking dress code, get over it. A lot of places around town have them and no one cries about em. Y'all act like you have to show up in suit. And not every bar has the same code! Just a few of em. It's really not unreasonable at all. Everyone just needs to start acting like adults. It's their establishment and they can do what they want. If you wanna go bad enough you'll follow the dress code. Don't like it? Don't go. The worst part is most of the people crying about this, probably follow the dress code daily without even thinking about it.

Tina Foster
Tina Foster

Just Seems they would want home town sports attire being wore fans showing their support it is "Ballpark village " not Ballpark country club

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Seems like a great idea, wear something on the prohibited list and get free downtown parking!


Discrimination! Men cannot wear sleeveless shirts, but women can. Men cannot wear shorts but women can? Would a kilted man be kicked out, too? If men cannot show their underwear, does that mean a woman's bra strap is also prohibited?


This should be really easy for a place built using taxpayer dollars and credits. If it is legal to wear in the rest of the city, it is legal to wear inside the village. Just waiting for the lawsuits to start pouring in on this one.

Tina Foster
Tina Foster

Funny they are having 1/2 dressed waitresses but want guest basically dressed for church attire ??

Kim Stiehr
Kim Stiehr

Jerseys ARE allowed ANYTIME in Fox Midwest Live! They made the announcement yesterday.

Tim Smole
Tim Smole

I went there last night. I wore a hat and a track jacket. And my pants weren't pulled up all the way. (All of this on purpose) nobody said a word to me. No one even batted an eye. And I seen a ton of people in jerseys. But the place is really cool. Or at least the main area. I didnt really bother with the other bars. They seemed pretty douchey. There were "bros" everywhere I turned. The bar tender at pbr was dumb as a box of rocks. She screwed my order up 3 times in a row. All in all I had a good time at a place I wouldn't normally go to.

Debbie Walker
Debbie Walker

Just because someone dresses nice it doesn't mean they're a nice person.

Angie Johnson Myers
Angie Johnson Myers

Dress code and waitress subjectifying has alienated half of their potential clientele. What demographic are they looking for here? Douche bags. It will be a ghost town in a few months.

Christopher Slater
Christopher Slater

BPV will be a "hit" during the baseball season - but once the off season arrives in November - the novelty will have worn off and getting people to dine/drink will be much less. The venue will want people wearing jerseys or whatever to show up and spend money.

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

You don't go to a church with sweatpants and a cut off shirt do you? Why would you want to be seen like that?

Keith Mccollum
Keith Mccollum

I think it's more of the principle of someone telling others how to dress

Keith Mccollum
Keith Mccollum

3rd eye blind??? Wow they pulled out all the stops on that one Lol!

Wumpenstein
Wumpenstein

all the crackheads should just show up, get denied entry, get the parking voucher and SELL that shit.  this is great news for the underground economy

Jolene Jarnagin
Jolene Jarnagin

You mean to tell me that if Shaq walks in wearing high dollar sweatpants, you're going to ask him to leave...? I doubt it... This whole concept is hilarious...!

Jason Benke
Jason Benke

I don't plan on ever paying a visit to ball park village if there going to b this way for god sakes it nit a country club it's a ball park I'm going to convience all my friends to boycot this dump

Christina Fox Dickherber
Christina Fox Dickherber

Is it just me or does anyone else think it's hilarious that the wait staff at PBR in Ballpark Village wears ass-less chaps but patrons can't wear long shirts?

Theirry Less
Theirry Less

I can understand the sweatpants and pants hanging ( or barely ) off your ass. But it's Ballpark Village- a literal tribute to sports in St. Louis. Why would you NOT wear your jersey to represent your fave team in your fave city at a place like BPV?? Might as well ask patrons and visitors to wear church clothes.

Pam Brown
Pam Brown

How about a dress code for the girls that are going to work in those bars?? Just saying...

Jaime Smithson-Raaj
Jaime Smithson-Raaj

What if you are from out-of-town wearing your Fav Team's Jersey? This place sounds as lame as when they got the Rams and try to enforce crap at the doom.

Olivia Braden
Olivia Braden

I don't see what the big deal is, the dress code is reasonable.

Daniel Puricelli
Daniel Puricelli

They tried this at Fairmont Park and the crickets were deafening.

Michael Toecker
Michael Toecker

Yeah, like this is never going to backfire and tick off tourists. You know, the people who frequent places like Ballpark Village.

Shannon Elizabeth Walker
Shannon Elizabeth Walker

I'm glad that wearing sweatpants will not be allowed. How hard is it really to wear "real pants" out in public anyway?!?!?

alglatz
alglatz

What about people who get there at 6 - do they get kicked out at 9? 

stlfriend
stlfriend

You mean ballpark village or Patty-O's?

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

unless you cut the sleeves off... unless you are a women.


The policy is not just about jerseys. One minor concession does not end the total discrimination the policy is all about to others.

thechiz
thechiz

Fairmont Park wasn't exactly convenient to get to for most people.

If you support the hoosierfication of St. Louis, fine. But understand that not every place needs to be a stereotypical hoosier magnet sports bar clogged up with cheapscrews who don't spend any money in the bar/restaurant because they blew it all on officially licensed merchandise.

thechiz
thechiz

That logic is stupid.

thechiz
thechiz

Judging from the uproar, apparently a lot of people have an issue with real pants, shirts w/ sleeves, etc. This city is embarrassing itself.

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