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Play Ball! New Busch Stadium debuts

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Fans file into the new Busch Stadium for the first time to watch a minor league game between the St. Louis Cardinals afflites, The Memphis Redbirds and the Springfield, MO Cardinals on Tuesday. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Baseball fans in St. Louis enjoyed their first game at the new Busch Stadium Tuesday night

The Springfield, Missouri Cardinals beat the Memphis Redbirds 5-3 in an exhibition game. The teams are both minor league clubs affiliated with the Cards.

John Wheeler of St. Louis was there; he likes the look of the new ballpark and finds it easy to get around.

"I like the new field," Wheeler said. "I was very partial to the old one, but it's very exciting. It feels like you're a lot closer to the field, too. There's a lot more open space to walk around in the whole stadium. It's nice."

The new Busch stadium cost about $365 million to build. It's the third park in St. Louis to take the beer maker's moniker.

"It looks like the upper seats are a little closer to the field," commented Mike Ireland of Quincy, Ill. "The scoreboard out there is awesome. I still miss the old Busch Stadium, though. Just the whole nostalgia. It was a ballpark. It was perfectly fine."

The first major league game there will be Monday afternoon, when the Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers in the Cards' home opener.

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