photograph by Theresa Harter
No matter what your stance is on sports, in St. Louis, one cannot help but be a baseball fan. That is because the city is the home turf of the St. Louis Cardinals; a team with one of the most dedicated fanbases in all of professional sports. In 2014, Cardinals Nation (as those fans are better known) welcomed an exciting new addition to the former empty lot across the street from Busch Stadium. Ballpark Village opened officially on March 27, with a public unveiling of the completed first phase of projects in the multi-phase master plan. Nearly two weeks later, the site became host to a spectacular Home Opener event, which included the grand opening of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a huge pep rally, and much more. These events celebrate both opening day for the Cardinals’ 2014 season, and the successful creation of one of the country’s first, team-integrated, sports-themed, entertainment districts; with some exceptional luck (and kind help from Ballpark Village), Photo Flood Saint Louis was there to record the event and to cheer on the Birds.
photograph by Jeni Kulka