ST. LOUIS — We still have about four months until the first pitch is thrown again at Busch Stadium, but today the conversation could be about a different kind of pitch: a soccer pitch.
While we don’t know much about what the Cardinals and U.S. Soccer plan to announce at Ballpark Village this afternoon at 2 p.m., we do know Bill DeWitt and Dan Flynn of the U.S. Soccer Association will be joined by representatives from #MLS4TheLou, Mayor Lyda Krewson, and St. Louis native/World Cup Champion Lori Chalupny. Fans, explicitly soccer fans, are welcome at the announcement.
So it’s fair to expect another soccer game will be played at Busch Stadium.
Following the success of the other matches at Busch—tens of thousands of fans filling the red seats starting with Chelsea FC v. Manchester United in 2013—it wouldn’t be an unusual setting. But when you couple that with the city’s enthusiastic efforts to be seen as a “soccer town” to get the MLS’s attention, it makes sense. Perhaps a stop for the U.S. Women’s team on their way to the World Cup in France next summer?
We’ll bring you an update after the announcement at Ballpark Village this afternoon.