***PUBLIC VOTE WINNER***
700 Clark St., St. Louis, MO, 63102 / Cake artist: Katherine Nelson
Busch Stadium is the home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. It can also be referred as Busch Stadium III, and/or the ‘new’ Busch Stadium, as it opened at the beginning of the 2006 baseball season. Named for the team’s previous owner, August A. Busch and his company, Anheuser-Busch, this lies nearly in the same place as the old stadium. Busch Memorial Stadium existed from 1966 to 2005, as the ‘Memorial’ was removed in 1981. Since the new ballpark’s opening, it has hosted one All-Star Game (2009) and three World Series (two of them won there). In fact, Busch Stadium was the first ballpark in 100 years to have its team win the World Championship the same year it opened.
The new stadium currently seats close to 44,000, but not including luxury suites and rooms. It has seen a great share of sell-out and standing-room only events. The highest attendance for any event at Busch Stadium took place on May 28, 2013, when over 48,000 people watched the Chelsea Football Club play against the Manchester City Football Club. Besides sports, the stadium hosts weddings, concerts, and other various events. U2 performed there as part of their 360 tour, as well as the Eagles and the Dave Matthews Band. Ballpark Village, the sports-themed entertainment complex, opened across Clark St. in early 2014.
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Where is the cake now?: The cake was removed in late August 2014. Its whereabouts are unknown. (Sep 2017)
Katherine Nelson, the cake’s artist, on painting the cake: “The Cardinals selected their cake from the array of available designs. I was notified of their cake selection via a text message by a STL250 project coordinator. Cardinals team president asked if I was willing to put their team logo and the “Birds on the Bat” logo on the Cardinal Cake and I was delighted to customize the red bird cake to fit their request. I met their stadium manager and a STL250 coordinator on the day the cake was delivered to Busch Stadium.”