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   The official opening of the long-delayed Ballpark Village is being called a success.  Hundreds crowded into the entertainment complex next to Busch Stadium for the official ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.
   Governor Jay Nixon and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay were among the dignitaries who addressed the crowd inside the Fox Sports Midwest Live! central plaza.  After a private VIP party, the doors opened to the general public for a free concert by Third Eye Blind.  
   Earlier in the day, the Cardinal's had announced a controversial ban on team jerseys except on home game days had been lifted.  Cardinal's president Bill DeWitt III spoke with Fox 2 News about the controversy surrounding the dress code at some venues. "It's basically an example of how much people care about this thing," he said.  DeWitt says its good that people are worrying about what they're going to wear when the come to Ballpark Village. "So I look at it as a sign that people are highly interested."   
   The $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village is anchored by Cardinals Nation, Budweiser Brew House, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar, Howl at the Moon, and Drunken Fish. Ballpark Village features five live performance stages, the largest retractable roof of its kind, the biggest indoor TV screen in the Midwest and an outdoor festival space that recreates the infield of the previous Busch Stadium in its exact historical location. 
 
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Additional opening weekend events:
 
Friday, March 28th
11 AM Open for Lunch: Cardinals Nation, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, Budweiser Brew House & Drunken Fish 
5 – 7 PM Founders VIP Event honoring the Construction Workers 
 
Saturday, March 29th
6 – 8:30 PM Cardinals Nation Restaurant Grand Opening Ceremony & Private Party 
7 PM St. Louis Blues Hockey Watch Party in FOX Sports Midwest Live! 
8:30 – 10 PM Budweiser Brew House Grand Opening 
8:30 PM Fireworks Display over Busch Stadium 
 
Sunday, March 30th
11 AM – 5 PM Ballpark Village Family Fun Event 
9PM – 1AM Red Bull Hospitality Party 
 
Monday, March 31st
11 AM FOX Sports Midwest Live! Grand Opening 
3:10 PM Cardinals Season Opener Watch Party at FOX Sports Midwest Live! 
 
Thursday, April 3rd
6 PM Throwback Thursday Debut at FOX Sports Midwest Live! 
 
Friday, April 4th
5 – 7 PM Inaugural Fridays on Clark featuring Dr. Zhivegas 
9 PM PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar Grand Opening Party 
9 PM The Barn at PBR St. Louis Grand Opening Party 
 
Monday, April 7th  – Opening Day in St. Louis 
10 AM Cardinals Nation Museum & Hall of Fame Grand Opening 
Noon Opening Day Rally on Busch II Infield & Ballpark Village Lot 
 
 
Published in Local News

   It should be business as usual Friday at the Bank of America building in downtown St. Louis after an overnight hazmat scare.  

   St. Louis Police and Firefighters were called in about 12:30 a.m. after employees at the office tower found a white, powdery substance spilling out of a package.  

   Hazmat crews investigated and determined the substance wasn't dangerous.  There's no word what that white powder may have been.

Published in Local News
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:57

I-70 in downtown STL to close for weekend

   More work on the Park Over the Highway project will mean detours and delays for some drivers in downtown St. Louis this weekend.  

   Missouri transportation officials say Interstate 70 will be closed in the depressed section starting at 8:00 p.m. Friday.  All lanes will be blocked in both directions between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge.  It's scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.  

   Drivers will need to use I-64 or surface streets to get around the closure. 

Published in Around Town

All of the street, bridge and interstate improvements planned for downtown St. Louis are on track to be finished on time.  That was the message from Missouri and Illinois transportation engineers when they briefed the East-West Gateway Council of Governments Wednesday.  

   High water on the Mississippi River has caused some delays for crews building the new River Bridge, but project officials say the work continues and they still expect to finish by early next year.  

   Some of the other projects planned for downtown St. Louis over the next two years include the park that will cap the I-70 depressed lanes, new ramps connecting I-70 and I-55 to the Poplar Street Bridge and a year-long resurfacing project on the MLK bridge.

Published in Around Town

All of the street, bridge and interstate improvements planned for downtown St. Louis are on track to be finished on time.  That was the message from Missouri and Illinois transportation engineers when they briefed the East-West Gateway Council of Governments Wednesday.  

   High water on the Mississippi River has caused some delays for crews building the new River Bridge, but project officials say the work continues and they still expect to finish by early next year.  

   Some of the other projects planned for downtown St. Louis over the next two years include the park that will cap the I-70 depressed lanes, new ramps connecting I-70 and I-55 to the Poplar Street Bridge and a year-long resurfacing project on the MLK bridge.

Published in Local News
Friday, 19 April 2013 09:34

City closes flood gates downtown

The city of St. Louis is closing several flood gates to keep the Mississippi River out of the city after heavy rain swept through the region on Thursday.

The St. Louis City Streets Department began closing and raising the gates Friday morning as the river is expected to crest on Wednesday at 39.5 feet.

Officials closed four gates Friday and erected the gates at Poplar Street and Carr Street along Lenore K. Sullivan Boulevard.

City officials said crews would continue to shut gates throughout the weekend. They said the schedule could change depending on the latest forecasts and needs of businesses impacted by the rising river.

Published in Local News
One of the biggest hotels in downtown St. Louis is all but shutting down during the busy summer season. The Millennium hotel will close about 600 of their 870 guest rooms for remodeling.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the project had been scheduled to begin this fall, but was pushed up to spring instead. Hotel officials aren't saying why they changed the dates of the planned redo.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission told the paper they'll work with the hotel to relocate some meetings that had been scheduled for the Millennium.
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