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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
Phase 1 of Ballpark Village is finally set to open its doors March 27.  
 
The entertainment complex across the street from Busch Stadium was originally supposed to open in 2009 when the Cardinals hosted the All-Star Game.  Several issues, including lease agreements, delayed construction.  
 
The Grand Opening ceremony will include a free concert from Third Eye Blind.  Other events are also planned leading up to the Cardinal's home opener April 7th.  
 
Ballpark Village Grand Opening Events Schedule
 
Thursday, March 27th
5 PM – Opening Ceremony
6 PM – Private VIP Party
9 PM – FREE Concert by National Recording Artist Third Eye Blind on the FOX Sports Midwest Live! Stage
 
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 Around Town
The final job fair to fill open positions for Ballpark Village is being held in downtown St. Louis today.  The fair is underway and will continue until 4 o'clock this afternoon at the SLATE Missouri Career Center located at 1520 Market St..  
There is also be a security recruitment event at SLATE today and Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Those attending must have a valid security license.
Applicants won’t be hired at these meetings, but those who stand out will be called back for interviews.
Participants will be able to submit their resumes, as well as meet employers. Applicants should bring updated resumes and dress in business attire.
Applicants must pre-register for one of the Sessions through SLATE’s Skills team.  For more information call 314-657-3519.
Published in Local News
Today was the first chance for job seekers to apply for jobs at the new Ballpark Village development.
 
Applicants were invited to the SLATE Missouri Career Center, which is located at 1520 Market Street, to hear about the upcoming opportunities. This was the first of four open-call sessions, with the other scheduled for February 4 and 18, and March 4. The sessions run from 10AM - 5PM at the SLATE Missouri Career Center, which is located at 1520 Market Street, 1st floor conference room. No one will be hired at the sessions, but managers will decide who to invite back for an interview.
 
Pre-registration is required prior to the event. For more information call the Ballpark Village hotline at 314-657-3513. There are more of these open house session planned--with two in February and two more in March. 
 
Published in Local News
Thursday, 14 November 2013 08:35

Ted Drewes opening at Ballpark Village

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the final tenants of Ballpark Village. They include Drunken Fish, Howl at the Moon, and iconic St. Louis business Ted Drewes. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the first phase of Ballpark Village is now completely leased. Drunken Fish is a sushi restaurant and lounge with multiple locations in St. Louis including across the hall from KTRS at Westport. Howl at the Moon is a dueling piano bar with 16 location in the United States. And of course Ted Drewes will serve their famous frozen custard. The first phase of Ballpark Village is expected to open in April. 

Published in Local News

The 2013 season at Busch is now over, the focus now turns outside the stadium.

Ballpark Village is set to open next year and hiring is set to begin in the coming months. Employers say they will have information sessions and job fairs upcoming. Until then, candidates may want to contact the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment. SLATE advisors are offering to help anyone hoping to work at Ballpark Village.  Services include free resume-writing workshops, job training and interview tips.

SLATE staff should start referring candidates for open positions in January. But first, you must pre-register at a SLATE office.

Published in Local News
Thursday, 03 October 2013 03:09

Cardinals NLDS Game 1 pep rally

   With their first Central Division title since 2009, and the best record in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have home field advantage when the National League Division Series starts Thursday.  The Cardinals will take on familiar rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium.  

   Fans are expected to flock to downtown St. Louis for a pregame pep rally on the Ballpark Village parking lot.  That gets underway at 1:00 p.m.  The rally will feature appearances by former Cardinal pitcher Andy Benes, Fredbird, the Budweiser Clydesdales and the 2011 World Series Trophy.  

   The Busch Stadium gates open at 2:00 p.m. And the game gets underway about 4:00. 

   This is the team's tenth appearance in the postseason since 2000.

 
Published in Around Town
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 07:03

Ballpark Village is hiring

   Ballpark Village may still be under construction, but officials say they're already hiring.  

   Ballpark Village Chief Operating Officer Jim Watry told Fox 2 News that more than 1,000 positions will have to be filled before the entertainment venue opens next spring.  

   Watry says he's already looking for candidates to fill director positions. "Sales, marketing, director of operations, we have a facilities director, people who run the overall district," he said.  "And then by the first of the year, the tenants will be hiring all their people, the front line people, facilities people."

   Watry says anyone interested in the current openings can send a message through the Ballpark Village Facebook page or by emailing him directly at Jim@stlballparkvillage.com.  

 

Published in Around Town
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 04:43

Ballpark Village is hiring

   Ballpark Village may still be under construction, but officials say they're already hiring.  

   Ballpark Village Chief Operating Officer Jim Watry told Fox 2 News that more than 1,000 positions will have to be filled before the entertainment venue opens next spring.  

   Watry says he's already looking for candidates to fill director positions. "Sales, marketing, director of operations, we have a facilities director, people who run the overall district," he said.  "And then by the first of the year, the tenants will be hiring all their people, the front line people, facilities people."

   Watry says anyone interested in the current openings can send a message through the Ballpark Village Facebook page or by emailing him directly at Jim@stlballparkvillage.com.  

 

Published in Local News
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:19

Two iconic buildings bulldozed

What goes up forces another building to come down--one in Dogtown the other downtown.

The Bowling Hall Of Fame is coming down to make room for the first phase of construction for Ballpark Village outside Busch Stadium.

The old KTVI (Channel 2) building at Hampton and Berthold avenues in southwest St. Louis is being bulldozed to make way for a Mercedes Benz dealership. Tri-Star Imports, now in Ellisville, plans to open a car lot there later this year.

The Berthold building survived a tornado in 1959 which took out the station's tower and caused damaged to the building.

The station moved to Maryland Heights in 2008. 

 
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