St. Louis Cardinals RV Camping Guide

St. Louis Cardinals RV Camping Guide

If you like baseball, pack the family into the RV and head to St. Louis, Missouri and Busch Stadium. The St. Louis Cardinals are a world champion team that are fun to watch.

Event information

The St. Louis Cardinals baseball team has been around since 1882 and has always been in St. Louis, Missouri. The team started out as the St. Louis Brown Stockings, however, and were part of the American Association before switching to the National League. In 1900, they became known as the St. Louis Cardinals and have been ever since.

The Cardinals have had some famous players in the past such as Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Stan (the Man) Musial, Dizzy Dean, and more recently, Ozzie Smith, Mark McGwire, and Albert Pujols. No matter who is playing, St. Louis baseball fans are known for their love of the sport, the players, and mascot Fredbird.

Their home stadium, Busch Stadium, in St. Louis, Missouri is a sight to behold with a background of the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River. Even though they only play about six months of the year, the stadium will always be known as the Cardinals home. However, there are other venues that have made news here such as concerts by the Eagles, Paul McCartney, Kenny Chesney, and Ed Sheeran. They have also hosted the St. Louis Blues, college football, and soccer. The stadium is just a fantastic place to spend a day enjoying whatever it is you enjoy.

For baseball games, you can count on the best seating no matter where you are, and the park has a capacity of over 44,490 seats including luxury and club seats. Across the street, they built Ballpark Village, which is also part of the stadium and has a 20,000 square foot beer garden, bar, and a 30,000 square foot building with the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum.

Baseball fans will discover restaurants, several patios, and huge flatscreen televisions for watching the game. Inside the stadium, you can also find tons of food and drink stations, memorabilia, and you can even meet Fredbird the mascot. Although Busch Stadium does not have provisions for camping in your RV, there are plenty of RV campgrounds nearby in St. Louis.

Tickets

Ticket prices for a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game at Busch Stadium vary quite a bit depending on what you want. For a general seating ticket for just one game, you might expect to pay between $15 and $100. If you want premium tickets or a ticket package, fans may spend between $80 and $700 during the regular season. Of course, for the playoffs, you will pay quite a bit more. You can buy tickets online or at the stadium, but for the best deals, check out the online site.

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Transportation

Driving

Busch Stadium is in the City of St. Louis right on US-40 just off I-64 and barely west of I-44. Being in the heart of the city, the traffic here can be outrageous during rush hour and when there is a big event such as a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. It is best to arrive early to avoid some of that traffic on game day. Near the Missouri state border with Illinois, the stadium rests near the Mississippi River as well.

Parking areas

Parking is abundant everywhere in the City of St. Louis, and when there is a game, you will find more than 50 different parking lots around the area. Prices can range from $10 to $50, depending on the place. Sometimes you can get a good spot nearby, but most often you are going to have to walk aways so bring those comfy walking shoes.

The parking lots that specifically accommodate RVs and other recreational vehicles include the large lot across from the stadium under the I-64 and US-40 overpass. Also, the Casino Queen parking lot in Illinois has plenty of spots for RVers and has a MetroLink station there where you can catch a ride to the stadium.

Public Transportation

St. Louis is known for its awesome MetroLink transportation. There are 21 different park and ride lots along the MetroLink throughout the St. Louis area. Park your car and catch the link at any of these for free, and the link will get you right to the stadium. MetroLink lots are accessible to RVs, but you may want to contact them for details if you plan to travel in a larger rig.

The bi-state bus is available in the St. Louis area for just a dollar or two one way. Fans may find a Busch Stadium or Cardinals sponsored shuttle, such as the Redbird Express, which will pick you up in many spots in Missouri and Illinois.

Where to stay

Onsite

Unfortunately, you will not be able to find a campground on the grounds of Busch Stadium, and it does not matter whether you have a tiny camper or a huge motorhome. However, there are quite a few RV campgrounds near Busch Stadium that offers special transportation to and from the St. Louis Cardinals game.

Nearby

Fans will have RV campgrounds to choose from in the area around Busch Stadium when visiting for a St. Louis Cardinals Game. Most are equipped to handle rigs up to 70 feet long and have full hookups, although there are a couple that are primitive dry sites. One of the best in the area is the St. Louis NE /I-270 / Granite City KOA, which is just 13 miles to the northeast of the stadium. They have over 100 sites with 50-amp electric hookups, cable TV, a pool, and a dog park.

Getting around

Unfortunately, even though Busch Stadium is huge, they do not have trams or other personal transportation. Fans are also not allowed to have bikes, skateboards, and other types of personal transportation inside the stadium. You will do some walking so make sure your shoes are comfortable. However, if you need ADA assistance, just ask the nearest employee for a wheelchair escort.

What to pack

Clothing

What kind of clothing you pack for your St. Louis Cardinals game depends on what time of year you are going. At the beginning of the season it is typically cool in the evenings, so pack some long-sleeved shirts, jeans, and maybe even a hoodie. Further into the season, it can be in the 90s or 100s so you will need to pack some cool summer clothing.

Gear

In recent years, Busch Stadium has permitted fans to bring in a small bag up to 16 inches, but backpacks have been prohibited. Sticking to the idea that less is best is the right idea. While it is okay to bring in your own food and drinks, you cannot bring in coolers, thermoses, cans, bottles, or alcohol. Water, juice, and soft drinks are allowed but must be in factory sealed plastic containers.

Health & Safety

Since most of the St. Louis Cardinals games at Busch Stadium are in the late spring and summer months, always bring sunglasses and a hat as well as sunscreen with a hefty SPF. It is also a good idea to bring or wear insect repellent, especially if you are going to be out after dark. Midwest mosquitoes are hungry critters.

Where to eat

Cooking

Cooking at your campsite depends on what type of amenities that they have where you are staying. Many of the local campgrounds offer full hookups, so you will be able to cook inside your RV. However, you can also choose to cook outdoors on the campfire ring, or you can bring your own BBQ pit to use. Many of the RV parks in the area have picnic tables, so you can all sit together as a family. If you have any cooking items you forgot to bring, there are plenty of stores within a five-mile radius of the stadium in St. Louis.

Restaurants

Although there is a plethora of different food vendors at the ballpark, you may want something different while you are in town for the game. Right across the street, Ballpark Village has a Japanese restaurant as well as a few other food vendors. And within 10 miles, you can find burgers, Italian, Mexican, and BBQ restaurants as well as fast food joints.

Vendors

The amount and variety of food at Busch Stadium during St. Louis Cardinals games is unreal. In fact, there are so many choices fans will find a multi-page list of meal options. Some of the favorites include nachos, hot dogs, burgers, corn dogs, ice cream, and brats. And there are several dozen beer vendors. Some of the time, you don’t even have to get up since the food vendors will bring items to you. Visit the Cardinals store or any one of over 50 merchandise vendors throughout the stadium for souvenirs and other swag.

Safety

Security

Cardinals fans can choose from over a dozen gates to go through at the stadium, and each of them has metal detectors as well as security personnel. Your belongings will be searched, and tickets will be checked. You can also find security personnel throughout the park, including St. Louis City Police Officers. If you need help at any time, there is a texting service, or you can just call 911.

Weather

Missouri is famous for its up and down weather. In March, fans might expect temperatures from the 50s to the 80s. Anytime from May through September, the typical temperatures run from the 70s to 90s during the day and 60s to 70s at night. There is always the possibility of thunderstorms in St. Louis at any time, and severe weather has been known to be prominent in the summer. Be sure to keep your eye on the sky.

Medical

St. Louis Cardinals Stadium provides first aid stations in several areas, including Level 1 by Section 147 and on Level 4 by Section 351. However, these stations are not able to provide medication but can get medical help for you if needed. If you need additional medical assistance, there are more than a half-dozen medical and urgent care centers within five miles.