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Cardinals announce improvements to Ballpark Village site
03/18/2009 11:56 AM ET
The St. Louis Cardinals today announced that groundbreaking will begin soon on a softball field and expansion of a paved parking lot on the future site of Ballpark Village in advance of this summer's Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in July.

The softball field and parking lot are temporary but fan-friendly enhancements to the property as the process for approval and financing for construction of Phase 1 of Ballpark Village continues. Both the softball field and parking lot will be available during at least the first half of the regular 2009 season, and through the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14. Once the bonds for the larger Ballpark Village project are sold, the softball field and parking lot will be taken over by the construction of the larger project.

"The softball field and parking lot are temporary but welcomed improvements designed to provide additional amenities to our fans as we wait for final approvals on the larger Ballpark Village plan," said Bill DeWitt, president of the St. Louis Cardinals. "The softball field will be a great draw for groups and charities and the new paved area will accommodate the All-Star Gala tent and Sponsorship Village during All-Star week.

"A food and beverage area designed by SportService will also serve the entire area with a 'taste of the ballpark.' These amenities will showcase downtown St. Louis in the best possible light and create anticipation for the exciting future plans for Ballpark Village."

The regulation-size softball field will be on the west side of the site - on roughly the same location as the old Busch Stadium playing field. It will be available for groups to rent for special events on both game-days and non-game days. Completion of the softball field and parking lot expansion is expected by Opening Day or shortly thereafter.

For information on how to rent the field, please call the Cardinals Special Events department at 314-345-9357.

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