October 12, 2015

Cardinals Fun Facts - Busch Stadium Operations

  • The Cardinals moved into the new $411 million privately-financed Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis on April 10, 2006 (beating the Brewers 6-4). The team covered nearly 90 percent of the cost of the project, including infrastructure.
  • The Cardinals hosted the 2009 All-Star Game. The weeks’ worth of activities and events set attendance records and bolstered St. Louis’ reputation as America’s best baseball city.
  • There are approximately 3,000 day-of-game employees at Busch Stadium.
  • During a typical season the Cardinals go through:
  • o 7,315,200 ft. of paper towels
  • o 15,373,800 ft. of toilet paper
  • In 2012, the Cardinals were recognized by the White House and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for their sustainability leadership in sports. In 2012, the team installed 110 solar panels generating nearly 30,000 kWh of electricity (enough power to meet the needs of three average American homes) and eliminating an estimated 20 tons of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere.
  • Since the launch of 4 A Greener Game in 2008, the Cardinals have diverted nearly 4,000 tons of solid waste from local landfills, and Busch Stadium continues to become more energy efficient through participation in Ameren Missouri’s Business Energy Efficiency Program.o The team has reduced energy use by 20% and water use by 10% since the new stadium opened in 2006.
    o 35% of the team’s waste was diverted from landfills in 2014.
    o On average, five tons of trash are recycled at Busch Stadium each game.
    o 550 recycling bins are located throughout Busch Stadium.
  • The Knight FM Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium. Volunteers are asked to arrive an hour prior to game time for a brief training session. Recycling collection begins in the 2nd inning, continues throughout the game and ends 15 minutes following the conclusion of the game. Over 1,800 volunteers helped the Cardinals promote a Greener Game during the 2015 regular season.
  • During the 2014 season, 2,600 items were left behind and placed in the Busch Stadium Lost and Found. 370 items were returned to the original owners. Items that were not returned were donated to Goodwill, among other local charities.
  • In 2014, the Cardinals' concessionaire Delaware North Sportservice donated more than 15,000 pounds of unused food to Operation Food Search.
  • In 2015, a projected 55,000+ pounds of used fryer oil was recycled into farm feed.