ST. LOUIS — The third incarnation of Busch Stadium — home of the St. Louis Cardinals — may be the best yet.
It may not be the biggest of the two other stadiums by the same name, but III is the most picturesque.
Located in the footprint of the old Busch Memorial Stadium, it affords a view of downtown St. Louis as well as the iconic Gateway Arch.
Plus, III offers something that the other two didn’t: Ballpark Village, a dining and entertainment district adjacent to Busch Stadium.
The first main phase was completed in 2014 and includes the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.
The museum contains more than 15,000 artifacts and 80,000 photographs, second only to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Coopertown, New York, as the largest collection of baseball antiquities.
Phase Two, which will include housing, is expected to begin later this year.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military and $8 for children. Children 3 and under are admitted free.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. It remains open through the seventh inning on home game nights.
One popular event is Saturday Signings at the Museum.
Prior to each Saturday home game Cardinal alumni are available for autographs.
Those attending must have an autograph line ticket and a valid museum admission to receive an autograph.
Line tickets are distributed starting at 9:30 a.m. the day of each signing at the Busch Stadium II infield entrance to Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village.