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  • Busch Stadium [II] / Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium

    Here are a selection of photos I took of the demolition of Busch Stadium II. One of my favorites is the first one. Most times I went down to take photos it was a nice, clear blue sky. It was very sad going down there to take pictures. They demolished it pretty fast considering they wrecked it the conventional way instead of implosion.
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  • #2
    Here are a few more. The first is of me on November 24th, 2005. The last two are December 7th, the night the final section came down. I didn't stay to see the last part fall. There was quite a crowd there that night.
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    • #3
      Another cookie cutter stadium bites the dust.
      LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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      • #4
        Busch Stadium II sign

        Would anyone have pictures from the second St. Louis Busch Stadium of the neon "Cardinal," which stood atop a neon baseball, which contained a digital clock? The bird "flew" after appropriate actions by the home team. It even finished by tipping his cap!

        I know it disappeared in favor of a "Diamondvision" in the early '80's. (quite possibly the first "Diamondvision")

        Thanks, TL

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        • #5
          I'll see your sign and raise you-----

          Although it was the best stadium the cardinals ever played in, the sign you referred to was nothing compared to the scoreboard at the first busch stadium [nee' Sportsmans' Park]. The redbird holding a bat was giant, in neon, and hit a large neon baseball across the top of the scoreboard whenever a cardinal hit a HR. then, the eagle in the large anheuser busch sign atop the scoreboard flapped its wings in a shower of small multi-colored light bulbs. It was better than Bill Veeck's exploding scoreboard later installed in comiskey, and was the first [and still the best] scoreboard in mlb to do something other than just tell the score and the count [both of which it did very well, and showed the score and pitchers for all sixteen teams, inning-by-inning].

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          • #6
            Originally posted by savior View Post
            Although it was the best stadium the cardinals ever played in, the sign you referred to was nothing compared to the scoreboard at the first busch stadium [nee' Sportsmans' Park]. The redbird holding a bat was giant, in neon, and hit a large neon baseball across the top of the scoreboard whenever a cardinal hit a HR. then, the eagle in the large anheuser busch sign atop the scoreboard flapped its wings in a shower of small multi-colored light bulbs. It was better than Bill Veeck's exploding scoreboard later installed in comiskey, and was the first [and still the best] scoreboard in mlb to do something other than just tell the score and the count [both of which it did very well, and showed the score and pitchers for all sixteen teams, inning-by-inning].
            It just so happens that I have a great picture of that.
            Sorry it's not color...BUT, you can see all the lighting fixtures/tubes etc.
            Cheers!
            ~B
            Say hello on Twitter @BSmile & Facebook "Baseball by BSmile"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BSmile View Post
              It just so happens that I have a great picture of that.
              Sorry it's not color...BUT, you can see all the lighting fixtures/tubes etc.
              Cheers!
              ~B
              I wonder if this is the same one?

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              • #8
                a jersey landmark...
                the turd in the punchbowl
                reality really sucks.
                enjoy the game more...

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                • #9
                  Busch Stadium (1966) certainly not getting much love on this board, even though it may have been the best of the cookie cutters (especially in it's later years. Other than the demo pics above, there are no other pics of the stadium in it's own "official" thread. Well here's a couple more....

                  1963 model


                  1964 construction site



                  Next three from 1965 construction






                  From the Sporting News...a 1966 aerial with the new park highlighted via some pre-photoshop techniquesENLARGE



                  1967 ENLARGE


                  1968 Musial Statue dedication ENLARGE


                  1980's ENLARGE


                  Rain delay 2002 (by kyrobkin/flickr) ENLARGE

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                  • #10
                    That "sporting news highlighted" stadium is Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. Guess they all did look alike.
                    "Shake it off. That's part of the game, you know. Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and a shot in the mask." - Bob Uecker.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks.....I should have looked closer. A quick search led to my excuse. Though still not a good one :cap:

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                      • #12
                        I just noticed that I never posted my cad drawing of Busch II in this thread.
                        So I finally updated my drawing to show the final configuration before the
                        Cardinals left for Busch III.

                        Pre renovation……


                        After the renovations that added the grass field, reconfigured lower deck, relocated
                        bullpens and closed off upper deck…..


                        And with the full roof…..
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                        • #13
                          1967.


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                          • #14
                            June 1965


                            Largest size

                            July 1965


                            Largest size

                            December 1965


                            Largest size

                            Arch recently "topped out", at bottom

                            Largest size


                            Largest size

                            Arch at right

                            Largest size

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                            • #15
                              Great photos alpine. I really like the July 1965 pic.
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