Good parking in downtown St. Louis is highly sought after, especially when the Cardinals are playing at Busch Stadium. And while this beautiful retro-inspired stadium has its own parking facilities, they often fill up, leaving game-goers to fend for themselves. But those who scope the scene beforehand (and allow ample to get to the game), can make parking less stressful. Plus, strategically parking your car in a prime downtown location—or leaving it at home altogether—will make the game-day afterparty that much sweeter.
The S&H Parking Lot at Broadway and Spruce is the closest (and usually the most expensive) public parking lot near Busch Stadium, as it sits directly across the street. For a cheaper option, try S&H's other two lots, one at 400 Poplar and the other at 400 Poplar East and 4th Street. They are both about a three to four block walk, but it's worth the exercise for a lower price. Opening day and big games warrant a hike in fares for all three lots. But, season's ticket holders can avoid this by purchasing a Cardinal's season parking pass and paying all at once.
Busch Stadium's Stadium East and Stadium West parking garages offer covered parking two blocks from the venue. The Stadium East garage is located at 200 South Broadway and the Stadium West Garage is located at 100 South 9th Street. Garage fares are similar to those of the private lots, but can also spike for popular games. Reserve your parking space ahead of time to avoid the hassle of a game day sellout.
St. Louis Parking Company operates several parking lots near Busch Stadium including the Ballpark Village lot. Parking at Ballpark Village gives you quick access to a collection of restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat before or after the game. You can also pop into Majestic Athletic for a Cardinal's t-shirt or souvenirs and avoid the lines at the ballpark.
A few businesses, like Still630 restaurant at 1000 South 4th Street, open their parking lots to baseball fans on game days. Within a four to seven block range of the stadium, you can find inexpensive parking offered by a variety of local businesses. After the game, hit up the bars and restaurants, as a "thank you" for the service and to celebrate a big win.
There are two parking garages near Kiener Plaza just a few blocks from Busch Stadium. The Kiener Plaza West Garage is located at 604 Pine Street and the Kiener Plaza East Garage is at 500 Pine Street. Both offer self-parking and charge an hourly rate. Get there early, as they're bound to fill up.
CitiPark has several surface lots on 3rd and 4th Street at Laclede's Landing and the St. Louis Riverfront. This affordable game-day parking requires walking a few extra blocks. But since these parking lots also provide access to the Gateway Arch (and other downtown sites), you can take a tram to the top, upon your return, and revel in the city's skyline.
Avoid downtown parking altogether by taking the train to Busch Stadium. MetroLink allows you to plan your route and purchase tickets ahead of time and there's a stop right at the venue. This is a great option for those who want to enjoy a few beers at the game, but don't have a designated driver.