Ballparks: 1880 - Present

Sportsman's Park

Years: 1880-1891

In 1880, Chris Von der Ahe acquired the lease to Grand Avenue Park, expanding the grandstand to 10,000 seats and renaming the field Sportsman’s Park. The grand opening took place on May 29, 1881 with the St. Louis Brown Stockings playing an exhibition game against the Cincinnati Red Stockings. In 1882 the team played for the first time as a professional club, marking the beginning of the professional franchise that would eventually join the National League in 1892 and be renamed the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900.

Union Park

Years: 1892-1897

The Browns, who won't be known as the Cardinals until 1900, make their National League debut on Apr. 12 with a 14-10 loss at home to the Chicago Colts, later to be renamed the Cubs. On Apr. 17, the Browns fall to the Reds, 5-1, in the first National League game played on a Sunday.

League Park

Years: 1898

Robison Field

Years: 1899-1920

Capacity: 14,500 (1893); 15,200 (1899); 21,000 (1909)

St. Louis opens play in its new park located at Natural Bridge and Vandeventer and open the season with a 10-1 victory over Cleveland.

Sportsman's Park
Busch Stadium (Grand Avenue)

Years: 1953-1965

After Anheuser-Busch, Inc. bought, the Cardinals in 1953, Sportsman's Park was renamed Busch Stadium. The Cardinals closed the stadium on May 8, 1966 with a 10-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Busch Stadium II
Busch Stadium III