During the late 1950s August A. Busch Jr. decided that if the St. Louis Cardinals were going to prosper and attract the fans necessary to support a Major League franchise, it would have to move out of the Grand Avenue Busch Stadium and into a new ballpark.
A new stadium in downtown St. Louis provided a much needed redevelopment of the downtown area and in 1964, ground was broken. On May 12, 1966, Busch Stadium officially opened as the new home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the home plate from Busch Stadium (Grand Avenue location) was used & brought over for the first game ceremony. In a 12-inning inaugural, the Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves, 4-3.
Busch Stadium is basically a two-deck all-concrete facility with approximately half its seats in each deck. The seats completely surround the playing field without posts or columns to obstruct fans' views. The nearly circular structure has an outside diameter of more than eight-hundred feet, covers more than twelve acres and is one-hundred thirty feet tall, measured from the playing field to the top of the stadium.