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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00 pm | Updated: 1:14 pm, Thu May 1, 2014.

The long wait is over and Ballpark Village—a dream concocted by the Cardinals and Bill DeWitt during the construction of the new Busch Stadium—finally is reality. We toured the facility with Chase Martin, development director for The Cordish Companies (which developed it in partnership with the Cardinals) to give you the inside scoop on its can’t-miss features. And this is just the first phase of development—stay tuned for office, hotel and residential plans to expand the project in upcoming years.

FOX Sports Midwest Live!

Termed the ‘living room’ of the house that is Ballpark Village, FOX Sports Midwest Live! opens to a two-story atrium where guests can sit and drink, dine or enjoy live entertainment on the stage.

Don’t Miss:

• A fully retractable roof offers an open-air experience on nice days while protecting from the elements

• Watch an away game from the second-floor mezzanine for a stadium-like experience

• Live pre- and post-game analysis for Fox Sports Midwest is broadcast from the second-floor studio.

Budweiser Brewhouse

With various areas designed to fit any crowd’s mood—from lunch to dinner, game day or late-night drinks—the Budweiser Brewhouse constitutes one of Ballpark Village’s flagship tenants.

Don’t Miss:

• This one-of-a-kind project was designed by Anheuser-Busch. Unique features—such as an AB emblem in the outdoor beer garden, taken from a historic ice house in Earth City—are reminders of the company’s St. Louis roots.

• The first-floor restaurant serves upscale pub fare, but don’t be fooled. Yes, you can get your burger and fries, but also keep an eye out for fish tacos, tuna tartare and other unexpected offerings.

• To keep your party’s momentum going after eating, visit the second-floor lounge.

• Feel like you’re in the stadium when you watch the game from the third-floor Budweiser Brewhouse Deck.

Cardinals Nation

Get your Cardinals fix while dining surrounded by team memorabilia, or enjoy one of three patios or two bars with plenty of flat-screen TVs tuned to the game.

Don’t Miss:

• On the second floor, visit Cardinals greats like Dizzy Dean and Stan the Man in the team’s first-ever Hall of Fame, then see authentic team artifacts in the adjoining museum

• For an all-inclusive experience, snag one of 334 seats in the AT&T Rooftop overlooking the stadium. You know that big hole in the stadium’s outfield? This is what that was designed for: “We viewed the stadium as incomplete until we were done here—it was like a smile without a tooth,” Martin says.

Wait! There’s More:

Busch II Infield: Play ball in the shadow of the greats, on a field that exactly corresponds to the infield at Busch Stadium II. If you look across the street, you can even see where the old foul line used to extend.

PBR Bar: Get your cowboy boots on and enjoy the bar’s Western ambiance. If you’re really bold, take a ride on Ozzie, the mechanical bull

Howl at the Moon: Live dueling pianos (along with guitars, drums and whatever else they come up with!) perform nightly

Drunken Fish: Enjoy the new location of St. Louis’ staple sushi bar

Tengo Sed: Their tagline is ‘All Fiesta, No Siesta.’ Grab another margarita!

Tengo Hambre: Get your quick-serve street tacos and margaritas here!

Ted Drewes: Need we say more?

Still to Come: Retail outlet Majestic Athletic, The Fudgery and Jamba Juice are soon to open.

Check the Stats

• A 40-foot LED screen in FOX Sports Midwest Live! broadcasts all St. Louis sports

284 days of events are scheduled throughout the year, so you don’t have to wait for game day to visit

• The first phase of the development encompasses 120,000 square feet

750 parking spaces are free with validation during lunch, and $2 with validation during dinner (except game days)

Five stages scattered throughout the venues offer live entertainment of all kinds

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