The description on the back of this chrome-style postcard reads, “Civic Center and Gateway Arch. Busch Memorial Stadium and the world famous Gateway Arch embrace St. Louis downtown and riverfront areas.”
In the mid-1960s, the construction of modern stadium facilities, such as the Houston Astrodome and Shea Stadium in New York City, prompted St. Louis to follow the trend with the construction of Busch Stadium.
The facility opened on May 12th, 1966, one month into the baseball season.
Its unique construction embodies the spirit of the Gateway Arch immediately to the east with the “crown of arches” that encircle the roof line of the stadium.
Only weeks after its opening, the new stadium hosted the 1966 All Star game followed by a performance by the Beatles.
Busch Stadium served both the baseball and football Cardinals prior to the football Cardinals moving to Arizona in 1987.
The stadium was razed in 2005 to make way for a new Busch Stadium.
Rather than imploding the park, it was demolished by a wrecking ball for fear of damaging the metro subway station nearby.
Demolition started November 7, 2005, and was completed a month later on December 8.