Busch Stadium, home to Major League Baseball franchise St. Louis Cardinals, has announced several changes that will come into effect for the upcoming season.
Beginning on opening day of the 2017 MLB season on Sunday, backpacks will be banned from entering the venue.
Stadium operations vice-president, Joe Abernathy, said that large and multiple-compartment bags create a slow down and long lines to enter Busch Stadium. Single-compartment bags, such as tote bags, will be allowed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website reports.
Additionally, open beverage containers, such as soft drinks from a fast-food restaurant, will be prohibited from entering the ballpark. Sealed water bottles will still be allowed.
Another change at Busch Stadium is that the protective netting that formerly ended at the home-plate side of each dugout has now been extended at full height to the outfield end of the dugout with smaller strings. According to Abernathy, “looking through it is 15 per cent better.”
For the upcoming season, the venue has also added new food items to its menus, including several sausage-based items and a fried chicken breast tossed in Buffalo sauce sandwich.
The franchise recently announced its Cardinals Nation food truck that will offer options such as bacon-wrapped brats, smashed burgers and Italian beef sandwiches.
The truck will also be available for corporate events and catering. It will emerge at fairs, festivals and “streets around the city for lunch service.”