Major League Baseball franchise the St. Louis Cardinals has linked up with Loews Hotels to build accommodation as part of its Ballpark Village expansion project.

Ballpark Village is a $260m (£197m/€221m) mixed-use dining and entertainment district development adjacent to the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium home.

The hotel will debut as ‘Live! by Loews – St. Louis, MO’, through a partnership between Loews Hotels, The Cordish Companies and the Cardinals.

“We are thrilled to partner with Loews Hotels & Co. on their first St. Louis hotel,” said Bill DeWitt III, president of the Cardinals. “Live! by Loews – St. Louis, MO will be an incredible anchor for Ballpark Village and a tremendous step forward in fulfilling our vision of creating a world-class mixed-use destination next to Busch Stadium.”

The eight-story, $65m hotel will bring an upscale hospitality experience to downtown St. Louis, with it being incorporated in a dynamic plan to complete a full build-out of Clark Street.

“Expanding the Live! by Loews name in St. Louis, with partners like The Cordish Companies, the DeWitt  family and the St. Louis Cardinals, allows Loews the opportunity to add a unique and immersive hotel into our portfolio,” said Jonathan M.Tisch, chairman and chief executive of Loews Hotels. “Cardinals fans are some of the most loyal and best in Major League Baseball, and we look forward to having a hotel in the epicentre of the already successful Ballpark Village.”

The hotel, designed by HKS Architects Hospitality Studio, will feature 216 guestrooms with 19 suites, 17,000sqft of meeting and special events space with views of Busch Stadium, a Great Room lounge and outdoor terrace and a fitness facility.

Live! by Loews – St. Louis, MO will become the second hotel to carry the brand’s name, with the first being Live! by Loews – Arlington, TX, which is set to open in the heart of the Arlington Entertainment District between MLB team the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park and NFL American football franchise the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.

The second phase of Ballpark Village will feature a 29-story luxury high-rise apartment tower, the first Class-A office building built in downtown St. Louis in nearly thirty years, an upscale, full-service Live! by Loews convention hotel, as well as additional retail and entertainment.

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