Ever wonder what happens to the cushy seats when old ballparks get torn down?
Wonder no more.
It’s been almost four years since the St. Louis Cardinals said goodbye to the ballpark that had been their home since the mid-1960s. Like many big league teams these days, the Cards made a deal with a company to save seats from the old park and sell them off.
Plastic seats from Busch Stadium were indeed sold after the 2005 season, but the slightly fancier ‘Cardinals Club’ box seats have been in storage since. Now, though, S&S Seating has brought those cushioned chairbacks into the marketplace.
‘Cardinals Club’ seats were the padded seats directly behind home plate on the field level of old Busch Stadium in sections 1-10. Cardinals Club box seats were not made available to the general public during the 2005 auction.
"These seats were professionally removed from old Busch Stadium and have been stored in our warehouse since 2005," said David Sprinkle, vice president of S&S Seating.
Not all of the seats the company put up for sale three years ago found buyers and in addition to the Cardinals Club seats, S&S Seating still has the following seats available from old Busch Stadium: green ‘Dugout Club’ seats, generic red seats, and 45" sections of bleacher seats.
Busch Stadium was the home of MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals (1966-2005) and the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals (1966-1987) and St. Louis Rams (1995). Busch Stadium’s 96-arch "Crown of Arches" echoed the iconic Gateway Arch, which was completed only one year before the opening of Busch Stadium. Opened on May 12, 1966, the stadium hosted six World Series in 1967, 1968, 1982, 1985, 1987 & 2004. The final Cardinals game played at Busch Stadium was October 19, 2005.