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St. Louis City Board of Aldermen Approves Tobacco-Free Baseball
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 5, 2017 - The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen voted, Friday, February 3, to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco products (like chew, dip and snuff) at the city's sports venues, including Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. Today's action adds growing momentum to the national campaign to take tobacco out of baseball. It also sends a simple and powerful message to kids: baseball and tobacco don't mix.
The measure applies to all sports facilities within city limits, and covers players, fans, employees and others in the venue.
In a release, Alderwoman Dionne Flowers, the sponsor of the measure said, "Today, St. Louis is sending a loud and clear message that baseball players and other athletes are role models for our nation's youth, and tobacco should no longer be associated with the sports culture. Today's vote is a win for the health of our kids and our community."
"Our national pastime should be about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, not a deadly and addictive product," said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "Today's action keeps the momentum firmly on our side to finally get tobacco out of baseball for kids, the players and the future."
St. Louis joins the growing number of Major League cities to take tobacco out of baseball. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. have all enacted laws prohibiting tobacco use at sports venues, including their professional baseball stadiums. A statewide law in California will take effect before the 2017 season (adding Anaheim, Oakland and San Diego to the list). Once all of these laws are in place, 14 of the 30 Major League stadiums will be tobacco-free. Legislation is under consideration in Toronto and the state of Minnesota.
In addition to these laws, Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement prohibits all new MLB players from using smokeless tobacco. Together, these actions make it inevitable that baseball will be tobacco-free, but MLB cities should act sooner rather than later to break the long and harmful link between baseball and tobacco.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Opening Day for 2016 was particularly special as the Cardinals celebrated the 10th anniversary in Busch Stadium and the 2006 World Championship squad.
Located in the heart of the downtown business district, the facility features classic arched openings similar the nearby Cupples Station warehouses, west of the site. The stadium features a creative use of old and new materials, from red brick and concrete to exposed steel and glass.
The majority of spectators have dramatic views of the Gateway Arch and the downtown St. Louis skyline. The ballpark has expanded bleacher sections, a state-of-the-art video board and entertainment system.
The facility has increased access for fans with disabilities, new escalators and more elevators. Disabled drop-off locations are: Gate 2, at Poplar and Eighth Streets; Gate 4 (Plaza of Champions), at Clark and Eighth Streets; and, Gate 6 on Broadway.
A main-level concourse circles the entire ballpark, providing a 360 degree view of the playing field. Home plate is located in the southwest corner of the site. The stadium features lowered seating and scoreboard heights in center field. A public plaza provides a perfect gathering spot for fans before and after games.
Ballpark Village will again be the place to be before, during and after the game. Since opening in March of 2014, Ballpark Village has hosted more than 5 million visitors of all ages from across the country and brought hundreds of great events to downtown.
Ballpark Village entered its second year in 2015 with the opening of the new Crown Room second-floor lounge in Budweiser Brew House, the addition of two 15-foot television screens in Fox Sports Midwest Live!, a two-sided permanent outdoor stage next to the Busch II infield and greatly improved sightlines into left center field in Busch Stadium.
Gate 2 - on the corner of Eighth and Poplar, outside the Cardinal Club
Gate 4 - on Clark Street, east of the Team Store entrance
Gate 6 - on Broadway, outside Ford Plaza
Ashtrays are stationed outside exit/re-entry Gates 2, 4, and 6. The entire Busch Stadium staff has been trained to direct fans wishing to smoke to the designated exit/re-entry gates and smoking areas outside the ballpark.
Baseball fans can enjoy a variety of family activities from browsing in the gift shop to video games and picnics. Visitors can also view St. Louis baseball memorabilia from its beginnings in 1892 to present in the Cardinals Hall of Fame. Some of the great players include Dizzy Dean, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Ken Boyer, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Red Schoendienst.
The sports and entertainment facility is within walking distance of the Scottrade Center and the Gateway Arch.
Directions: Busch Stadium is north of I-64 and just six blocks east of St. Louis Union Station.
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