ST. LOUIS, (, Oct 12, 2000 – Blues hockey fans attending the 2000-01 season home opener with the St. Louis Blues facing the Minnesota Wild tomorrow night, at 7 p.m., at Savvis Center will notice a lot of changes. Signage throughout the facility showcases the new name as the Savvis Center.

Traffic Patterns Change Around Savvis

Also, fans will notice a change in the traffic patterns around Savvis Center. Ongoing construction on 14th Street between the I-64/U.S. 40 exit and Spruce Street has reduced the area to one northbound lane, causing traffic congestion for fans arriving at games. As a result, the St. Louis Police Department has made temporary adjustments to this area to help alleviate this situation.

A temporary traffic plan, using reflective traffic control cones, will return this section of 14th Street back to two lanes of traffic prior to games only. The police ask that fans be cautious and follow the directions of the officers as they guide you toward Savvis Center in the safest and most expedient manner possible.

While this temporary traffic plan is designed to provide the safest and most convenient travel route toward Savvis Center, longer than usual delays can be expected, particularly from the 14th Street exit ramp of I-64/U.S. 40. Please be aware of this temporary situation and consider alternate travel routes that avoid usage of the 14th Street exit until the traffic pattern on 14th Street returns to normal.

Saint Louis is a sports town. The St. Louis Savvis Center, a contemporary building of glass and steel in the downtown area, is the home of St. Louis Blues NHL hockey team, the St. Louis Ambush indoor soccer club and the Saint Louis University Billikens basketball. The facility hosts over 200 entertainment and professional sports events every year.

Triangle Park, across from the Savvis Center, features dramatic sculptured steel pieces standing at the top of the tree-lined stairs leading from the MetroLink station.

A multimodal hub for St. Louisans and visitors is also taking shape across from the Savvis Center. The centerpiece of the new Transportation Center is a new 20,000 sq. ft. terminal that will be elevated over the track. Stairs and elevators will connect the terminal to the platforms below for boarding the trains. An enclosed pedestrian concourse will run from the terminal to the Savvis Center and MetroLink Station.

Saint Louis was established as a trading post on the west banks of the Mississippi River in 1764 by a French fur trapper named Pierre LaClede. Business was good from the beginning. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods.

Today, elements of Old Saint Louis remain as Laclede’s Landing, a nine – block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges. The historic area is located north of the Gateway Arch. At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the downtown atmosphere. Nearby, sightseeing excursions and gaming boats offer additional choices for entertainment.

Directions: Savvis Center, located at 1402 Clark Avenue, is north of I-64 and just four blocks east of Union Station. The sports and entertainment facility is within walking distance of Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch.

Ride the MetroLink FREE between Savvis Center, Busch Stadium, and Laclede’s Landing from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.