For the first time ever, the foul poles at Busch Stadium will be removed in preparation for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifier against St. Vincent & The Grenadines on Nov. 13. The poles will be brought down Thursday, Nov. 5.
Women’s World Cup Champion and St. Louis native Lori Chalupny will be in attendance. The 31-year-old Olympic gold medalist retired from professional soccer last month, having scored a goal in the Women’s National Team’s 4-0 victory against New Zealand in a World Cup preparation friendly at Busch Stadium in April. The crowd of 35,817 in attendance was the largest ever for a stand-alone WNT friendly on U.S. soil.
The foul poles will come down on the 26th anniversary of the MNT”s last World Cup qualifier in St. Louis, a 0-0 draw on Nov. 5, 1989, at Busch Memorial Stadium.
The foul poles have not been removed since they were installed in the stadium’s inaugural season in 2006. The effort will provide enhanced sightlines for fans. Field preparation for the event will also begin Nov. 5. In addition, media in attendance will receive new information about the upcoming soccer match at Busch including a schedule of previously unannounced ancillary events
Media interested in attending should RSVP to Lindsey Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. CT today
Busch Stadium Foul Pole Removal Event Information
WHAT: Busch Stadium Foul Pole Removal and Field Preparation
WHO: Lori Chalupny – Women’s World Cup Champion
Vicki Bryant – Vice President, Event Services & Merchandising for the Cardinals
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 5. Media is encouraged to arrive at 8:30 a.m. CT
WHERE: Busch Stadium (Media should enter through the 700 Clark Street Lobby entrance between Gate 4 and the Team Store, across from Ballpark Village. Validated parking is available at the Ballpark Village Lot with advance RSVP).