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  Sports Stadium Approved/Built
Category:  Planning and Development
Brief Description:  The downtown Sports Stadium Redevelopment Plan was approved by the LCRA board on December 23, 1960. Clearance activities began in 1963 on a 59-acre site on the south side of the downtown district. The redevelopment program proceeded with no federal assistance. The new sports stadium, with a seating capacity of 50,000, was completed in 1966. It served as the home of the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals, the Football Cardinals, and many special events. It was named Busch Stadium in honor of August Busch, Jr. and the Anheuser-Busch Companies, which had contributed $5 million towards its construction. In 1987, the football team left St. Louis, citing the inadequacy of the stadium as a primary reason. In 2002, the baseball Cardinals sought local and state support for a proposed new stadium adjacent to the site, arguing that they would be unable to remain economically competitive in the existing stadium. Their proposal was rejected by the state of Missouri, but negotiations with the City and private interests were ongoing as of August 2002.
Year:  1966
Decade:  1960 - 1969



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