Professional SportsWe're No. 1 and proud of it. St. Louis is a recognized world class sport city with The Sporting News naming it the nation's "Best Sports City" in 2000 and the "Best Baseball City" in 2005. We're home to the St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, and St. Louis Rams professional sports franchises, along with many other popular teams. These include the Saint Louis University Billikens and the Gateway Grizzlies (minor league baseball).
In addition to having popular professional sports teams, St. Louis also has happy fans. The St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Cardinals ranked high in fan satisfaction for 2009 (No. 10 and No. 26 respectively) on ESPN The Magazine's seventh annual Ultimate Standings survey, which ranked fan satisfaction among 122 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises based on fan feedback on eight major categories: bang for the buck, fan relations, team ownership, affordability, stadium experience, players, coaches, and title track.
St. Louis is home to great athletic venues, most notably:
- Busch Stadium, a retro-style ballpark, opened in 2006 just in time to host the Cardinals' World Series victory that same year. It also hosted the 80th MLB All-Star Game on July 14, 2009. At a press conference surrounding the All-Star events, Commissioner Bud Selig said, "[St. Louis] is a remarkable baseball town. The Commissioner is always supposed to be neutral, but there are some great baseball cities; there is no city with a greater history, tradition and presence than St. Louis."
- The Edward Jones Dome, home to the 2000 Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams, holds an impressive 67,000 spectators while offering fans a vast array of amenities on four different concourse levels.
- The Blues compete in the Scottrade Center, a 19,000-seat arena. The Scottrade Center also hosts numerous other events, including professional wrestling and concerts.
- St. Louis University's new Chaifetz Arena opened in March 2008. It seats just over 10,000 for SLU Billikens NCAA Division I basketball and also hosts concerts and other events.