ST. LOUIS - August 22, 2013 - Following a six-game Central Division road trip (4-2), the Cardinals return to Busch for a seven-game homestand against the playoff-contending Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds. Homestand Highlights include five theme nights - Y98 Night, Mizzou and Illini Nights, Peanut Controlled Day, and College Night at the Ballpark - as well as Fredbird's Birthday Bash Weekend. Fans can come celebrate Fredbird's Birthday with activities for the kids, special mascot guests, and Fredbird-themed promotional items throughout the weekend. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 p.m.)

  • Y98 Theme Night at the Ballpark:  Join Y98's Guy, Courtney, Jen, Kevin and Lance of the Phillips & Company Morning Show during Y98 Night at the Ballpark. Fans who purchase the special theme night ticket will sit in the bleachers and take home their very own "Hot Nuts" Cardinals t-shirt. A portion of each Y98 Night at the Ballpark ticket purchased will benefit Blessings in a Backpack. A number of tickets remain at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the t-shirt is only available with the purchase of this special ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item.
  • Segs4Vets:  In a ceremony prior to the game, St. Louis-based charity Segs4Vets will provide Segways to 7 wounded veterans from throughout Cardinal Nation. 

Friday, August 23, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Canvas Print: 25,000 ticketed-fans will take home a Cardinals canvas print, courtesy of Coke Zero. 
  • Budweiser Bash Friday: Enjoy live music from dueling piano players, the Budweiser Build-a-Bar, and autographs in the Ford Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Budweiser Bash entrance (Gate 5) will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for former Cardinal pitchers Alan and Andy Benes. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Autograph ticket distribution begins one hour prior to gates opening. Budweiser Bash Fridays are sponsored by Budweiser Beer. 
  • Illini Theme Night at the Ballpark:  Fans who purchase the special theme night ticket will take home a one-of-a-kind Cardinals "STL" cap in Fighting Illini orange and blue. John Groce, Head Coach of the Fighting Illini basketball team will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. A number of tickets remain at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the cap is only available with the purchase of this special ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (6:15 p.m.)

  • Fredbird Kids Cap: The kids of Cardinal Nation will love sporting their beloved mascot right on their head. Ice Mountain and the St. Louis Cardinals will give 12,000 ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, the one-of-a-kind Fredbird kid's cap.
  • Fredbird's Birthday Bash Weekend: Fredbird invited some of his closest friends from St. Louis to help celebrate his birthday. Throughout the game, fans can see Ruffy (River City Rascals), Truman the Tiger (Mizzou), Louie (St. Louis Blues) and Rampage (St. Louis Rams). Team Fredbird is also throwing a birthday party for Fredbird in Ford Plaza. Fans can stop by for prizes and fun!
  • Heart and Hustle Award Presentation: In a ceremony prior to the game, Matt Carpenter will receive the Cardinals' 2013 Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's (MLBPAA) Heart and Hustle Award for best demonstrating a passion for the game of baseball and the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
  • Mizzou Theme Night at the Ballpark:  Fans who purchase a special theme ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals "STL" cap in Tiger black and gold. Before the game, fans can join their fellow Tigers in Riverview Corner to mingle with Mizzou Athletes, Golden Girls, Truman the Tiger and enjoy music from the Mizzou traveling band. A number of tickets remain at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the cap is only available with the purchase of this special ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item.
  • Peanut Controlled Day at the Ballpark:  This unique opportunity allows our fans with peanut allergies to sit in a "Peanut Controlled Zone" - sales of peanuts will be halted in this section and fans will not be allowed to consume peanut products in that area. A number of tickets remain at cardinals.com/theme.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (1:15 p.m.)

  • Make-Your-Own Fredbird: Kids can celeBEARate Fredbird's birthday and take home a mascot of their own! Make-Your-Own Fredbird by Build-A-Bear Workshop will send 12,000 ticketed- fans, ages 15 and younger, home with a commemorative Fredbird.
  • Fredbird's Birthday Bash Weekend: Some of Fredbird's closest friends from across Major League Baseball are coming to Busch Stadium to help Fredbird celebrate. Throughout the game, fans can see the Pirate Parrot (Pittsburgh Pirates), Captain (Texas Rangers), Screech (Washington Nationals), Baxter (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Dinger (Colorado Rockies). Team Fredbird is also throwing a birthday party for Fredbird in Ford Plaza. Fans can stop by for prizes and fun!
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last).
  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Monday, August 26, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (6:05 p.m.)

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

  • College Theme Night at the Ballpark:  Kick your "back to school" blues with College Night at Busch Stadium. This special theme ticket includes a Loge level ticket to the game and an exclusive Cardinals t-shirt. A number of tickets remain for this night and a second college night on Thursday, September 12th at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the t-shirt is only available with the purchase of this special ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2013 schedule features 15 local bands over the course of five nights, at five different Cardinals' home games out in Ford Plaza. Tonight's battle features Captial Drive, Show Some Teeth and Unifyah. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 24th in the "Battle at Busch" finals for the grand prize package. Discounted tickets are available at cardinals.com/battleatbusch

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

  • Ice Mountain Autograph Night: Fans, ages 20 and under, can get autographs from current players before the game from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:15, all fans can get autographs from Cardinals alumni. New this year, the Ice Mountain Autograph Event will be held in Riverview Corner on the 400 level in right field.

More Fan Fun

Cardinals Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Instagram (Cardinals), Pinterest (pinterest.com/cardinalsmlb), Tumblr (stlcardinals) and Google + (St. Louis Cardinals). Fans will get an inside look at the team, exclusive promotions and giveaways, breaking club news, behind-the-scenes photos, videos and much more. For more info, and a list of verified player twitter accounts, visit cardinals.com/connect.

  • Facebook Fridays with Fredbird: Every Friday, Fredbird and Team Fredbird will appear somewhere within Cardinal Nation to give away a select number of free tickets or items to lucky fans on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to join the fun. To find out where Fredbird will be each week follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals, or visit cardinals.com/facebookfridays for more details.

Cardinals Magazine Highlights Mujica, Club's Youthful Roster, & Red Schoendienst  

The current issue of Cardinals Magazine features some of the key players in the club's first-half march to the most wins in the National League. The cover subject is All-Star Edward Mujica, whose timely emergence as closer and wicked off-speed pitch are explored in new detail. This summer-time edition examines the club's youthful ways, highlighted by the "New Kids on the Block" like Seth Maness, Carlos Martinez, Kevin Siegrest and others who have been a hit in 2013 and the next wave of fresh-face talent from the '13 First-Year Player Draft. Other story highlights include a profile on reliever Randy Choate, a Q&A with Matt Adams, and the latest journal entry by All-Star Adam Wainwright. And, as always, we salute the club's rich history, this time with a conversation with the incomparable Red Schoendienst and the latest release in the Stan Musial poster series. Copies are just $5 each at the ballpark, or to purchase a print or digital subscription, call 314.345.9303 or visit cardinals.com/magazine

Cardinals Work "4 A Greener Game"

The Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium. In exchange for their services, volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game. To volunteer or learn more, visit cardinals.com/green.

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community - both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested nearly $19 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 20 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois.

Cardinals Care's Redbird Rookies program, a free league for boys and girls who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play baseball, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls, and other equipment needed for each team in over 20 leagues in Missouri and Illinois, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring, and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

Fans can support Cardinals Care by donating directly at cardinals.com/community.  

Fan-Friendly Values

  • Dynamic Deals of the Week: The Cardinals' value-based dynamic pricing system allows them to offer outstanding ticket savings to fans throughout the season. Special values will be highlighted each Monday as part of the "Dynamic Deals of the Week" promotion. Since the launch of dynamic pricing last season, 77% of games were priced lower in 2012 than 2011, with nearly 40% of games having tickets priced for $5 or less. Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails at cardinals.com.
  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: The Cardinals are pleased to team up with KMOX 1120 to offer the KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets. At 9 a.m. on the day of each game, fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets to that day's game for a total cost of $11.20 ($5.60 per ticket). The voucher may be redeemed for tickets 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the game. The tickets may be anywhere in the park, depending on availability.

For more information on Cardinals promotions and scheduled events visit cardinals.com/promotions and cardinals.com/theme.