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Shaded Seats at Busch Stadium

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Busch Stadium, located in the heart of St. Louis, is the iconic home of the Cardinals. Between stunning views of the Gateway Arch and the nearby Ballpark Village, the stadium provides an unparalleled game day experience. That said, Busch Stadium has a reputation as one of the hottest ballparks in Major League Baseball. Fans heading to a Cardinals game should use this guide along with the stadium’s seating chart to find the best shaded seats at Busch Stadium.

Where are the shaded seats at Busch Stadium?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Busch Stadium are located:

  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded during afternoon and evening games
  • 1st Base Line: Early day game shade in rows farther back from the field
  • 3rd Base Line: Shaded during evening games

For the 2024 season, a quarter of Cardinals games are scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m., with some beginning as early as 12:15 p.m.! Evening games are scheduled for 6:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. For specific details about sections at various start times, please continue reading.

Busch Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Busch Stadium is oriented with home plate facing east. This orientation makes the ballpark particularly tricky to evaluate for shade because there is no universal “shade side” like at other stadiums. For day games more shaded seats are on the 1st base side of the park. During evening games it flips and the 3rd base side becomes the spot for shade.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

Where to Buy Tickets

MLB operates the official Box Office for the Cardinals. SeatGeek is the official resale partner for all MLB teams, offering access to a broader variety of seats, including those owned by season ticket holders. The Box Office provides access to unsold seats at face value plus fees, while SeatGeek may offer occasional last-minute deals and discounts on lower-demand games.

Seats in the Shade at Cardinals Afternoon Games

Shade is sparse at Cardinals 12:15 or 1:15 games. During these early starts, the optimal shade strategy is to sit as far from the field as possible within any given section, taking advantage of the stadium’s overhangs which provide some relief on hot sunny days.

In the upper levels, sections 361-372 and 431-454 boast significant overhangs that offer shade to fans seated in the back half of these sections. On the lower levels, the last few rows of each section also benefit from overhead cover. This is particularly true for seats in foul territory on the 1st base side. On the other hand, seats beyond the outfield walls are sunny for the majority of a day game. As the afternoon progresses, the sun’s movement toward home plate brings increased shade to those seated close to home.

Seats close to the field have to wait the longest for shade to arrive. With the exception of sections 170-171 in left field, most outfield seats offer little to no sun protection. Even as the sun shifts westward during the game, the outfield bleachers at Busch Stadium remain sunny.

Shadows on the stands at St. Louis Cardinals Stadium

During an early afternoon game at Busch Stadium seek out shade under cover on the 1st base side of the park. Seats on the 3rd base side and in the outfield and all in the sun.
Gino Santa Maria /

Seats in the Shade at Cardinals Evening Games

Busch Stadium’s day games present a challenge with the sun, but evening games offer a shadier experience. For games starting after 6:00 p.m., it’s best to choose seats on the 3rd base side of the stadium. Fans here will enjoy the advantage of having the setting sun at their backs and seats in the shade for the duration of the game. However, fans in the right field stands and near the right field foul pole will face the sun for the initial innings until it sets completely.

Shadows on the stands at St. Louis Cardinals Stadium

During an evening game at Busch Stadium, the entire 3rd base side of the park is in the shade. Seats in right field and deep down the 1st base line are sunny the longest.
Photo by baseballmapper (CC0 1.0)

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