Itinerant Fan

Scottrade Center

In St. Louis, MLB’s Cardinals tend to take a lion’s share of the city’s sporting attention, but that’s not to say the NHL’s Blues get short shrift. Indeed, they love their hockey in St. Louis, and the Blues are often competitive — if not a little snakebitten, having never won a Stanley Cup in their history.

The Blues ply their trade at Scottrade Center, an arena that has served the fans well for 20 seasons now and is still going strong. The building has been around long enough to get some history under its belt — it has undergone three name changes (more on that later) — while remaining a modern and well-appointed place for the NHL fan to see some puck. Read on to find out what Scottrade Center has to offer.

  •   The Approach

    Technically, Scottrade Center is located downtown and right alongside Interstate 64. But it’s about a mile and a half from the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch, and a little more than half a mile from Busch Stadium, the Cardinals’ home. So depending on how you feel about walking, and depending on where you’re coming from if you’re already downtown, you might find just walking to the game to be a tad far for your liking.

    St. Louis’ MetroLink train system has you covered, though — the Civic Center stop is right at the arena’s doorstep (as is its Amtrak station and Greyhound depot). Both of MetroLink’s lines, Red and Blue, run by the arena, making it a solid park-and-ride option as well for fans coming from the suburbs in both Missouri and Illinois.

    For drivers, exit at 20th Street from eastbound I-64 or 9th Street from westbound I-64 and make your way to Scottrade Center via Clark Avenue. The arena has its own parking structure attached to the west side of the building, as well as several nearby lots and garages.

    You can also pay for parking ahead of time through Parking Panda. This service allows you to compare most of the parking options in the area by price and location. Pick one that you like, book a spot, and they’ll email you the parking pass. Take a look at all of their options in the window below:

     
  •   The Build-Up

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    Scottrade Center was originally known as the Kiel Center (it stands on the site of the Kiel Auditorium, once the city’s main sports arena), so don’t be surprised to see old Kiel Center signage or the word “Kiel” in a lot of different places nearby. St. Louis City Hall is a block away and several other municipal buildings are close by as well, so the area is largely devoted to civic activities. That doesn’t mean there isn’t much to do around the arena, though.

    You’ll find a concentration of restaurants, bars and shops in and around Union Station, a few blocks to the west (despite its name and history as a train depot, it’s now mainly a shopping center, so don’t rely on it as a stopping point for your transportation needs). Even if you don’t care to hang out there, it’s worth walking through as a historic building that is undergoing a huge renovation.

    If you’re looking for more of a sports bar vibe, Maggie O’Brien’s (adjacent to Union Station) and Maurizio’s Pizza (two blocks east of the arena) tend to get a significant amount of pregame business from hockey fans. Or, check out one of the establishments closer to Busch Stadium (inside the new Ballpark Village, for example) and then take the train to the game afterward.

  •   The Ambiance

    Enter at the corner of Clark and 14th streets, which is considered the main entrance — you’ll be greeted by a huge glass facade and statues of Blues legends Brett Hull, Al MacInnis and Bernie Federko. Inside, the concourses are wide and easy to navigate, and the seating bowl offers good sightlines all around for hockey, as is to be expected of a modern arena. Discussions have begun about upgrading the arena now that it is more than 20 years old.

    The Blues have carried over a few traditions from their old home, the St. Louis Arena. In particular, look out for when the home team scores — fog will shoot out from the center-ice scoreboard, and the organ will begin playing “When The Saints Go Marching In,” a long-time tradition.

    Scottrade Center’s concessions options don’t stray very far from normal arena fare — burgers, hot dogs, BBQ and the like. It being St. Louis, you’ll of course find Budweiser served throughout the arena. However, one “unusual” option can be found at stands for Tim Hortons, a Canadian staple that is slowly increasing its footprint around American hockey arenas and in the St. Louis area in general.

The Particulars

Home Teams
St. Louis Blues

Address
1401 Clark Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Year Opened
1994

Capacity
19,150

Upcoming Events
All times local
Anaheim Ducks at St. Louis Blues
Thursday, December 14, 2017
7:00 pm
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Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues
Saturday, December 16, 2017
6:00 pm
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Illinois Fighting Illini at Missouri Tigers Basketball
Saturday, December 23, 2017
7:00 pm
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Saint Louis
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
3:00 pm
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Saint Louis
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
8:00 pm
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