Busch Stadium Bank of America Club Review
What Is the Bank of America Club?
The Bank of America Club is one of several all-inclusive areas in Busch Stadium—the home of the St. Louis Cardinals.
In this article, I will explain just what you get with your club ticket and my personal opinion on its value, as well as the pros and cons of sitting in the club area as opposed to elsewhere in the stadium.
What You Get With Your Bank of America Club Ticket
These tickets can be purchased in quantities from 2 to 250. You can choose from indoor seats, which are inside the club area itself and arranged in front of a large glass window, or outdoor seats in sections 258 & 259 of the ballpark. The club sections are located in the second and third deck of the stadium along the third base line.
In addition to your seats you get several other perks such as:
- All-you-can-eat buffet.
- All-you-can-drink beer and soda.
- Private restrooms.
- Escalator and elevator access.
For more detailed information on the Bank of America Club and other all-inclusive areas, you can visit Cardinals.com.
The above photo is the view from our seats on the drink rail in section 258. As you can see, the view of the field is excellent despite being on the second deck of the stadium.
The drink rail is a unique area in that rather than being squished into standard stadium seats, you get your own little bar stool situated behind a little bar-style drink rail for you to rest your drinks on. In addition to not having to sit in such close quarters with your neighbor, there's a bit of an overhang to sit under, which would be real handy on those days when it's either hot and sunny or raining. The drink rail is located right behind the back row of section 258.
If you value being as close as possible to the action over your personal space, you can also purchase outdoor reserved seats in section 258 or 259, which are both located on the third base line of the second deck.
If you prefer to sit in a more climate-controlled area, section 260, which is inside the actual club area, features reserved indoor seating. The view from the indoor seats is pretty good and I'd definitely consider this section if I were going to a game on one of those 90-100 degree days. However, you lose some of the fun of being out with all the cheering fans, so I'd probably prefer the outdoor sections during nicer weather. The indoor seats do also offer you easier access to the buffet and drink sections and the private restroom. They appeared to be slightly larger and more nicely padded than the outdoor seats as well.
The Bank of America Club sections aren't the best view in the stadium, but they're a pretty darn good one. I found the view to be far superior to the view from the bleachers or the pavilion sections of the stadium, though it doesn't get you quite as close to the action as the infield field boxes.
My one complaint about the drink rail seats would be that the bar stools are a bit on the small side and are metal with no padding. While the extra elbow room was nice, I think you actually have even less room for your backside and they lack the padding that the regular seats feature.
Food & Drink
I meant to snap some photos of the inside of the club, but it was so crowded and hectic in there that I decided to just grab my food and go. So, I guess there's my first part of my review. It is crowded and hectic inside the club, so be prepared!
The inside of the club features an all-you-can-eat buffet which begins an hour and a half before the game starts and lasts an hour and a half after the game starts. This was plenty of time for us to eat before the game began and then to go back for seconds in the fourth inning. The club also features a bar where you can get Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Select, O'Douls, and Coke products.
When you arrive at the Bank of America Club, an usher will check your ticket and then issue you an arm band and a plastic cup. The arm band lets them know you are allowed in the BOA Club, so you can go in and out and utilize the buffet, drink station, and restroom without having to show your tickets again. The plastic cup, which you are advised to hang on to, lets them know you're entitled to all the beer and/or soda you can gulp down.
According to the website, the buffet features hot dogs, bratwursts, two additional entrées, nachos, caesar salad, a pasta station, cookie,s and brownies. The day I was there had beef brisket and some kind of stir fry as the two additional entrées. The hot dogs and brats were very tasty and the nachos were the biggest pleasant surprise of all the ballpark food I tried. I was expecting that sort of nasty cheese-like substance you get at most buffet restaurants and concession stands but the cheese sauce was actually really good. I didn't try the caesar salad or the stir fry but the pasta salad was really good, as were the cookies and brownies. The brisket was a bit dried out and sad looking by the time I spotted it, so that was the one real food disappointment.
I'm not a big fan of Budweiser beer, so I stuck with the Coke products. The bartenders were very fast, courteous, and busy, as many fans seemed to head back for another beer after every inning. Last call for alcohol is somewhere in the middle of the 8th inning and I witnessed many fans chugging their beers from the 7th on to make sure they got their money's worth.
After the buffet shut down, they put out popcorn and cheese puffs. It was a nice touch and a big hit with the kids in attendance.
The only negative thing I have to say about the food and drinks, other than the lack of good beer, is that tables inside the club are hard to come by. You may find yourself either waiting for a seat in the club or having to drag your food down to your seats in the stadium.
In addition to the food and drinks, the Bank of America Club offers a few other perks.
The first is exclusive escalator and elevator access. This is only available to people who have tickets in either the Redbird Club (which you have to walk through to get to the Bank of America Club) or the BOA Club. This is a nice perk because the lines to get on the general elevators, escalators, and sometimes even the stairs can get really long. If you're not in good enough shape or just too lazy to hoof it up two or three flights of stairs, the escalator up to the BOA Club is super nice compared to standing in a line for 30 minutes to get on one of the elevators.
The private elevator is also available for those with disabilities or children in strollers who can't take the escalator. I'd recommend the escalator for anyone who doesn't have a physical reason to use the elevator. It frees up the elevator for those who can't use the escalator and there is no wait time for the escalator.
Another nice perk is a private restroom. If you've ever been to a concert or sporting event, I'm sure you've experienced long lines at the public restrooms. Since only club ticket holders can access the club restroom, the lines are a bit more reasonable.
There are also tables and bar areas inside the air conditioned club and numerous television screens to watch the game on. If you're more into socializing than the game, or need a break from the heat or rain, you can hang out inside the club and enjoy the food and drinks while still catching the game on the television screens.
Due to the dynamic pricing structure, in which ticket prices fluctuate based on who the opponent is and the date, there isn't one set price for these tickets. We purchased our tickets as one of the weekly promotions for $89.
To give you an idea of the relative cost of these tickets, here are some ticket prices for the 6/14 game we attended. The visiting team was the Chicago White Sox.
- Bank of America Club: $155.75
- Cardinals Club: $177.75
- Diamond Box: $124.75
- Home Redbird Club: $69.75
- Infield Field Box: $88.75
A beer will run you about $8, a soft drink about $5, and every hot dog, plate of nachos, etc., will run you about another $4-$5.
This particular date is a bit cheaper for Cardinal and Redbird Club tickets than what they usually seem to run. A typical BOA Club ticket tends to run between $130-$170.
Those premium seats right behind home plate will set you back $170-$270 most of the time. Seats in the infield field boxes (field level, but a bit further back than those premium seats) will run you $70-$150 for most games. Some of the other all-inclusive areas, such as the Coca-Cola and Homer's Landing areas, offer cheaper prices at about $90-$150, with similar food and drinks but with not as nice seats. Swankier areas like the Commissioner's Box offer both a high end buffet and premium seats for about $250.
I was very pleased with the value of our tickets at $89, considering that the cost of a similar seat would have run us about $60 for that game and a hot dog plus a couple of drinks would have cost about $20.
At the regular price, not being the sort of person who just has to have beer and hot dogs at a ball game, I probably would have preferred to spend the $80 to get field level seats. However, if you plan to eat and drink, particularly if you plan to drink several beers, I think the BOA Club tickets are a pretty good value when you factor in all the other perks.
The Final Verdict
The Bank of America Club is a perfect choice for the fan who wants good seats to the game and would like to be able to eat all the hot dogs and nachos and drink all the beer and/or soft drinks they can handle for one price.
Whether you choose the indoor or outdoor seats, you'll have a great view of the game. You'll also have the option to get out of the hot weather or rain and have private access to the escalator, elevator, and restrooms. This will save you a lot of time standing in line.
If you don't care about the food and drinks and have no problem spending the whole game out in the elements, your money is probably better spent on field level seats. But if you can catch a good deal on all-inclusive tickets, like we did, I highly recommend them to anyone.