ST. LOUS, MO (KTVI)-- Crews are busy getting Busch Stadium ready for its 7th season and the Cardinals home opener on Friday.
Ticket officials are warning fans to make sure they don't purchase counterfeit tickets. Joe Strohm the Vice President of Ticket Sales said, "The quality of the counterfeit tickets is the best they've seen." He said other teams are already seeing more of them this year, "In Cincinnati alone they had over two hundred counterfeit tickets for their home opener." His advice to to purchase tickets from the Cardinals ticket office, kiosk or it's partner Stub Hub. Strohm added, "Anytime it's a big game unfortunately the bad guys come out."
There's nothing bad about the way the stadium is looking. Workers are striving to make it even better. Crews are in the process of upgrading technology. A bunch of new flat screen T.V.'s are being added according to Joe Abernathy the Vice President of Stadium Operations, "We've invested to replace 150 of our T.V.'s with HD LED TV's a little more energy efficient but the key thing there, they can handle HD singles which is pretty much standard."
Abernathy said cell phone service for the fans should improve greatly this season. And they have added 106 solar modules. Marc Lopata with Microgrid Energy said those modules will help the stadium save electricity, "This system will do about 30 to 35 thousand kilo watt hours which is enough to power all the retails stores on the stadium."
Energy savings is big at Busch. They now use a lot less, 4 million kilowatt hours fewer than the day it opened. That is enough electricity to power 300 homes for a year.