Ballpark Village offering free rapid COVID tests ahead of events


ST. LOUIS — Ballpark Village will offer free rapid COVID testing for anyone going to events at Enterprise Center and Stifel Theatre.

Both venues require proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of an event. The first testing clinic starts Thursday at 3 p.m. before the Blues game.

Individuals can self-test with a nasal swab under the supervision of trained healthcare professionals. Empire City Labs will test the sample on-site and send the result to a person’s cell phone within 15 minutes.

Mike Lamartina, the chief operating officer at Ballpark Village, said his team wanted to provide easy access to COVID tests to help St. Louisans continue to see their favorite teams and concerts.

“Being able to do this with the Blues in our large format is a benefit, and we’re happy to provide it,” said Lamartina. “We didn’t predict this kind of community engagement that we’d be doing at this point in time. But it’s a great call of service for us, and we’re happy to do so.”

The testing site is on the north side of Ballpark Village near Bally Sports Live. It will open four hours before events start.

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