Everyone has heard of the Cardinals, but did you know they are not the only pro baseball team in the St. Louis area? While St. Louis may be known for Major League Baseball, it also offers plenty of other sports action. Grab a seat (or jump right in) at one of these uncommon events, whether you head to Carshield Field for some Frontier League games or race through the dark in Forest Park.
The Gateway Grizzlies are part of the Frontier League, the oldest currently running professional independent baseball league, formed in 1993. The Grizzlies battle at GCS Credit Union Ballpark minutes from downtown St. Louis in Sauget, Illinois. The Grizzlies formed in 2001, and have since sent over 30 players to MLB affiliates, so watching a Grizzlies game means an opportunity to see some big names before they become big. The Grizzlies play home games Aug. 9-11, 20-25 and 30-31.
RIVER CITY RASCALS
The St. Louis area actually has not one, but two, Frontier League teams. The River City Rascals originally began in 1999 and play home games at Carshield Field in O’Fallon, Missouri, which is equipped with a patio, picnic area, playground, bar and lounge, making it a great stop for families or people wishing to enjoy the last days of summer. This month the Rascals’ schedule features home games Aug. 9-11, 21-22 and 28-29.
SAINT LOUIS FC (SOCCER)
Get your pro soccer fix with the Saint Louis FC (“FC” stands for “football club”) of the United Soccer League. The team plays in the Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. In keeping with soccer teams around the world, St. Louis FC has a very dedicated fanbase, with a resident independent supporters group called the St. Louligans. Listen for their roster of impressive chants (hear them all at stlouligans.com/chants) and look for their giant flags and banners at the next home game against the Memphis 901 FC on August 6 or against the Charleston Battery on Aug. 10.
2019 INDYCAR-NASCAR DOUBLEHEADER
Do you have a need for speed? Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway, just east of downtown St. Louis in Madison, Illinois, presents a combination of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series EastWest combo race—two races on the same track on the same day, Aug. 24. In addition to America’s best drivers, the third annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 also draws competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The raceway offers plenty of drag strip, oval track and road course action all month, including the Formula Drift on Aug. 9-10.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
No story on sports would be complete without at least one mention of the Cardinals. The flagship enterprise of the St. Louis sports universe, the St. Louis Cardinals are proud owners of 11 World Series championships (the most of any team other than the New York Yankees). This month at Busch Stadium, the Redbirds, as they are affectionately known, continue their quest for one more World Series title and take on the Pittsburgh Pirates Aug. 9-11, the Milwaukee Brewers Aug. 19-21, the Colorado Rockies Aug. 22-25 and Cincinnati Reds Aug. 30-31.
ST. LOUIS GLO RUN
Are you ready to get in on the action? Sign up for the St. Louis Glo Run, a 5K/10K chip-timed race that takes place on Aug. 17 starting at 8:20 pm in beautiful Forest Park. This nighttime race will have you running through blacklit tunnels and unlit portions of Forest Park, so make sure to accessorize with glo sticks and neon colors. Headlamps will be available to purchase at the race. Medals will be awarded for all finishers and winners in each age group.