The Association of the United States Army Military Appreciation Day has been held each year for the past 25 years at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, giving service members, their families and members of the surrounding communities an affordable way to see the St. Louis Cardinals on their home turf.
On Aug. 10, AUSA organizers will host their 26th annual tailgate party and ballgame, which will see the Cardinals take on the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for $15 per person at the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Leisure Travel Office, located in the Exchange Mini Mall in Bldg. 490.
Each ticket includes much more than the game itself, according to Roger Layman with the Fort Leonard Wood chapter of AUSA.
“We have one game a year, and we get tickets that we are able to sell to our military (community) at a discounted price,” Layman said, noting that community support makes the discounts possible.
“Tickets are $15 each, which includes a tailgate party that starts at 1 p.m. It is free, and they have all kinds of drinks, food, vendors on site and games set up. It’s a great event,”Layman said. “Our local chapter of AUSA does this in coordination with the St. Louis chapter, who handles most of the details of the tailgate party.”
Following the tailgate party, Fort Leonard Wood will be featured during pre-game activities.
“During the opening ceremony, we’ll have our Joint Services Color Guard and the 399th Army Band (on the field), and a command group (representative) will throw out a first pitch,” Layman said.
Layman added that the AUSA Military Appreciation Night is the same night as a cap giveaway at Busch Stadium. “So, you get all that for a $15 ticket price and parking, which is a minimal cost,” he said.
For more information about the AUSA Military Appreciation Day game, call the Leisure Travel Office at 573.329.8587, Layman at 573.528.0079 or Steve Ehrhardt at 417.353.0694.