New and revitalized delights in St. Louis
- February 11, 2023
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Located in the Downtown West neighborhood of St. Louis, City Park is the first post-pandemic athletic facility to be built. The $458 million, 22,500-seat soccer-specific facility will be home to St. Louis City SC, an expanding Major League Soccer franchise, and the first MLS team to be majority-owned by women. The first game is scheduled for February 25, but City Park will be open for watch parties and facility tours before the game.
Ballpark Village, St. Louis’ athletic center, is adjacent to Busch Stadium and recently completed its $210 million Phase 2 expansion, with Phase 3 already in the planning stages and focused on large residential projects.
The Brickline is a 20-mile greenway that runs west from the St. Louis Arch to Forest Park. This greenway will eventually connect 17 different neighborhoods. The almost complete 1-mile route from City Park to Harris-Stowe University, the city’s only historically black college and university, tells the story of Mill Creek Valley, the predominantly black neighborhood that was once home to 20,000 residents and hundreds of businesses lived and which was demolished in 1959. The lavishly landscaped path features work by local and national artists such as Damon Davis, honoring former MCV residents and sparking conversations for a more inclusive future.
Something is blooming at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and it’s not just the plants. The relaxing experience was made even more alive with the completion of the $100 million Gateway to the Garden expansion, which includes a brand new 90,000 square foot visitor center, the Emerson Conservatory with its permanent exhibit of Mediterranean plants, and the Sassafras Cafe with its panoramic view the garden, a garden gift shop and the new Bayer Event Center, which will be used for educational forums and conferences.
City Foundry, a 15-acre live workspace that opened in 2021 with Foundry Food Hall, will be expanded to include an outpost of the intimate City Winery concert venue. City Winery’s City Foundry location will feature a 175-seat event venue and a 70-seat restaurant with an additional 50 al fresco seats. Highlights within the venue include the company’s beer tap system with eco-friendly wine glasses straight from stainless steel kegs; a pizza bar; and a coffee roasting station. The venue can also accommodate private events for up to 300 standing guests.
Experience the majors and minors of Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms within the confines of the planned renovation and expansion of historic Powell Hall. In one of America’s most acoustically remarkable and visually stunning concert halls, renovations will enhance the listening experience from orchestra-level seating and create a more intimate experience for guests. Originally named the St. Louis Theater, Powell Hall began its journey as a movie theater in 1925 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. The renovation and expansion plans are expected to be completed in 2025, in time for the building’s 100th anniversary.
A $210 million expansion of the downtown America’s Center convention complex has begun and will include the largest 61,000-square-foot ballroom in the Midwest and an 80,000-square-foot outdoor plaza and amphitheater. The Dome at America’s Center will host the return of the XFL Football League, now owned by actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, with the St. Louis BattleHawks starting play this month after a three-year absence.
Several new cultural experiences and art exhibitions are on view at the Contemporary Art Museum and the St. Louis Art Museum. Art in Bloom, the St. Louis Art Museum’s annual celebration of flowers and fine arts, returns as an in-person festival March 3-5. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2023, the Saint Louis Art Fair is the destination for quality fine art and captivating live performances.
Known for its spectacular views of the iconic Gateway Arch, the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis announced an enhanced guest experience after a fresh, contemporary redesign of all of its 200 guest rooms and suites. This renovation follows the recent remodeling of the first floor arrivals lobby and the eighth floor sky lobby, as well as the addition of the signature Cinder House restaurant.
21c Museum Hotels is renovating the historic YMCA building in downtown St. Louis and expects to open the 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis in Spring 2023. Guests can now book for visits beginning June 21st.