Find Your Seat or Get in the Game
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Fans line the riverbank to watch the paddlers.
Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals
Kauffman Stadium, home of the Royals
Hammons Field, home of the Springfield Cardinals
Lucas Oil Speedway
Diversity is what sports are all about. From something as simple as paddling a kayak (some say that is not so simple) to throwing a baseball at 90 mph to qualifying for Missouri’s “Olympics,” sports offer fans some thrilling entertainment and a chance to take part.
Major League Baseball is well underway. We are all cheering for an all Missouri World Series this year between the Cardinals and the Royals. Get your tickets now to catch (no pun intended) all of the action with Missouri’s three professional baseball teams. The St. Louis Cardinals went to the playoffs last year. Take a guided tour of Busch Stadium and see where everything happens. Be sure to visit the (opened in April 2014) St. Louis Ballpark Village, a huge entertainment and dinning district adjacent to the ballpark.
Across the state, the Kansas City Royals put on a show at Kauffman Stadium. Several different fascinating and informative Stadium Tours are offered. While you are in KC, spend some time at the Power and Light shopping and entertainment district, eight miles west of Kauffman Stadium.
Watch the up-and-comers play when the Springfield Cardinals take the field. This Double-A, minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals is based at Hammons Field. Also in Springfield, a must see for any sports fan is the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, a 15-minute drive from Hammons Field. Whether you’re a sports fanatic or a casual fan, you'll experience all forms of Missouri sports and athletes at their best, up close and personal, when you visit the Hall of Fame.
The official Olympic Winter Games are over, but Missouri’s version of summer Olympics is just around the corner. Recreational athletes can watch and take part in an Olympic-style sports festival with more than 40 sports for all ages and ability levels at the annual Show-Me State Games. Last year, 25,566 people participated in the summer games. For 2014, the 30th Anniversary Show-Me State Games, July 18-20 and 25-27. Most events take place in Columbia. Two outstanding Columbia hot-spots for a casual meal and a cold beer are Flat Branch Pub and Brewing, with a large, tree-shaded patio, and Shakespeare’s Pizza, named the Best College Hangout in the United States, by ABC's Good Morning America.
What is the fastest growing (some say, the most popular) sport in America? Automobile racing. If you like it loud and fast, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, 40 minutes west of Camdenton, is considered by racing insiders to be one of the top five dirt tracks in the nation – you might see the next NASCAR star. The facilities include a drag-boat racing lake. In southeast Missouri, five miles west of Farmington, Doe Run Raceway features go-kart, mini-stock, B-modified and vintage-car races. Thrills and spills are guaranteed at both tracks.