ST. LOUIS — Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, has announced that tickets for the 19th annual Winter Warm-Up will be available this week.
The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. It continues Jan. 18 and concludes Jan. 19 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown St. Louis. Times go from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Jan. 17-18 and 9 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Jan. 19.
Beginning Friday, Nov. 28, fans can purchase admission passes for the three-day Winter Warm-Up online at www.cardinals.com/winterwarmup, in the official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium, and at Cardinals Clubhouse stores around St. Louis. Those who order online by Jan. 4 will receive their passes in the mail. Fans who order on/or after Jan. 5 can beat the will call lines by picking up passes at the Busch Stadium ticket windows from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Jan. 12-14. Will call opens on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Hyatt Regency.
The prices for admission passes, which are valid for all three days, will remain the same as the last few years — $40 for fans age 16 and older, $10 for children age 5-15. Children younger than 5 are admitted free of charge. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult pass that must be obtained in person at the official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium or at the event.
Winter Warm-Up raises money for Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable fund with a mission of caring for kids in the Cardinals community. Fans can meet their favorite players at autograph sessions, play interactive games, share memories with Hall-of-Famers, take photos with Fredbird, find collectible memorabilia, bid on items at silent auctions and experience live presentations.
“This year’s Winter Warm-Up promises to be a lot of fun as we celebrate the start of the 2015 season with the reigning NL Central Division champions,” said Michael Hall, executive director of Cardinals Care and vice president of community relations. “Fans will have the opportunity to meet their favorite players, including some of the newest Cardinals, while helping us make a difference for kids in our community.”
Many players’ autographs are free with the admission pass, while others require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation. All autograph tickets will be sold online beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6, and continuing through Jan. 11. Fans can visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup in mid-December for details, including player autograph dates, times and, if required, additional donation amounts. Any remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the Winter Warm-Up. For more information, visit www.cardinals.com/winterwarmup.
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children — both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $20 million to support St. Louis area nonprofit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in disadvantaged neighborhoods. 2014 marks the 11th year of Cardinals Care.