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The bars in St. Louis’ Ballpark Village don’t want you to wear baseball caps inside

Mar 27, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

Busch Stadium

One would think that a development of bars and restaurants called “Ballpark Village,” located right across the street from a big ol’ ballpark would want to attract baseball fans. According to the Riverfront Times, however, the dress code in most of the bars in the complex doesn’t want folks, you know, wearing the sorts of things you see at the ballpark. Like baseball caps. Really. Here’s the dress code for one of the bars, which is substantially similar to that of all but one of the other bars:

The following is not permitted under our dress code after 9pm: Main Level: sleeveless shirts on men, profanity on clothing, exposed undergarments on men, sweat pants, full sweat suits, excessively long shirts (when standing upright with arms at your side, the bottom of your shirt can not extend below the tip of your fingers), athletic shorts, excessively sagging pants or shorts, and bandanas. Second Level: the above list of prohibited articles of clothing and, in addition: jerseys (sleeved jerseys are permitted in conjunction with a Cardinals game or any other major St. Louis sporting event) and hats.

It’s the hats that kills me. You tellin’ me you can’t leave Busch Stadium after a game and go into a bar wearing a hat?

With the understanding that, on its face, the dress code makes no racial distinctions at all, it is probably worth noting that bans on jerseys without sleeves are clearly aimed at basketball jerseys and all of the saggy/loose clothing rules are often aimed at keeping out a certain, urban-style-oriented element. And as Deadspin notes, the company running Ballpark Village has gotten sued elsewhere for allegedly targeting black patrons and trying to keep them out.

So this should be fun.

  1. Marty McKee - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Wearing baseball caps in bars is clearly not the Cardinal Way.

  2. moogro - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Yea, the long dress shirts one is really weird. That would exclude all of mine.

    • tysonpunchinguterus - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      They probably expect guys to tuck their shirts in if it’s a dress shirt. They’re probably more concerned with long t-shirts that hang down.

  3. tysonpunchinguterus - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    By the way, I’m not sure if it’s been mentioned yet, but it seems like fans can show up in jerseys and caps BEFORE the game if they wish. I would think on most nights that would be when fans would stop at the bar, anyway, since a lot of people have to work in the morning. Maybe it’s an issue on Friday night, but it seems like the owners of the place probably have a better understanding of what type of traffic they are likely to attract at certain times of day and certain days of the week than any of us sitting here discussing it. Now if they start requiring business attire or something like that then it’s probably safe to say that there’s an issue – but I think it’s one that would work itself out through a drop in business over time.

  4. creek0512 - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Not sure why anyone is attacking HBT for this article when the home town Post-Dispatch wrote the exact same article a couple days ago.

  5. sfm073 - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    As a 27 year old st. Louisan who has been to most of the popular bars in the city, I’d like anyone who doesn’t like these rules to go to a bar in stl without a dress code and see how long you stay.

  6. jlinatl - Mar 27, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Woo hooo! Alleged racisim! Sensationalism! Page hits! Ad Dollars!

    It’s pretty damn easy to go somewhere else if you don’t like the dress code. More importantly, if you’ve been drinking during (and before) the game, do you really need to go out near the stadium… wouldn’t you at least be better off going out closer to home? (Either way ideally with a designated driver).

    The article ignores the very real possibility that the strategy is designed to become a destination for people that did not go to the game rather than bringing in a load of people who plan to just milk 1 Bud Light while traffic dies down.

  7. djohnson11882 - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    “Why are you assuming they aren’t dressing for the person they want to meet?

    I’m sure wherever they are there are a few young ladies clad in yoga or pajama pants and flip-flops.”

    You leave yoga pants out of this!!!

  8. renaado - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Only applied in St.Louis……

  9. mpzz - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Well, wait a second here. A cowboy hat is a hat. A top hat is a hat. A derby hat is a hat. A baseball cap is a cap. There’s no such thing as a cowboy cap, a top cap or a derby cap. And there’s no such thing as a baseball hat.
    So I don’t see any problem.

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