The Cordish Companies, St. Louis Cardinals, And Ballpark Village Announces Long Term Extension Of FOX Sports Midwest Partnership

Aug 11, 2015, 09:24 ET from The Cordish Companies

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cordish Companies, the St. Louis Cardinals and Ballpark Village announced a fifteen-year extension of its partnership with FOX Sports Midwest. FOX Sports Midwest is the naming sponsor of FOX Sports Midwest Live!, the epicenter of the hugely successful Ballpark Village.

FOX Sports Midwest Live! is a multi-faceted 40,000 square foot venue that is the heartbeat of St. Louis sports, featuring a television studio facing Busch Stadium, a restaurant and entertainment venue focused around a state-of-the-art, 40-foot high-definition LED screen, a 200-seat restaurant and a VIP seating area -- all under a 100-foot long retractable glass roof – one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Chase Martin, Development Director for The Cordish Companies, commented, "We are incredibly excited to announce a long term extension of our partnership with FOX Sports Midwest as the naming sponsor of FOX Sports Midwest Live! FOX Sports Midwest Live! has established itself as the home of professional, collegiate and amateur sports in St. Louis. FOX Sports Midwest Live! has been a huge part of the tremendous success of Ballpark Village and we are thrilled to extend our partnership for fifteen years. This announcement obviously speaks volumes to FOX Sports Midwest, Ballpark Village, The Cordish Companies and the St. Louis Cardinals commitment to being a major part of the St. Louis community for the long term."

Additionally, FOX Sports Midwest and the St. Louis Cardinals announced a new long-term television rights agreement, which will begin in 2018 and run 15 seasons through the 2032 season. FOX Sports Midwest and the Cardinals are currently in their 22nd season of their successful TV partnership, the fifth season in which FOX Sports Midwest has served as the exclusive local home TV of the team. Cardinals' telecasts on FOX Sports Midwest generated the highest local market television ratings in Major League Baseball in 2014.

"FOX Sports Midwest Live! is the ultimate sports and entertainment experience," said Bill DeWitt, III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals. "The Cordish Companies and Cardinals set out to create a year-round destination like nothing else in the sports world. FOX Sports Midwest's extension of their Ballpark Village sponsorship validates this exciting new concept and also demonstrates their commitment to all St. Louis sports fans."

About Ballpark Village
Ballpark Village, located in the heart of St. Louis' central business district, features flagship anchors Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum and Budweiser Brew House and Beer Garden.  At the heart of Ballpark Village in FOX Sports Midwest Live!, a year-round gathering place and plaza featuring a state-of-the-art, 40-foot high-definition LED screen with two new 15-foot televisions flanking either side, a 200-seat restaurant and a VIP seating area, all under a 100-foot long retractable glass roof – the largest of its kind in the country.  Ballpark Village, which brought in over 6 million visitors last year, offers two additional one-of-a-kind experiences including the AT&T Rooftop, a 300-seat deck that looks directly into the stadium and Busch II Infield, an outdoor event plaza laid out along the same lines as the Old Busch Stadium baseball diamond, now complete with a new outdoor stage for 4,000 people.  In future phases, Ballpark Village will offer luxury residential units and over 750,000 square feet of office space.  Once completed, Ballpark Village will be a $750 million development. For more information, please visit www.stlballparkvillage.com.

About The Cordish Companies
The Cordish Companies' origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Real Estate Development, Gaming & Hospitality, Entertainment Management and International Urban Planning. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies' prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore's world famous Inner Harbor; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family's core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. www.cordish.com  

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