03/28/2011 12:08 PM ET
Cardinals cancel Tuesday's exhibition game in Springfield
St. Louis to play two games in 2012 at Hammons Field
ST. LOUIS - March 28, 2011 - The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they are cancelling the exhibition game against the team's Double-A Affiliate Springfield Cardinals scheduled for tomorrow night, March 29th due to forecasted inclement weather.
"We are very disappointed that we have to cancel the exhibition game, but we have a responsibility to ensure that our players have safe playing conditions," said Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak. "Given the forecast, we do not feel we have any other choice than to cancel the game"
The game time forecast calls for rain and temperatures in the low/mid 30s.
"We enjoy such great fan support in Springfield," said Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa, "I know the players are particularly disappointed, but this is the right call."
The Cardinals have announced that they will schedule two exhibition games against the Springfield Cardinals at Hammons Field next season. Details will be forthcoming when the team announces its 2012 Spring Training schedule. "While we are disappointed that we will not be able to showcase the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals at Hammons Field on Tuesday, we are excited that they will be back for two games in 2012," said Springfield Cardinals Vice President and General Manger Matt Gifford. "Cardinal fans are the best in the country and I'm sure they will be saddened with this news but I hope they understand the unusual circumstances," said Gifford.
As a goodwill gesture for all fans who purchased tickets from the Cardinals for the cancelled game, they will receive via mail a voucher entitling them to a ticket to a 2011 St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium or a 2011 Springfield Cardinals game at Hammons Field for each ticket they purchased.
Fans that purchased tickets from the Springfield Cardinals for the March 29, 2011 game wishing to guarantee their tickets for a 2012 exhibition game with the St. Louis Cardinals will not need to take any action.
Tickets purchased from the Springfield Cardinals will be transferred into a 2012 exhibition game in the same ticket location currently held and new tickets for the 2012 game will be mailed to the original ticket buyer prior to next season.
Fans wishing to receive a refund for tickets purchased to the 2011 Springfield Cardinals vs. St. Louis Cardinals game scheduled for March 29th can return the original tickets to Hammons Field for a refund of the ticket price. Refunds will be issued to the original ticket buyer via the original payment method. Tickets purchased with a credit or debit card will have a credit issued to the same card and tickets paid with cash or check will be issued a refund check from the St. Louis Cardinals. Credit/Debit Card refunds will appear on customer accounts within 7 days of ticket return. Check refunds will be issued within 2-3 weeks of ticket return. Fans returning tickets and receiving a refund will not have priority or guarantees for the 2012 game.
While the game has been cancelled, the Cardinals have made arrangements to honor their commitment to raise money for the Miracle Field at Dan Kinney Park. The team will auction jerseys signed by the St. Louis Cardinals players at an upcoming game, with all the proceeds to benefit a capital campaign for an accessible ball field for the disabled in Springfield.