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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KFVS) -

This is the first time in history the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will face each other in the postseason. 

There are no remaining tickets available for the games at Busch. There are already counterfeit playoff tickets in the area. Joe Strohm, Vice President of ticket sales with the Cardinals, says the sure way to know that your ticket is real is to either buy it from the Cardinals at cardinals.com/postseason or StubHub.com.

Fans can watch Games 1 and 2 on TBS or listen on the radio to the flagship station KMOX (1120 AM) and the 140 Cardinals Radio Network stations to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney.

Here is everything you need to know if you're going to the game. 

Game 1 - Friday, Oct. 9 schedule:

Game 1 is Friday night at Busch Stadium, with first pitch at 5:45 p.m. Fans can watch the game on TBS.

  • 1:45 - 4:15 p.m. Official Cardinals Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Lot, located at Clark and Eighth Street
  • Gates open 2 ½ hours prior to first pitch at 3:15 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals rally towel
  • Pregame Ceremony starts at 5:10 p.m., approximately 30 minutes prior to first pitch

It's a friendly baseball rivalry for many in the Heartland. The starting pitchers for Game 1(Cardinals John Lackey and the Cubs Jon Lester) are close friends off the field. Both won World Championship rings with Boston in the 2013 World Series when the Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 4 games to 2. Both say their friendship will be put on hold when they oppose each other in Friday's game. They could meet again if the series gets to game 5.  

Game 2 - Saturday, Oct. 10 schedule:

Game 2 is Saturday at Busch Stadium at 4:37 p.m.. Fans can watch the game on TBS.

  • 12:30 - 3 p.m. Official Cardinals Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Lot, located at Clark and Eighth Street
  • Gates open at 2 p.m., approximately 2 ½ hours prior to first pitch
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals rally towel courtesy of Edward Jones
  • Pregame Ceremony starts approximately 30 minutes prior to first pitch at 4 p.m.

Game 3 - Monday, Oct. 12 at Wrigley Field. Fans can watch the game on TBS.

Security

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told St. Louis reporters he’s spent the week planning and researching ways to ensure the safety and protection of those who plan to attend the game.

Slay said that includes an added police presence around downtown with the possibility of overtime to officers.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says they are added extra patrols in the entire downtown area.

There will officers in uniform and in plain clothes.

The organization Downtown STL, Inc. will also have guides out to help walk people to their vehicles before and after the game.

“There is going to be a really visible presence of security down here. You’ll see the guides down here. You’ll see many more police probably than you are used to seeing, ” said Missy Kelley, Downtown STL, Inc. spokesperson.

Guides will be available from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Friday and then from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. To request a guide call 1-314-280-4817.

Metro also plans to beef up security over the weekend.

Parking

If you want to park close to Busch Stadium, you're looking at $40 for parking. 

You'll likely save a few bucks if you park further away, but just add some walk time. 

MoDOT has limited roadwork when the Cardinals are at home during the NLDS playoffs. Fans can expect no significant traffic impacts due to construction on Missouri interstates heading into Busch Stadium or heading home.

Still, game time is right at rush hour, so leave early and and think about carpooling.

The St. Louis Cardinals posted even more information on their website.

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