Managers defend St. Louis' Ballpark Village dress code

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Project managers for the new Ballpark Village next to Busch Stadium say they want the entertainment complex to be "family friendly," even as concerns are raised about a strict late-night dress code.

Ballpark Village, featuring nightlife, bars and restaurants, has been years in the making. A grand opening was scheduled Thursday.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported this week that Ballpark Village will have a strict dress code after 9 p.m. It bans, among other things, sweat pants, bandanas, sagging pants, profanity on clothing, sleeveless shirts and even team jerseys -- except on game days.

Alderman Antonio French says discriminating against people based on what they wear "is not a very welcoming message." The Cardinals and co-developer the Cordish Co. say the policy does not target minorities.

Cordish Co. is also the owner and operator of Kansas City’s Power and Light District. They are facing two lawsuits in Kansas City alleging racial discrimination in P&L.

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