DEC. 17, 2000
• "Our No. 1 objective is for this to be developed in a way that supports downtown St. Louis and enhances the experience our fans have when they come to the new ballpark." — then-Cardinals President Mark Lamping.
• "Call us when you get your ballpark financed, and we'll be knocking on your door." — Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III, quoting what developers were saying to him.
JUNE 21, 2001
• "If downtown were a shopping center, this would be a Nordstrom's department store." — Dick Fleming, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.
DEC. 16, 2003
• "Imagine the urban experience of shopping or dining in the Ballpark Village, hearing and seeing the cheering crowd, and maybe even catching a home run ball as it sails over the Clark Street fence and bounces into the Plaza of Champions!" — DeWitt III.
JUNE 3, 2005
• "This is going to be one of the largest developments in the Midwest. The idea of living in a place where you could look out the window at home plate is pretty thrilling." — Blake Cordish, vice president of Cordish Co.
JULY 17, 2007
• "There's an expectation that this (project) will be sexy enough that people will want to have a condo in the middle of it." — Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
• "This really is a transformative project." — Mayor Francis Slay.
SEPT. 25, 2007
• "I am very confident that we will have some things ready ... a good chunk of the retail, some restaurants. If it's not, it's not. But if it isn't, it won't be for a lack of trying. We are pushing as hard as we can to get it going." — Dewitt III.
MARCH 27, 2008
• "Everybody wants the city to show its best face and it appears we are going to have a hole there. The question is: 'How do you deal with a hole when you want to showcase the city?'" — Alderman Phyllis Young,
MARCH 27, 2008
• "Our vision has not changed. Ballpark Village will be a world-class mixed-use project that will positively transform the city." — Joint statement from Cardinals and Cordish.
JULY 12, 2008
• "For more than two years, the owners have allowed the property to remain the largest mud hole in any downtown in the Midwest. I consider the condition of the property to be an insult to the citizens of the St. Louis metropolitan area — the same people who helped fund the new baseball stadium." — Alderman Fred Wessels, in a letter to the city's building commissioner.
JAN. 23, 2009
• "It's not a matter of if, but when."— DeWitt III.
MARCH 19, 2009
• "What we are doing right now is making the absolute best of the situation for the All-Star Game. I honestly don't understand why there would be negativity." — DeWitt III, after announcing that Ballpark Village site would be a softball field and parking lot when Cardinals hosted All-Star Game four months later.
• "I am not going to end my tenure as governor with a softball field over the left field fence (of Busch Stadium). " — Gov. Jay Nixon.
JUNE 24, 2009
• "We're going to stick this out." — DeWitt III
DEC. 4, 2009
• "We don't have full confidence that this (financial) market is ready for it yet." — DeWitt III.
DEC. 4, 2010
• "I've stopped making predictions." — DeWitt III, asked when construction would begin.