In the early 1980s, the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA) approached Anheuser-Busch, Inc. with an idea for an athletic facility that would provide thousands of youth from the St. Louis area with a place to play and learn soccer, the most popular sport in the world. With the support of Anheuser-Busch and numerous other corporations and businesses in the St. Louis area, the St. Louis Soccer Park became a reality in 1982.
In November 1985, Anheuser-Busch purchased the facility, intending to improve the park and make it one of the finest soccer facilities in the world. Since then, Anheuser-Busch has continued to strive for that goal, and in the process, has created one of the best multiuse centers in the region.
During a 30-month construction, workers improved virtually every aspect of the park as well as adding features. In 1996, the name was officially changed to Anheuser-Busch Conference and Sports Center. The list of improvements and additions can best be described by the one word that appropriately describes the Anheuser-Busch philosophy: quality.
In recent years, the Anheuser-Busch Center has expanded its meeting facilities and upgraded the playing surfaces on its main stadium field and its two artificial turf fields.
The center is also the headquarters of St. Louis Soccer Club (formerly Busch Soccer Club). The club fields teams for players of all ages. The club’s teams have won more state championships and regional playoff berths than any other amateur club in the country during the last 30 years. St. Louis/Busch Soccer Club teams have won 13 national championships, the latest being the under-18 boys in 2004.