There will be very little shade in the Coca Cola Scoreboard patio at Busch Stadium. The seats face towards the West, and with no overhanging structure, this area will see some of the longest exposure to the sun.
The food and beverage stations are located under cover and will have ample shade available, but from the viewing area there will very little protection from the sun during a day game at Busch Stadium.
These seats are further from home plate than most sections at the ballpark, so binoculars would be a nice option to have, but are not absolutely necessary. You will be able to follow all the action around the infield and outfield, but pinpointing the exact position where a pitch crossed home plate will be difficult. For a view from these seats, you can visit the Cardinals 360 Views page and open the link for the Coca-Cola Scoreboard Patio.