Today is Opening Day at CHS Field, and I couldn’t be more excited to see the ballpark filled with fans and families, enjoying a hot dog and watching a baseball game. But this scene would not be possible without the support of the entire community.
Your investment in our community is already having a huge impact on the Lowertown neighborhood – bringing thousands of people downtown and stimulating economic development across the city.
With your support, and with the leadership and advocacy of legislators, Saint Paul City Councilmembers and Governor Mark Dayton alike, the vision and dream of a community ballpark in downtown Saint Paul has become a reality.
It took plenty of hard work and partnership to get here. From cleaning up the land, to making sure we were adding a sustainable, accessible asset to our community, this project involved constant collaboration.
The Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Metropolitan Council, Ramsey County, the Saint Paul Port Authority, Xcel Energy, the Lowertown Ballpark Design and Construction Committee, and the Capitol Region Watershed District were all integral to turning a decades-old, contaminated industrial site into one of the greenest, most accessible and most beautiful minor league ballparks in the nation. With their help, this ballpark boasts more than just a green field and four bases – it has public art, a dog park, a rainwater capture system, community space and new access points to trails, and local businesses – all things that create a seamless coming together of Saint Paul and CHS Field.
Members of the business community – including the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce – were also steadfast champions of a downtown, community ballpark. Their advocacy efforts on behalf of the ballpark were critical to securing state, city and private funding.
A ballpark is not a ballpark without baseball teams. Thank you to the St. Paul Saints for their incredible vision for the ballpark and their commitment to providing affordable fun for our community. A special welcome to the Hamline University Piper baseball team, which will play its home games at CHS Field. Both teams’ financial contributions to the ballpark were critical to the public-private partnership that drove the development of the facility.
Most importantly, I want to thank YOU. CHS Field would not be possible without the support of the entire community.
Let’s play ball!
Mayor Chris Coleman