New Saints stadium near completion

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The new St. Paul Saints stadium, CHS Field, is 90 percent complete.

The $62 million project will host the Saints first game on May 21st. Sean Aronson, director of Saints media relations, said the new space can seat up to 7,100 people, which is 1,300 more than the old Midway stadium.

The bleachers Saints fans are used to are replaced by folding chairs with cup holder. CHS field also houses a club level, which the Saints have never had before. The club level is for season ticket holders and can be rented for special events. In fact, a bar mitzvah and wedding have already been booked, according to Aronson. There are also four suites, one of which can be rented out nightly.

Meet the Saints’ CHS field, where St. Paul is the star

Imagine a Lowertown warehouse building turned inside out to reveal the dark brick of its hallways, black steel beams and cedar finishes.

That, in a nutshell, is the vision behind St. Paul’s new $63 million ballpark, which will open in May across from the Farmers’ Market.

“You’re never really in the ballpark,” said St. Paul Saints vice president Tom Whaley. “You’re in downtown.”

CHS Field, the future home of the independent league Saints, gave up its secrets Friday during a tour led by Whaley, team founder and co-owner Mike Veeck and team vice president Annie Huidekoper.

 

 

Saints head to new ballpark, bring along the old charm

Mike Veeck was standing in the nearly finished club level of the St. Paul Saints’ nearly finished new Lowertown ballpark, CHS Field, when he was asked his favorite feature. He pointed through the floor-to-ceiling windows toward the downtown Farmers Market just across the street.

“We wanted to make downtown, the Farmers Market, the star,” said Veeck, president and co-owner of the independent baseball team.

Well, that AND the urinals — there are more in just one of the ballpark’s five men’s restrooms than in all of Midway Stadium, the Saints’ old home near the State Fairgrounds.

Em’s Adventures: St. Paul Saints

Believe it or not, we are getting close to opening day for baseball season.  The St. Paul Saints played their last season at Midway last year and opened ground for their new stadium in lowertown in St. Paul.  Emily gets an exclusive look inside the new stadium.

With just three weeks from the Saints moving into their new stadium, the construction workers are putting the finishing touches on it.

Tickets will range from $5-$28 in the main seating bowl of the ballpark.  Last year at Midway they ranged from $5-$22.

Cat Video Festival moves to new Saints stadium

The Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival is digging its claws into the turf of CHS Field, the new St. Paul Saints Stadium on Aug. 12.

The popular feline-centric event celebrates its fourth year with a new roster of videos programmed by Will Braden, the man behind the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and winner of the Internet Cat Video Festival’s inaugural Golden Kitty Award.

Midway Stadium site gets state money for cleanup

While the Saints’ new ballpark continues to rise in downtown St. Paul, plans for their old home at Midway Stadium got a significant boost Tuesday from the state.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced $4.16 million in pollution cleanup or investigative grants to 10 redevelopment sites across the state, including $1.25 million to remediate the old ballpark site near Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.

The 12.9-acre site, once a dump, is co-owned by the St. Paul Port Authority and United Properties. They plan to build a light-industrial building where nearly 200 people can be employed. The redevelopment is expected to increase the tax base by $814,331.

Lowertown Saints stadium to host State American Legion Tournament in 2017

CHS Field will host a four-day State American Legion Tournament in July 2017, St. Paul officials announced Wednesday.

The amateur tournament will host 16 teams between July 28-31, with CHS Field serving as the main field — three other fields will be used during the tournament, according to a release from the city.

“Making the ballpark in Lowertown a field open to all — amateurs and pros, neighbors and visitors from across the state — has been a core principle from the project’s beginning,” St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said in the release.

The event is expected to draw thousands to the downtown area.

It’s the top of the 7th for Saints new ballpark

CHS Field, the new, city-owned St. Paul Saints ballpark now being built in the Lowertown neighborhood, is already 60 percent complete as builders race to a March 11 deadline using a process that shortened their schedule and made changes possible on the fly.

The ballpark was opened for a hard-hat tour this week by the Upper Midwest regional chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America, which represents contractors who can provide both the architecture and construction functions for building projects. One such firm is Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos., which last year beat out a pair of competitors to land the construction contract for the $63 million, 7,000-seat stadium.

St. Paul Saints ballpark will be green, city says

Following the lead of Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium, St. Paul officials are taking steps to ensure the ballpark rising in downtown for the St. Paul Saints will be green.

The city of St. Paul said Thursday that CHS Field will include an array of solar panels to help power the facility, as well as a system to capture nearby rainwater to irrigate the field and flush the toilets in the outfield restrooms.

“I am excited to announce these new initiatives, which will help make CHS Field one of the greenest minor league ballparks in America,” said Mayor Chris Coleman in a prepared statement.

The green systems won’t be cost-effective. Taken together, the solar and water systems add a little more than $1 million to the cost of the $65 million project, while saving only about $24,000 in annual operating costs.

But most of the installation costs are covered by corporate and publicly funded grants, project manager Paul Johnson said. And the bigger picture should be kept in mind as well, he said.