St. Paul, MN
|Team: St. Paul Saints||League: American Association|
|Opening Day: May 21, 2015||Cost: $64.7 million|
|Capacity: 7,210||Dimensions: LF 330 CF 405 RF 320|
|Owner: City of St. Paul||Architect: Ryan A+E, Inc., AECOM and Snow Kreilich (Minneapolis)|
|Contractor: Ryan Companies (Minneapolis)|
This is a really nice park. When I look at it, I feel as though it's "sparse" but it's just an openness that makes it feel like you are at your buddy's back yard wiffle ball game. The park itself is very dark, almost too dark with wooden ceilings. You can walk around the entire place with great views of the field. There are parks inside the park where you can enjoy your food or separate yourself from the crowd or let your kid run around. They do a nice job using food trucks to spread out the concessions. The park fits seamlessly in the historic Lowertown neighborhood.
In September 2012, the Minnesota State Legislature approved $25 million funding for a new Saints ballpark. The remander of the just under $65 millon cost was split between the Saints and the City of St. Paul. The park was built because the Saints outgrew Midway Stadium (II) which was built for Hamline University, not professional ball. CHS Field has many environmental friendly features, such as 300 solar panels, which generate 12% of the stadium's electricity and a 27,000 gallon rain water collector that provides the water for the field and toilets. Unfortunately, the same bantering announcers are still there, and their act gets old fast.
© 2016-17 Paul Healey.