CHS Field

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CHS Field
CHS Field logo.png
CHS Field Opening Day.jpg
Location 360 Broadway Street
Lowertown Historic District
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°57′0.619″N 93°5′6.355″W / 44.95017194°N 93.08509861°W / 44.95017194; -93.08509861Coordinates: 44°57′0.619″N 93°5′6.355″W / 44.95017194°N 93.08509861°W / 44.95017194; -93.08509861
Public transit Union Depot (METRO Green Line)
Owner City of Saint Paul [1]
Operator St. Paul Saints [1]
Capacity 7,210 [2]
Field size Left Field - 330 feet (100 m)
Center Field - 405 feet (123 m)
Right Field - 320 feet (98 m)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 10 May 2014 (2014-05-10)[3]
Opened 21 May 2015 (2015-05-21)[5][6]
Construction cost $64.7 million USD[2]
Architect Ryan A+E, Inc., AECOM & Snow Kreilich Architects[4]
Main contractors Ryan Companies [1]
Tenants
St. Paul Saints (AA) (2015–present)
Hamline University (MIAC) (2015–present)

CHS Field is a baseball park in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is home to the St. Paul Saints of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, as well as home to Hamline University's baseball team.

History[edit]

Located in the historic Lowertown District of Saint Paul, the park is built upon the former site of a long-vacant industrial-use facility. In September 2012, the stadium was approved for $25 million in funding from the Minnesota Legislature. The remainder of the funding for the $64 million project was shared between the city and the Saints. [7]

The construction of this new ballpark was prompted in part by the deteriorating state of the Saints' original ballpark, Midway Stadium, which was built in 1982.[1] Midway Stadium was located in an industrial area of Saint Paul, near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. A groundbreaking event was held by the Saints on May 10, 2014, with the first concrete being poured on the site. [3]

On September 8, 2014, it was announced that local Fortune 100 business CHS Inc. had acquired the naming rights to the ballpark.[8] The Saints played their first game at the park on May 18, 2015 against the Sioux City Explorers in an exhibition match. The first regular season game was against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on May 21, 2015.[6] On August 2, 2016, CHS Field hosted the American Association All-Star Game.

In July 2017, the field hosted the Minnesota American Legion Baseball State Tournament, which was won by Tri-City Red, with Ham Lake also advancing to the Central Plains Regional Tournament.

Ballpark features[edit]

Exterior of the CHS Field

Beyond left field is a grassy picnic area known as "The Lawn" which can seat 1,000 people. Designed for groups, the picnic area offers a buffet-style selection of food.[9]

CHS Field also boasts several environmentally-friendly features. An estimated twelve percent of the stadium's electricity will be generated by 300 solar panels. A 27,000-gallon rain water collector supplies the park's sprinklers and toilets. Biking to the park is encouraged, with 24 bike racks placed adjacent to the park on Broadway Street. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Lowertown ballpark FAQs". Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chart: CHS Field facts". startribune.com. Star Tribune. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Walsh, James (May 14, 2014). "Concrete work begins on new Lowertown ballpark". Star Tribune. Saint Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Lowertown ballpark". Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Melo, Frederick (July 31, 2014). "St. Paul Saints will share Lowertown ballpark with Hamline U". Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Saint Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Melo, Frederick. "St. Paul Saints ballpark opening game set: May 21". twincities.com. Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Melo, Frederick (13 September 2012). "St. Paul: With $25M in state funding, Saints ballpark in Lowertown is a go". twincities.com. Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Saints' New Home Gets A Name: CHS Field". CBS. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Group ticket information - The Lawn". saintsbaseball.com. St. Paul Saints. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 

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Preceded by
Midway Stadium
Home of the St. Paul Saints
2015
Succeeded by
future