How much did the ballpark cost and how was it funded?
The total cost of the project was $63 million. The City of Saint Paul provided $19 million and a $5 million internal loan, the St. Paul Saints will provided $11 million, and the State of Minnesota provided a $25 million grant for the construction, $2 million in grants for the environmental cleanup work, and a $1 million loan for the project. The Metropolitan Council awarded a $748,100 Livable Communities Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) grant to the City of Saint Paul for environmental remediation efforts.
Who owns and operates the ballpark?
CHS Field is owned by the City of Saint Paul and operated by the St. Paul Saints.
How does the ballpark connect to the Central Corridor Green Line light rail and other transit opportunities?
CHS Field is located three blocks from the Union Depot stop on the Central Corridor Green Line light rail. CHS Field also has access to several bus lines and connects to biking and pedestrian trails.
Can I ride my bike to the ballpark?
Yes, CHS Field is connected to the Bruce Vento Trail. This trail connects to the Gateway State Trail, which goes to Stillwater. Additionally, the Sam Morgan Regional Trail, which travels along the Mississippi River, will be located near the ballpark. Nice Ride stations are also located next to the ballpark.
Who designed and built CHS Field?
Minneapolis-based developer and contractor Ryan Companies provided design and building services for the CHS Field. Ryan’s project team included Minneapolis-based Snow Kreilich Architects, AECOM, and several other subcontractors.
Why was the ballpark built at the Diamond Products/Gillette site?
Although developers explored ways to reuse the Diamond Products/Gillette site for a number of years, a financially feasible plan did not emerge due to the site and building’s size, environmental issues, and unique topography. CHS Field created an opportunity to clean the soil and build a multi-use, year-round facility that fully utilizes the site, creates new connections into downtown, and is compatible with the historic Lowertown neighborhood.
Several other cities have completed similar projects, building minor league ballparks on vacant properties within the city. These ballparks have been a key part of urban revitalization efforts because they have transformed underutilized properties into places that attract visitors as well as commercial and residential development.
Are other baseball teams able to play their games at CHS Field?
In addition to hosting St. Paul Saints games, CHS Field hosts baseball games for the Minnesota State High School League, Hamline University, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), and American Legion teams. The state-of-the-art facility will make it possible for Saint Paul to recruit and host national baseball tournaments, such as the American Legion World Series and the NCAA Division II or III Championships.
Is the ballpark used year-round?
The CHS Field hosts more than 100 non-baseball events annually. Potential events include Winter Carnival activities to world-class concerts to fundraisers.
How can I get a job at CHS Field?
Each season the St. Paul Saints hire hundreds people for a variety of seasonal positions. Please visit the Saints website for more information about job opportunities at CHS Field.
From a leisurely afternoon testing your skills in our batting cages and bullpens to hosting the annual company softball tournament or field day event, CHS Field offers a unique venue to provide a memorable experience for your employees and clients.
Would you like to get out of the board room and into the ballpark? The Securian Club at CHS Field provides a one-of-a-kind location for your next meeting. The Securian Club can seat up to 200 guests and offers audio and video equipment.
CHS Field offers one of the most unique wedding venues in Saint Paul. From ceremonies on home plate to scenic receptions against the glow of the city lights in the Securian Club, CHS Field has options available to accommodate weddings of up to 250 guests.
CHS Field is available for outdoor concerts and festivals. The venue can accommodate up to 12,000 guests by utilizing the field level and fixed seating areas. The warning track and concourse are great for vendors to set up demonstrations and exhibits.