After a century and a half, St. Paul's home team is returning to Lowertown.
Since the 1850s, St. Paul's team has had nebulous nicknames, a half-dozen ballparks, and about as many owners. Ticket prices have gone from 50 cents to 16 bucks. The team that moved out of town to eventually morph into the Chicago White Sox will play their first game Thursday at the new CHS Field.
The St. Paul Saints are billing brand-new CHS Field as the “Greenest Ballpark in America.” And while they may get an argument or two from any number of stadiums — including the big-league ballyard at the other end of the Green Line — they make a good case.
The Saint Paul Saints have a new ballfield in St. Paul, CHS Field. Take a tour.
For the first time since 1908 or 1909, there is a ballpark in downtown St. Paul. At the turn of the 20th century, the park was called, for lack of marketing, The Downtown Ballpark (also known as the "Pillbox"), and it sat about where the old Taystee Bakery was, if you remember that. A fire destroyed that little bandbox and the Saints moved to what was then a first version of Lexington Park.
At various points in its history, the Lowertown site of the new CHS Field housed a rail yard, a coal-gasification plant, a slaughterhouse and a shampoo plant. It was one of the 10 most-polluted brownfield sites in the Twin Cities, according to the St. Paul Port Authority.
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.