CHS Field Project Details
CHS Field is the official home of the St. Paul Saints and also hosts youth and amateur baseball teams from across the region. The ballpark is about more than just baseball — the facility hosts more than 100 non-baseball events annually.
CHS Field is the next chapter in Saint Paul’s storied history of amateur baseball. The city has been home to a regional ballpark since 1930, beginning with Lexington Park, the original Midway Stadium in the 1950s, and the current Midway Stadium, which was built in 1982.
A true regional economic asset, CHS Field will help Minnesota attract a variety of regional and national events, from college baseball tournaments to world-class concerts. It will build on major public and private investments in downtown Saint Paul to help further revitalize the Lowertown neighborhood. The project will bring 400,000 visitors to downtown Saint Paul, and spur millions of dollars in economic impact annually.
The Saint Paul Port Authority purchased the remaining section of the Diamond Products/Gillette property (at the intersection of Fifth Street and Broadway Street) in July 2012, which was critical to securing city and state funding for the project. After the project was complete, the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Port Authority exchanged ownership of the former Midway Stadium site and the Diamond Products/Gillette property. The Saint Paul Port Authority marketed the 13-acre site as a part of its ongoing efforts to redevelop the industrial property in the area around Midway Stadium and an office park is being developed. This has helped the ballpark project expand the city’s tax base and attract high-paying, quality jobs to Saint Paul.
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 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 City of Saint Paul received two grants for environmental remediation efforts: a $748,100 Livable Communities Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) grant from the Metropolitan Council and a $747,900 Environmental Response Fund grant from Ramsey County.