CHS Field Project
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 provide $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.
CHS Field design
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 of people for a variety of seasonal positions. Please visit the Saints website for more information about job opportunities at CHS Field.
What is your bag policy?
We want your entrance to CHS Field to be as smooth as possible. While we don't have a size limitation, your bag is subject to inspection. Please do not bring in any coolers, but backpacks, purses, totes, man bags, murses, and similar type bags are allowed.
Can I bring in outside food and beverages?
Unfortunately, no outside food or beverages are allowed at CHS Field. HOWEVER, you can bring in water and baby formula. If you have specific dietary needs please contact the Saints office at 651-644-6659 prior to the event you're attending.
Do you have a mother's nursing room?
Yes we have a Mother's Nursing Room located behind Section 116 and Family Restrooms located behind Sections 107 and 112.
Can I smoke/vape at CHS Field?
We realize we were one of the last teams that allowed you to smoke at our ballpark (Midway Stadium), but here in CHS Field if you really feel the need to smoke and/or vape we ask that you exit the ballpark, head east on 94 and when you hit the border of Wisconsin, pull over, exit the car and smoke away.
Do you have a lost and found?
Have no fear, our cleaning crew does a clean sweep of the ballpark. Anything that is left behind is handed off to our front office. Please contact us at 651-644-6659.