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CHS Field

St Paul, MN

Home of the St. Paul Saints

4.6

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CHS Field (map it)
360 Broadway St
St Paul, MN 55101


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Year Opened: 2015

Capacity: 7,000

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CHS Field-It's more than just a ballpark

If there was ever a ballpark benefiting to a baseball club, then CHS Field is just the place. The home of the St. Paul Saints of the American Association opened its doors in 2015 continuing the tradition of baseball and fun in the capital city.

CHS Field replaced the outdated Midway Stadium that had been home to the club since its inception in 1993. It was a rudimentary structure located in an industrial section of the city that fans packed each night generating a level of excitement rivaled to only a few in minor league baseball.

Eventually, the time came for a modern age facility for St.Paul, one that would feature suites, lounge areas, open and wrap around concourses, a digital scoreboard, and a downtown location. A vacant lot was picked in the Lowertown section of town and $64 million later a glossy new marvel of a facility rose to perfection.

The stadium offers 7,210 seats, a grassy picnic area that can accommodate up to 1,000 people, 32 beers from 16 different breweries, and adorning views of the district warehouses and city skyscrapers. The facility fits quite comfortably into its surroundings with outfield views of I-94 in the distance.

The design of the ballpark itself is quite appealing; instead of your basic red brick and hunter green seats, it features cedar red ceilings, black colored brick, and steel metal plates. The seats themselves are done in shades of black and grey, with the occasional yellow for accent. It blends in handsomely with the surrounding buildings, but stands out among the numerous minor league ballparks of North America.

4.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

There is a decadent amount of food at CHS Field, so many, that it would be wise to shop around before making your final selection. There are numerous options that can easily be "must haves" at the ballpark.

Fries and Pies offers mini fried apple pie, flatbread pizza, pork chop on a stick, cheese curds, and a fried walleye sandwich. The Burger Depot provides half-pound burgers topped with sweet and savory toppings. The Lowertown Burger is topped with bourbon barbecue sauce, pot roast, and giant onion rings. You can also find the Minnesota State Fair favorite pronto pup - a hot dog dipped with flour or pancake batter - just don't call it a corn dog.

In center field there is Mud's BBQ offering barbecue pork sandwiches, beef ribs, and rib tips. On the lighter side, the Sandwich Lot has low calorie selections including slice panini sandwiches with turkey, cranberry cream cheese and wild rice and the Asian inspired vegetable lettuce wraps.

Steakadelphia offers giant cheesesteak sandwiches, or cheesesteak nachos served in a batting helmet. The Dog Park tops its giant grilled hot dogs with kimchi, cheddar cheese, baked beans, or bacon.

The Beer Dabbler, a quasi beer garden, featuring long wait times, has 16 beers on tap from local breweries 612 Brew, Tin Whiskers, Third Street, Bent Paddle, and Flat Earth, but it's going to take some time. The Twin Cities biggest brewery Surly Brewing Company, has its own stand inside the ballpark.

Local products are highlighted including two of the Twin Cities most popular brewers Surly and Summit. The lines are also long for Snuffy's Malt Shop, but the thick and frothy malts seem well worth the $7 price tag. Ginkgo Coffeehouse, a fixture with the team since its inception, can also be found just inside the park's entrance. Von Hanson Meats offer locally made sausages and you can wash it down with an ice cold bottle of Killebrew Root Beer.

There are a lot more choices offered at CHS Field and it should be noted that one can also grab a basic hot dog, peanut, fries, or nachos. Coca-Cola products are served throughout the building.

Atmosphere    5

The atmosphere at the Saints' former ballpark was memorable, but CHS Field kicks it up a few thousand degrees. The team management and colorful cast of characters creates an ambiance that is 100% St. Paul Saints.

Fans line up early before the game finding parking spots in nearby lots or on the city streets; perhaps they have grabbed a drink at one of the nearby restaurants, or are coming directly from a long day at the office. Upon reaching the gates to CHS Field there is music playing, tables set up offering free hot dogs on Wednesday nights, and the sweet sound of cacophony as game time approaches.

Inside the gates visitors are welcomed by staff, mascots, and colorful individuals who have taken up residency here at the ballpark. One of those offbeat characters is named Seigo who sings to the crowd during the 6th inning and later tosses out candy bars from the press box after the 7th inning stretch. Gert the Flirt provides lipstick laden kisses to lucky fans, and Kristoffer Olsen and Errinn Liebhard are known as The Nerd and Nerdette. Their awkward dance moves and quirky cheering have made them a staple at Saints' games.

There is a souvenir shop set up near the right field entrance, a large boat that serves as a party patio, standing room seating in back of the right field wall, and plenty of in between inning promotions to keep fan interest going all nine innings.

Neighborhood    5

The Lowertown section of St. Paul has multiple places to visit before or after the game that include fancy restaurants, breweries, and popular tourist destinations.

The Handsome Hog is a contemporary Southern cuisine restaurant serving crispy pig tails, roasted hog jowls, and over 100 bottles of bourbon. The Hog also features a Meat Bar to go along with the norms of chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits. The Black Dog Cafe is a few steps from CHS Field featuring soups, sandwiches, and salads, along with beer and wine selections

The Ox Cart Ale House provides guest rooftop seating and full course meals. Tin Whiskers is one of the many breweries in town; if you mention you are heading to the ballpark, they will take a buck of your pint. The city's most popular brewery Summit Brewing Company has a beer hall opened Thursday-Sunday featuring tastings, food trucks, and tours of the facility.

There are also many great museums including the Children's Museum, Minnesota History Center, Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices.

Fans    5

The fans have responded with average attendance well over 8,000 for regular season games at CHS Field. The fan base have been ardent supporters since the inaugural season of 1993 and it does not appear fleeting anytime soon. The folks are highly entertained by the game day atmosphere, the variable options of food and beverage, and the wacky gimmicks that take place between innings. They are a satisfied bunch who treat a night out at a Saints game as tops on their entertainment options in the Twin Cities.

Access    4

CHS Field is a wraparound concourse facility providing much more room to move around that its predecessor. The main concourses can get packed and movement around certain concession areas like the Fries & Pies and Snuffy's stand can require some finagling; however, the stadium features well marked signs for seating areas, bathrooms, and concessions.

Return on Investment    4

The price of a ticket to a Saints game starts at $5 for game day purchases of berm seating. The price increases to $6 for the bleacher seating and doubles for the bar stool seats in the drink rail seats at the top of each section in the concourse. The outfield reserved seats are $14, infield reserve seats cost $16, and the capital box seats are a whopping $28. Parking at nearby city lots range from $7-$25 a car.

Another option is arriving by mass transit to the ballpark. CHS Field is located three blocks from the Union Depot stop on the Central Corridor Green Line light rail. Metro Transit local routes 21, 54, 63 and 70 and Express route 94 serve CHS Field. MVTA Routes 480, 484 and 489 also serve the Union Depot Transit Station. Fares cost $1.75 during non rush hours and $2.25 during rush hour.

Extras    4

The black coated brick and steel coated colors that adorn the main concourse area of the ballpark. The topper is the red cedar ceilings with painted seating section numbers that blend in well with the area's warehouses and buildings.

CHS Field is eco-friendly green and features tree trenches and rain gardens that filter and collect runoff water to help irrigate the field and flush toilets. There are also 300 solar panels above left field that provide at least 12% of electricity and powers the scoreboard and eight light towers. The Saints also hope to recycle 90% of the ballpark waste and have set up multiple bins where fans can recycle waste.

The collection of individuals who make up the Entertainment Team at CHS Field are worth noting. Whether it's the mascot Mudonna, Little Red Porkette, or Girt the Flirt, there is someone of interest at every game.

The 17,585 square Lowertown Dog Park that is adjacent to the stadium is worth an extra mention. The expanded area features drinking fountains, space for dogs to run, and a few spots for humans to gather and watch the game.

Final Thoughts

CHS Field is the whole kit and caboodle-a ballpark that has almost everything imaginable for the customer. It will only be a matter of time before something new or innovating takes residency at the ballpark. From food, aesthetics, scenery, and location, it's an environmentally cautious facility that is more than just a ballpark.

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Crowd Reviews

Saints Have New Ballpark, But Same Fun

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

The St. Paul Saints are, by far, one of the more unique sports franchises in the Twin Cities. An independent minor league team in the American Association, their ranks have hosted a number of former professional players such as J.D. Drew, Kevin Millar, Jack Morris, Leon “Bull” Durham, and Darryl Strawberry and they are owned, in part, by comedian and actor, Bill Murray. Their former “friendly confines” at Midway Stadium, in which they resided until this season, used to take pride in the train tracks that were directly outside the left field fence and, in fact, often ran promotions and drawings if a player was able to plunk a home run off of a passing train car.

Speaking of their promotions, in the past they have played a game without umpires (an exhibition game against the Gary SouthShore Railcats that saw a judge call balls and strikes from behind the pitcher and a jury of 12 little leaguers make calls at first and third), a National Hot Dog Day celebration that parodied Anthony Weiner by giving away “Tweeting Weiner” boxer shorts, as well as other off color promotions to “celebrate” the current events of the United States.

In short, if you’re going to see the Saints in action, prepare yourself to have fun.

CHS Field-More than Just a Ballpark

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

If there was ever a ballpark benefiting to a baseball club, then CHS Field is just the place. The home of the St. Paul Saints of the American Association opened its doors in 2015 continuing the tradition of baseball and fun in the capital city.

CHS Field replaced the outdated Midway Stadium that had been home to the clubs since its inception in 1993. It was a rudimentary structure located in an industrial section of the city that fans packed each night generating a level of excitement rivaled to only a few in minor league baseball.

Eventually, the time came for a modern age facility for St.Paul, one that would feature suites, lounge areas, open and wrap around concourses, a digital scoreboard, and a downtown location. A vacant lot was picked in the Lowertown section of town and $64 million later a glossy new marvel of a facility rose to perfection.

The stadium offers 7,210 seats, a grassy picnic area that can accommodate up to 1,000 people, 32 beers from 16 different breweries, and adorning views of the district warehouses and city skyscrapers. The facility fits quite comfortably into its surroundings with outfield views of I-94 in the distance.

The design of the ballpark itself is quite appealing; instead of your basic red brick and hunter green seats, it features cedar red ceilings, black colored brick, and steel metal plates. The seats themselves are done in shades of black and grey, with the occasional yellow for accent. It blends in handsomely with the surrounding buildings, but stands out among the numerous minor league ballparks of North America.

CHS Field-More than Just a Ballpark

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

If there was ever a ballpark benefiting to a baseball club, then CHS Field is just the place. The home of the St. Paul Saints of the American Association opened its doors in 2015 continuing the tradition of baseball and fun in the capital city.

CHS Field replaced the outdated Midway Stadium that had been home to the clubs since its inception in 1993. It was a rudimentary structure located in an industrial section of the city that fans packed each night generating a level of excitement rivaled to only a few in minor league baseball.

Eventually, the time came for a modern age facility for St.Paul, one that would feature suites, lounge areas, open and wrap around concourses, a digital scoreboard, and a downtown location. A vacant lot was picked in the Lowertown section of town and $64 million later a glossy new marvel of a facility rose to perfection.

The stadium offers 7,210 seats, a grassy picnic area that can accommodate up to 1,000 people, 32 beers from 16 different breweries, and adorning views of the district warehouses and city skyscrapers. The facility fits quite comfortably into its surroundings with outfield views of I-94 in the distance.

The design of the ballpark itself is quite appealing; instead of your basic red brick and hunter green seats, it features cedar red ceilings, black colored brick, and steel metal plates. The seats themselves are done in shades of black and grey, with the occasional yellow for accent. It blends in handsomely with the surrounding buildings, but stands out among the numerous minor league ballparks of North America.

CHS Field-More than Just a Ballpark

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

If there was ever a ballpark benefiting to a baseball club, then CHS Field is just the place. The home of the St. Paul Saints of the American Association opened its doors in 2015 continuing the tradition of baseball and fun in the capital city.

CHS Field replaced the outdated Midway Stadium that had been home to the clubs since its inception in 1993. It was a rudimentary structure located in an industrial section of the city that fans packed each night generating a level of excitement rivaled to only a few in minor league baseball.

Eventually, the time came for a modern age facility for St.Paul, one that would feature suites, lounge areas, open and wrap around concourses, a digital scoreboard, and a downtown location. A vacant lot was picked in the Lowertown section of town and $64 million later a glossy new marvel of a facility rose to perfection.

The stadium offers 7,210 seats, a grassy picnic area that can accommodate up to 1,000 people, 32 beers from 16 different breweries, and adorning views of the district warehouses and city skyscrapers. The facility fits quite comfortably into its surroundings with outfield views of I-94 in the distance.

The design of the ballpark itself is quite appealing; instead of your basic red brick and hunter green seats, it features cedar red ceilings, black colored brick, and steel metal plates. The seats themselves are done in shades of black and grey, with the occasional yellow for accent. It blends in handsomely with the surrounding buildings, but stands out among the numerous minor league ballparks of North America.

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Handsome Hog  (map it!)

203 6th St E

St Paul, MN 55101

(651) 340-7710

http://handsomehog.com/

Summit Brewing Company  (map it!)

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St. Paul, MN 55101

(651) 265-7800

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Bade Weather Brewing Company  (map it!)

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Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar  (map it!)

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St Paul, MN 55101

(651) 228-9274

http://blackdogstpaul.com/

St Paul Farmers Market  (map it!)

290 East 5th Street

St Paul, MN 55101

(651) 227-8101

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Local Entertainment

Minnesota History Center  (map it!)

345 W Kellogg Blvd

St Paul, MN 55101

(651) 259-3000

http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/

Minnesota Children's Museum  (map it!)

10 7th St W

St Paul, MN 55101

(651) 225-6000

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Museum of Questionable Medical Devices  (map it!)

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St Paul, MN 55101

(651) 221-9444

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Lodging

Saint Paul Hotel  (map it!)

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St Paul, MN 55101

(651) 292-9292

https://www.saintpaulhotel.com/

Days Inn St. Paul-Minneapolis-Midway  (map it!)

1964 University Ave W

St Paul, MN 55101

(651) 645-8681

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Best Western Plus Bandana Square  (map it!)

010 Bandana Blvd W

St Paul, MN 55101

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