CHS Field in downtown St. Paul is almost ready for baseball.
Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. US Inc., the design-build contractor for the new $63 million home of the St. Paul Saints, is putting the finishing touches on the 7,000-seat venue on the once polluted property at Fifth and Broadway streets in the Lowertown area.
Though Ryan is still doing a few “punch list” items, the ballpark has a certificate of occupancy and the Saints’ corporate offices are in the building, Brad Meyer, spokesman for the city of St. Paul’s Parks and Recreation Department, said Thursday.
Hamline University – one of the ballpark’s tenants – could play the first game there next month, weather permitting, Meyer said. The Saints will take the field for the first time May 21.
Before the ballpark sees its first pitch, however, a few more small construction tasks need to be completed. Items on the to-do list include some “grass-related things” and installation of solar panels, Meyer said.
The city of St. Paul owns the ballpark and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department is overseeing construction. Construction started last spring after the 650,000-square-foot former Diamond Products building on the site was demolished.
Funding sources include $24 million from the city of St. Paul ($19 million plus a $5 million internal loan), $28 million from state sources ($25 million grant, $2 million in state environmental cleanup money, and a $1 million loan) and $11 million from the Saints.
Besides Ryan, the project team includes Minneapolis-based Snow Kreilich Architects, AECOM and numerous subcontractors.
Below is a slide show of photos of CHS Field by staff photographer Bill Klotz: