I’ve lived in lowertown since well before it was named the “Top Hipster Zip Code” by a real-estate research firm, pointing out what locals already knew: The neighborhood is on the rise. A crop of new restaurants is building on the city’s foodie cred, established more than 100 years ago by its destination-worthy farmers’ market. The light rail is set to begin service this summer, and a new Saints ballpark is in the works. But Lowertown’s hip is an accessible sort; you don’t need a fixed-gear bike to enjoy its charms. To prove as much, I spent a day touring my backyard with my dad—a man decidedly against cycling (“too dangerous”) who hasn’t worn denim, skinny or otherwise, in more than 40 years.
St. Paul and Ryan Cos. have signed off on a $43.8 million contract to finally construct the St. Paul Saints’ downtown ballpark, with Ryan responsible for any cost overruns involving labor or materials.
The new Saints ballpark will feature one of two art designs, and the public can weigh in on the decision.
The Metrodome is nearly rubble, and Claudia Fuglie’s fine with that.
Cramped and hard to navigate, the old Vikings stadium made it difficult for her and others who use wheelchairs to get around. Built before the federal Americans with Disabilities Act required public buildings to accommodate disabled people, the dome offered only about 190 spots for special needs fans.
When the St. Paul Saints throw out the first pitch at the new regional ballpark in Lowertown next year, they won’t just be doing so at one of the more advanced baseball stadiums in the country when it comes to accessibility for the disabled.
From his wheelchair, lifelong St. Paul Saints fan Chad Schramm had two words to say after learning that Midway Stadium and its aluminum bleachers will likely be torn down once a new regional ballpark opens in Lowertown: “Sounds good.”
When Mike Veeck announced he’d be bringing the Saints to St. Paul in 1991, critics from the major leagues predicted his minor league franchise would fold within 45 days.
Fans got their first chance to experience two unique opportunities at the new Lowertown ballpark Thursday, during “The Taste of the Ballpark” event at the Union Depot.
Thirteen projects throughout the Twin Cities, including the new St. Paul Saints ballpark and the former U.S. Postal Service building in downtown St. Paul, are splitting $4 million in Metropolitan Council cleanup and brownfield investigation grants.
The city of St. Paul has received a $748,000 grant from the Metropolitan Council to help offset the cost of environmental cleanup at the new regional ballpark in Lowertown.