Saints conduct to new ballpark, move along a aged charm

February 28, 2015 - Picnic Time



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    Mike Veeck was station in a scarcely finished bar turn of a St. Paul Saints’ scarcely finished new Lowertown ballpark, CHS Field, when he was asked his favorite feature. He forked by a floor-to-ceiling windows toward a downtown Farmers Market only opposite a street.

    “We wanted to make downtown, a Farmers Market, a star,” pronounced Veeck, boss and co-owner of a eccentric ball team.

    Well, that AND a urinals — there are some-more in only one of a ballpark’s 5 men’s restrooms than in all of Midway Stadium, a Saints’ aged home circuitously a State Fairgrounds.

    “You consider we’re not appreciative?” Veeck said, laughing. “Oh, yeah, we’re appreciative.”

    On Friday, Veeck and other group officials took a integrate of hours out of a balmy winter day to debate a $63 million ballpark that will be a site of 50 Saints games any summer, as good as 100 other events any year. And, yes, there will be a cat video festival.

    As teams of construction workers put a finishing touches on a park, clad in black steel and western red cedar, Veeck weighed in on all from his miss of an bureau (he gets a dilemma in a discussion room) to a wall picture in one of 4 suites.

    “I got no vanity, baby” Veeck pronounced of not carrying imagination personal digs in a venue he skeleton to revisit during any Saints homestand. “Just put me in a nice, neat space.”

    While inspecting a restroom, Veeck removed a time his dad, a late Chicago White Sox owners Bill Veeck, called a news discussion to announce that a group had stretched a women’s restrooms during Comiskey Park.

    “It was 1976,” Veeck said. “And they had only introduced Lite Beer. we suspicion it was brilliant.”

    The Saints strictly open their 2015 deteriorate in a 7,000-seat ballpark on May 21; CHS Field will also be home to a Hamline University ball team, that is approaching to play a initial games there.

    As Veeck walked a margin Friday — from a celebration rug down a right margin line to a cruise berm out behind a bullpen in left — a extended grin never left his face.

    He was generally happy in a apartment a group skeleton to lease diversion by game. On a wall was a mural, formed on Michelangelo’s “Creation of Man,” arrangement a wizened deity (looks a small like Veeck) in a Saints uniform touching a finger of … Adam?… also in a Saints uniform.

    Team officials had wanted to arrangement a mural, combined several years ago by a late Andy Nelson, during Midway — though luck. Veeck was overjoyed to see it on a wall.

    “On Atheists Night, wouldn’t it have been great?” he said, laughing. “I was so bummed when we couldn’t do that.”

    In further to a 4 suites, a ballpark facilities a bar turn that can accommodate 250 fans and open concourses toll a field. That cruise area in left? Folks can move a sweeping and watch a diversion there for $5, Veeck said.

    “Not bad,” he said. “Not bad during all.”

    Some things that became tradition during Midway will stick. Sister Rosalind will get a mark to give massages. A pig will continue to broach baseballs to a home-plate umpire, and a team’s tradition of gags and props will continue. In fact, that is about all a Saints will be relocating here from Midway.

    “What, not a furniture?” Veeck quipped.



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    • St. Paul Saints owners Mike Veeck stood in a team’s apartment during a new CHS Field, where a colorful picture by late artist Andy Nelson adorns a wall.

    • CHS Field will open in a spring, with a seating ability of about 7,000. The ballpark has many new amenities though will underline a common antics.

    • The new CHS Field is located in a shade of a downtown St. Paul skyline. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to a circuitously Farmers Market and Lowertown, that Mike Veeck, St. Paul Saints boss and co-owner, pronounced is an essential feature.

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