Photo by Caitlin Abrams
St. Paul Saints' CHS Field
The St. Paul Saints' new Lowertown ballpark debuted on May 21, and tickets for the season are going fast. Here's why:
1. IT'S MODERN:
Designed by Julie Snow, a residential and commercial (not a stadium) architect, CHS's field feels singular in the world of baseball monoliths. It looks almost midcentury in style with a low profile that shows off downtown St. Paul's skyline. Sleek design details include an ever-changing artist's gallery, weathered copper exterior tiling, and western red cedar soffits throughout.
2. IT'S GREEN:
The first ballpark to meet the Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines, the site first had to be cleared of 49,500 cubic yards of contaminated soil. There's a 27,000-gallon rainwater cistern beneath center field that will save about 450,000 gallons of water annually, and about 12 percent of the stadium will run on solar energy.
3. IT'S HOSPITABLE:
There's pre- and post-game picknicking on the lawn behind the left field concourse, and the best seats in the house are a grass berm above the bullpen in left field that seats 280 and goes for $5 a ticket. There's also a Beer Dabbler-run craft beer garden and a city dog park with views of the field directly behind the home plate boundary of the stadium.
JASON DERUSHA'S ONE GREAT THING:
Love dive bars and political incorrectness? You'll love the Gopher Bar! The Coney Island slathered in chili, cheddar, and onion is legendary.
241 E. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-291-9638, gopherbar.com
For 15 years, Tanpopo has been one of the best Japanese restaurants around. Get sake and soba noodles.
308 Prince St., #140, St. Paul, 651-209-6527
HEARTLAND RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR
Lenny Russo serves sausages that'll put your Johnsonvilles to shame.
289 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-699-3536, heartlandrestaurant.com
THE BUTTERED TIN
It closes at 3 p.m., so it's day-game-only. The scratch Twinkies are amazing, but the tuna melt is can't-miss.
237 E. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-224-2300, thebutteredtin.com