St. Paul buys the land to put a ballpark in Lowertown

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 22, 2012 - 10:02 PM

The $1.85 million accord includes a Midway Stadium land swap.

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StarquestMay. 22, 1211:48 PM

If we had any idea how to run a city, teams would be sharing venues. At the very least, the Saints and Gophers baseball should be sharing, and in theory they could all play at Target Field. The Timberwolves and Wild should be sharing an arena (Staples Center in LA hosts *two* NBA teams plus an NHL team; somehow they manage in a city three times the size of ours). The Vikings and Gophers football should be sharing a stadium. But no. Every single college and pro team in this city wants their own venue. And somehow we find they money for it. Good grief.

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bmoscoeMay. 22, 1211:55 PM

The aging and rundown Midway Stadium? Excuse me but how old is Wrigley Field?

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somedude2May. 23, 12 7:00 AM

This would really help downtown St. Paul. For a small investment, it should really help downtown businesses. My guess is it would be a better venue than the Twins.

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galljcMay. 23, 12 7:42 AM

I was just at Saint Stadium on Sunday. It's a great ballpark, needs some paint but its NOT falling apart. There are plenty of seats for everyone (they couldn't fill them) and not a bad view in the house. The only think this ballpark needs in its current location is an additional parking ramp. If the access to rail is so soughtafter then it should be no problem selling the property for the full amount required to build a new stadium. Public financing for a fake minor league team?

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cheeznriceMay. 23, 12 8:08 AM

I have 8 friends and we're thinking about starting a baseball team. Hey St. Paul, what are you going to do for me?

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west336May. 23, 12 8:20 AM

I LOVE Midway -- what's wrong with it (or its location)?? I love how it's nestled into a rail yard with trains constantly running back and forth -- it reminds me of the Simpson's softball episode in Season III (my favorite)! I'll tell you one thing: it's going to be utter chaos in 30 years or so when all of these newly-built facilities become "obsolete" again and the state has to find a way to fund 5 or 6 stadiums all at once again!

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SqUaReD80May. 23, 12 8:26 AM

"The aging and rundown Midway Stadium? Excuse me but how old is Wrigley Field?" First of all, when's the last time you have gone to either. BOTH are dilappiated and downright dangerous. The only thing between you and falling conrete is netting. The Cubs have a HUGE income and MLB can help pay for repairs, as junky as Wrigley now is. And as bad as Midway is, the cost to repair it is about the cost for a new stadium. Get a clue.

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mnmojoMay. 23, 12 8:27 AM

Unless there's tailgaiting like at Midway, it won't be worth it. I'm fine with building a new field because so many teams besides the Saints use it (townball/amateur teams, high school teams, traveling teams, etc, plus some concerts). Hopefully they can keep the old-school feeling Midway has for the players and fans.

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marathongirlMay. 23, 12 8:32 AM

Yes, put a stadium into downtown St Paul when right now they are in a good location with (is it still free?) parking. I agree with the first commentor, stadiums should be shared. Now it would not necessarily work for the Twins and Saints to share, but the Gophers and Saints could, and the Gophers and Vikings should've as well. But no, had to rush the Gophers stadium and they woudln't accept anything not on campus (even though they had a compus stadium they gave up to move inside when the Vikings moved inside).

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eclectic51May. 23, 12 8:35 AM

Good grief! How many sports venues do we need in the metro area? We should be spending the money on schools, bridges, and roads. But, I guess that doesn't fill the pockets of the business men.

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