“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.”
– Yogi Berra
Nothing says summer like baseball.
I love baseball, from Little League to the major leagues. I love the pace and rhythm of the game, the strategy of it, the patience and focus it requires. I love sitting in the stands with a cold beer on a hot summer night. I love meditating on the pitch count as I watch the pitcher and catcher plan their next move. I love rising to my feet when the ball lands fair and the runner picks up speed, flies around third and hurtles toward home.
I love baseball anywhere. But baseball in the heart of the city is even better. And as far as city ballparks go, CHS Field, the home of the St. Paul Saints, is one of the best.
It’s located Lowertown St. Paul, a funky, quirky, rapidly changing neighborhood adjacent to the capital city’s downtown district. This used to be a shipping and manufacturing hub, but now it’s a hot spot for the creative crowd, foodies and baseball fans. This energy translates to the ballpark.
Getting here is easy. You can drive, yes, but I really like that it’s an quick and atmospheric walk to the ballpark from one of the many restaurants and bars in the area. And you can take the bus or the Green Line light rail-train too. There’s even a free transit day on July 12th if you want to try transit for yourself.
The 7,210 seat CHS Field can accommodate lots of fans, but like most Northern League parks, there’s not really a bad seat in the house. The ballpark staff does the usual fun, between innings entertainment to hold the interest of the little ones in the crowd (and the fair weather fan contingent) and the complex is super walkable and easy to navigate.
I went to a game last season, courtesy of the fine folks at the Roseville Visitors Association in nearby Roseville, Minnesota and it was a fantastic summer baseball experience, despite some pretty epic rainstorms. I brought rain gear, so we were able to watch the Grounds Crew do their thing and weathered the rain delay (pun kinda intended!) with no trouble.
I’m a ballpark food connoisseur, but I kept it pretty classic on this visit. My kiddo is obsessed with pretzels, so we started there. I had a panini and my husband went for helmet nachos (which are exactly what they sound like — nachos in a Saints helmet). Everything was simple, hearty and satisfying, which is all I was really looking for on this particular visit. (Well, and beer, of course.)
There are a few new foods for the 2017 season that I want to try sometime this year. If you make it to a Saints game before I do, tel me what I should try next!
How about you?
What do you love about baseball?
What’s your favorite food to eat at the ballpark?
What’s your favorite team?
What spots should we check out in Lowertown St. Paul?
What’s your favorite thing about going to a St. Paul Saints game?
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