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State recommends funding of Saints ballpark

Proposed St. Paul Saints ballpark

The Minnesota Department of Employment of Economic Development has recommended the state spend $27 million on a new St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association) ballpark.

The department was charged by the Minnesota Legislature earlier this year to spend $47.5 million of the biannual bonding request on important statewide projects. Out of 90 proposed projects, the Saints ballpark, a rural water-treatment plant and a Duluth office tower were recommended to receive funding. The next step: Gov. Mark Dayton, who originally included the Saints funding in his original bonding budget, will sign off on the recommendations.

If funding is approved, the $54-million ballpark, to be located in the Lowertown area of downtown St. Paul on a former Gillette industrial site, could open for the 2014 season. Midway Stadium, the team’s current home, would be torn down and replaced with a business park.

Left unfunded: $4 million for renovations to historic Wade Stadium, home of the Duluth Huskies. Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) says he’ll continue to seek state funding for repairs to the WPA-era classic.

Image courtesy of the St. Paul Saints.

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