(credit: City of St. Paul)

(credit: City of St. Paul)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On a cold day in December, folks in St. Paul have a reason to think about the boys of summer. And their new field.

The Twin Cities-based design-builder Ryan Companies’ team of Ryan A&E, Julie Snow Architects and AECOM unveiled the latest plans for the Saints new ballpark in Lowertown.

They say the new ballpark incorporates Lowertown’s historic architecture and in a more innovative approach.

The playing field and entire seating section will be located below street level, to help reduce the overall visual impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

The lower seating also will enhance entry plaza connections and accessibility, according to the design team.

As you can see, there’s also a grand “broadway-style entrance.”

(credit: City of St. Paul)

(credit: City of St. Paul)

And the open concourse has a bit of a Target Field feel.

(credit: City of St. Paul)

(credit: City of St. Paul)

Demolition of the Diamond Products building, at the site of the new stadium, will be completed by Friday. Approximately 90 percent of the material from the old building will be recycled.

Construction of the new park will begin this spring and they’ll open it one year later, in the spring of 2015.


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