ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The new $63 million St. Paul Saints ballpark currently under construction in Lowertown now has a name.
The ballpark, which will open next year, will be known as the CHS Field. A deal was announced Monday morning that gives the naming rights to the Inver Grove Heights-based CHS Inc., an agriculture cooperative.
Saints owner and president Mike Veeck announced the 13-year deal after riding onto the site in a tractor pulling a hay wagon. Also, the Saints’ mascot Mudonna was on hand.
“It’s a rare and wonderful thing when core values align so closely as with the Saints and CHS. Both companies have left their footprint in the Twin Cities for a long time and now we can make a meaningful impact together,” Veeck said.
The company pointed out that without agriculture, there would be no baseball. They said one beef hide provides enough material for 144 baseballs.
CHS Field is expected to bring 400,000 people per year to downtown St. Paul.
CHS, which is the 62nd largest company in the U.S., did not disclose how much they are paying for naming rights. The company is owned by farmers and cooperatives across U.S. and supplies everything from animal feed to insurance to farmers.