MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)  – The Saint Paul Saints marched into their new home at CHS Field in style Thursday night.

Fans packed the new $63 million stadium in Lowertown.  The season kicked off with lots of fanfare and the crazy antics fans have come to expect from the Saints.

The first fans inside the Saints new stadium were 6-year old Linden and his uncle Eric.

“It’s an honor, I’ll just say that,” Eric Hansen said. “It’s an honor.”

The home opener of the inaugural season featured many diverting hi-jinks, including the introduction of the mascot, Pablo Pigasso.

“We’ve got a brand new ballpark, and it’s Christmas morning,” Bill Tyler said. “Look at all the presents.”

A full Mardi Gras-style parade marched the field, leading in the team.

“The introduction of the team was great, and the music was loud, and it was fun,” Penny Jesperson said.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Saints co-owner Bill Murray took in the game and fans couldn’t get enough of the field and the feel of the ballpark.

“Everyone’s going to be so much closer to the action, and it’s just going to be a better baseball experience for everybody,” Tyler said.

Saint Paul mayor Chris Coleman threw out the first pitch.

Fans were also treated to a Saints hat as they walked in the door.

It was a great start to a new chapter for the team.

Jennifer Mayerle

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