Delta Expands Twin Cities Community Footprint As Official Airline of St. Paul SaintsST. PAUL, MN May 19, 2016
Delta Air Lines continues to deepen its ties to Minneapolis-St. Paul with a new three-year sponsorship agreement to become the Official Airline of the St. Paul Saints, a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball league. Delta will also serve as the exclusive partner of the accessibility initiatives at CHS Field, the Saints’ hometown stadium in downtown St. Paul, Minn.
The 7,210-seat ballpark is a leader in accessible stadium design, with many features that exceed the code requirements established by the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design– including semi-ambulant seats, removable armrests on selected aisles, and more than double the required number of wheelchair seating spaces.CHS Field is also committed to sustainability, using solar power to assist in the generation of electricity for the ballpark and reusing rain water for field irrigation.
“Delta is pleased to build on our strong presence in Minneapolis-St. Paul by teaming up with a local favorite like the St. Paul Saints,” said said Bill Lentsch, Senior Vice President – Airport Customer Service and Airline Operations. “Not only are we excited to connect with their enthusiastic fans, Delta is also inspired by the opportunity to learn from their impressive blueprint for universal design and sustainability. These are key priorities for the airline industry as well, and we look forward to partnering with standard-setters like this team and the city of St. Paul to identify new ways to champion these important initiatives in our own business.”
As the team’s official airline, Delta will receive prominent branding in designated areas around the ballpark, including signage around accessible seating, and will work closely with the Saints on various promotional activities and fan initiatives throughout the season.
As a million miler member of Delta I’ve had the opportunity to watch them first hand with their exceptional customer service,” Saints Saints Owner and President Mike Veeck. “It’s an honor to have a world renowned international airline as a part of our family. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.”
Minneapolis-St. Paul is Delta’s third-largest hub, and the airline offers more than 400 peak-day departures to 125 worldwide destinations. Delta is the official airline of three of the state’s professional sports teams – the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Minnesota Wild – in addition to numerous charitable and community organizations.
For more information on the St. Paul Saints and CHS Field,visitwww.saintsbaseball.com and www.chs-field.com.
About Delta Air Lines:
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 330 destinations in 61 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta,Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta's blog takingoff.delta.com.
About St. Paul Saints:
The St. Paul Saints enter their 24th season providing family, affordable fun in the Twin Cities. They are known for outrageous promotions, a live pig that delivers baseballs to the umpire, a nun that gives massages to fans and haircuts in the ballpark. The Saints were selected as the 2015 American Association Organization of the Year and have been featured nationally on ESPN, MSNBC, Sports Illustrated, Fox News and USA Today.
About CHS Field:
CHS Field opened its gates in 2015 to rave reviews and has received recognition locally, nationally and internationally as one of the top new sports venues of the year. The 7,210 seat ballpark in Lowertown, Saint Paul goes from urban on the east to natural on the west and was lauded for its sustainability and green efforts.