Hamline University Baseball To Call Lowertown Ballpark Home Field In PartnershipST. PAUL, MN August 1, 2014
Hamline University baseball to call
Lowertown Ballpark home field in new partnership
Piper baseball team to hold home games and practices at the Lowertown field
SAINT PAUL – The City of Saint Paul today announced a new preferred partnership with Hamline University to bring amateur college baseball to the new Lowertown Ballpark. Starting in 2015, the new ballpark will be the official home field for the Hamline baseball team in coordination with the St. Paul Saints, who will manage the facility.
As part of its long-term agreement with the City of Saint Paul, Hamline University will commit to lease payments that the City will use to help finance the cost of the ballpark and the construction of a third locker room dedicated to the Hamline baseball team’s use.
The 25-year preferred partnership arrangement for Hamline baseball will provide the university team a permanent location to play. It will also allow Hamline to utilize the training facilities, have exclusive office and storage space, and have prominent visibility at the new Lowertown Ballpark.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Hamline University to Lowertown,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “This is just one in a history of great partnerships we have shared with Hamline, and the university’s addition to the new ballpark speaks to the essence of what it was built to be – a community park, open to everyone, and host to a variety of events, on and off the field of play. The vitality of Lowertown will only increase with Hamline students and fans visiting nearby restaurants and rooting on their team.”
“We are thrilled to call the Lowertown Ballpark home for Hamline baseball,” Hamline President Linda Hanson said. “Our Pipers will have the best field in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), and this progressive partnership offers our athletes access to top-notch facilities and a unique experience with Division III baseball. We’re also pleased to continue strong and long-standing relationships among Minnesota’s first university, its capital city, and one of the leading professional, independent, minor-league teams in the country.”
Hamline is expected to play more than a dozen games each year at the ballpark, from March to May, as well as hold fall, spring and summer practices and several junior varsity games. The university will work with the St. Paul Saints to coordinate schedules. The team has previously played its games at Midway Stadium and usually has a team of 59 players.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the opportunity to partner with Hamline University in Lowertown. We have enjoyed a long history of working with Hamline at Midway Stadium and look forward to strengthening that relationship in the new ballpark,” said Derek Sharrer, executive vice president and general manager of the St. Paul Saints. “Building a regional home for amateur baseball has been at the heart of this project since the beginning, and the addition of Hamline goes a long way to make that goal a reality.”
About the Lowertown Ballpark
The Lowertown Ballpark will be home to the Saint Paul Saints and amateur baseball teams from across the region. It is expected to bring 400,000 people per year to downtown Saint Paul and will have a yearly economic impact in the millions of dollars. The project is expected to create 500 full- and part-time jobs and will become a center for statewide youth and amateur sporting events. To learn more, please visit www.lowertownballpark.com.
About Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is a nationally accredited and gold medal award-winning organization that manages more than 170 parks and open spaces, AZA-accredited Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 25 city-operated recreation centers, four municipal golf courses, more than 100 miles of trails, an indoor and two outdoor aquatic facilities, a public beach, a variety of premium sports facilities, and Great River Passage – which is the new identity for all proposed public development along Saint Paul’s more than 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront. For more information about Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, visit www.stpaul.gov/parks.
About Hamline University
Creativity and innovation in teaching and learning are the hallmark of Hamline University – home to more than 4,500 undergraduate, graduate, and law students. At Hamline, students collaborate with professors invested in their success. They are challenged in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, while cultivating an ethic of civic responsibility, social justice, and inclusive leadership and service.
Hamline is the top-ranked private university of its class in Minnesota, according to U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1854, Hamline also is Minnesota’s first university and among the first coeducational institutions in the nation.
About the St. Paul Saints
The St. Paul Saints are one of the leading professional minor-league teams in the country, and nationally known for forward thinking, creative promotions and charitable giving. They have been featured on ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, The Today Show, radio stations across the nation, and in major newspapers and magazines. Major League teams have purchased the contracts of 110 Saints players, including three currently pitching in Major League Baseball: Caleb Thielbar (Minnesota Twins), Tanner Scheppers (Texas Rangers) and Brandon Kintzler (Milwaukee Brewers). Visit www.saintsbaseball.com.