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A grand opening for the St. Paul Saints new Lowertown ballpark

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The gates are officially open at the St. Paul Saints new Lowertown ballpark as they face the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in their first regular season game at CHS Field.

Fans were lined up waiting for the gates to open.

In addition to the crowds of fans, all three Saints owners were in attendance for the opening of the new stadium.

The ballpark cost $65 million to build, $55 million of it was public money. The Saints call it the 'greenest ballpark in America,' because of the efforts the team is making to conserve and even generate energy.

WCCO reports CHS Field has a system that collects and reuses rainwater to water the grass on the field and even flush the toilets.

Saints owner Mike Veeck told WCCO's Mark Rosen that in addition to 50 Saints games this summer, the stadium will also host 150 amateur, college, high school, and American Legion baseball games.

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The capacity of the ballpark is listed at 7,000, with a variety of seating choices ranging from luxury boxes to stools at a bar rail, to a spot on a grass berm. There is even a standing room only area that runs the length of right field.

Hardball Talk says the new stadium has a modern design and "appears to blend in with the city pretty darn well."

Ballpark raves about the new Saints home.

"Residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul were already blessed with one of the finest facility in professional baseball in the form of Target Field. CHS Field, at the other end of the Green Line light rail from Target Field, is a worthy bookend; you're not going to find a finer set of ballparks anywhere. Baseball is alive and well in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and CHS Field can be seen as a great addition to the ballpark world."

There was plenty of pre-game fanfare, including a parade set to "When the Saints Go Marching In."

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