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After controversy, St. Paul again taps Ryan Cos. to build new ballpark

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St. Paul city officials came under fire three months ago when they chose Ryan Cos. to build a downtown baseball stadium without first bidding the job out to other would-be contractors.

So they went through a bidding process, and two other firms applied for the job to construct a new $54 million, 7,250-seat ballpark.

And the winner is ... Ryan Cos., again, the Pioneer Press reported.

The stadium will be paid for with about $25 million in state funding, plus about $10 million from the team, and the City of St. Paul is expected to contribute about $17 million, WCCO notes.

Mayor Chris Coleman estimates the stadium could draw 400,000 people to downtown every year.

Up next will be the demolition of the former Diamonds Products site in the spring, the Pioneer Press reported.

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