Mayor commends council support of ballpark

Council unanimously passes resolution in support of ballpark

Mayor Chris Coleman commended the Saint Paul City Council today after it unanimously passed a resolution supporting the city’s efforts to build a Lowertown Regional Ballpark.

“The City of Saint Paul is one step closer to building a ballpark in Lowertown with today’s unanimous Council vote,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “This project will attract visitors from across the state, will create jobs, and will add millions of dollars in economic activity to downtown Saint Paul. Today’s vote brings the city one step closer to making the Lowertown Ballpark a reality.”

Saint Paul is applying for $27 million from the fund allocated to DEED in the 2012 bonding bill, the same amount Governor Dayton recommended in his original bonding bill proposal.

"I appreciate the support of my colleagues for acting quickly and unanimously in sponsoring and passing this resolution,” said Council President Kathy Lantry. “The ballpark is incredibly important to the City of Saint Paul and today's action brings us one step closer to completing our application for approval."

The Lowertown Regional Ballpark is expected to bring 400,000 people per year to Downtown Saint Paul and will have a yearly economic impact of $10 million. The project is expected to create 500 full- and part-time jobs and will become a center for statewide youth and amateur sporting events.

In total, the project would cost $54 million with the Saint Paul Saints contributing $10 million and the City of Saint Paul contributing $17 million.