- Midway Stadium
Midway Stadium Former names Municipal Stadium (1982-1993) Location 1771 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Opened September 1982 Owner City of St. Paul Operator St. Paul Parks and Recreation Construction cost $3 million USD Capacity 2,100 (1982-1993)
Field dimensions Left Field: 320 ft (98 m)
Center Field: 400 ft (120 m)
Right Field: 320 ft (98 m)
Tenants Hamline University (1982-present)
St. Paul Saints (1993-present)
Midway Stadium is the name of two different minor league baseball parks in Saint Paul, Minnesota, one now demolished and the other still in active use. The name derives from the location of the stadium in St. Paul's Midway area, so named because it's roughly halfway between the downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
The first Midway Stadium was the home of the St. Paul Saints of the American Association from 1957-1960. It was located at 1000 North Snelling Avenue, on the east side of that street. It was built with just a small uncovered and presumably expandable grandstand. It was intended to compete with Metropolitan Stadium for attracting a major league baseball team, but the already-larger capacity of "The Met" doomed Midway Stadium. It was abandoned for professional baseball once the Twins arrived in 1961 and displaced both the Saints and the Minneapolis Millers. It was used for minor events and as a Minnesota Vikings practice field for the next 20 years, and finally demolished in 1981 to make way for the Energy Park. That development, with all new streets and various buildings, rubbed out any trace of the ballpark's existence.
The second Midway Stadium was built in 1982 at roughly half the size of its namesake. It is located at 1771 Energy Park Drive. That's on the north side of that road, just west of Snelling, complemented by the Burlington Northern tracks to the north just beyond left field. Thus it is about a mile west of the first Midway Stadium site. The ballpark started out in life as Municipal Stadium. It was and is the home of Hamline University's baseball team. Despite its baseball configurations, some small private schools in St. Paul play football games at Midway in the fall. When Mike Veeck and Bill Murray revived the Saints and also the independent Northern League in 1993, they set up shop there, at the soon-rechristened Midway Stadium. Midway Stadium was also the site of an outdoor rock concert featuring Def Leppard and Bryan Adams on July 29, 2005
The Saints' slogan is "Fun Is Good" and Mike Veeck has proudly declared that Midway Stadium is "The ugliest ballpark in America!" Mike's late father, Bill Veeck, Jr. is a well known baseball owner and counts one of his accomplishments as planting the ivy at Wrigley Field.
First Midway Stadium
- Seating Capacity - 10,250
- Left Field - 321 ft (98 m).
- Center Field - 410 ft (120 m).
- Right Field - 321 ft (98 m).
Second Midway Stadium
- Seating Capacity - 6,069
- Left Field - 320 ft (98 m).
- Center Field - 400 ft (120 m).
- Right Field - 320 ft (98 m).
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- Midway Stadium page on St. Paul Parks & Recreation website
- Visit to Midway Stadium
- Official Saints Website
- Stew Thornley's info about old Twin Cities ballparks
- Midway Stadium Hamline University
Events and tenants Preceded by
Host of the NoL All-Star Game
Lewis and Clark Park
Sioux Falls Stadium
Host of the AAB All-Star Game
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Coordinates: 44°58′21″N 93°10′27″W / 44.972571°N 93.17404°WCategories:
- American Association ballparks
- Buildings and structures demolished in 1981
- Minor league baseball venues
- Defunct baseball venues
- Sports venues in Saint Paul, Minnesota
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