On March 21, I had a chance to go inside CHS Field, the brand new home of the St. Paul Saints, and buy single game tickets. My goal was to scope out accessible features. I will give a brief summary with recommendations on how to improve two things. Most of the highlights that I will feature are pictured below this article.
The entrance to CHS Field is fully accessible, as is the ticket office. There is an abundance of accessible seats with appropriate rail heights around the field. At spots around the 360-degree concourse, the fences are a little higher due to safety reasons. In left field by the Berm, there is a small outlook which wheelchairs can roll up to.
There were a couple of details that I would consider changing. In front of the main entrance, there is a pillar blocking the wheelchair sidewalk ramp which could make it difficult for someone to navigate. I would like to see that lone pillar be taken away. Secondly, I didn’t see any automatic door openers to get into the Saints offices and to the elevator on the main floor. Maybe I missed them, but would like to see them put in at some point. Those are the only things that were a little off. For more information on ADA features, please click here.
Not focusing on accessibility, CHS Field has some amazing features. When fans walk through the gates, they will see the whole field right away. There is an art gallery right behind home plate. When I visited, there was a picture of Midway Stadium and not-yet-budding trees. Fans can sit on a lawn in left field to picnic and play games during games. It will be exciting to see the finished product in May, as the grass for the lawn wasn’t installed yet.
All in all, CHS Field is a major upgrade to its predecessor!
Written by: Michael L. Sack