Baseball fans of all ages recently gathered in Saint Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood to celebrate a big step forward for the Lowertown Ballpark project and the beginning of the Gillette/Diamond Products building demolition.
During the event, fans cheered as the first pieces of the Gillette building where torn down, marking the start of the building’s demolition. The event also included a ceremonial block breaking and speeches from Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Director of Parks and Recreation Mike Hahm and others involved with the project. Even the diva of the diamond, Mudonna, showed up to lend a hand. Video highlights from the event can be found here.
The Lowertown Ballpark project will bring a world class stadium and the Saint Paul Saints to downtown Saint Paul. In addition to being the home of the Saint Paul Saints, the ballpark will host youth and amateur baseball games, giving these young players the ability to experience what playing baseball in downtown Saint Paul is like.
The new stadium will also play host to more than 100 non-baseball events annually including concerts such as the one Bob Dylan recently played at Midway stadium and other community building events. The new Lowertown Ballpark will bring 400,000 visitors to downtown Saint Paul annually and have an estimated $10 million annual economic impact.The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown in the new ballpark in the spring of 2015. To learn more about the Lowertown Ballpark project, visit the project’s website here and be sure to follow the project on Facebook.