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Midway Stadium is the name of two different minor league baseball parks in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States, both now demolished. The name derived 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.
|Former names||Municipal Stadium (1982–1993)|
|Location||1771 Energy Park Drive|
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
|Owner||City of St. Paul|
|Operator||St. Paul Parks and Recreation|
|Field size||Left Field: 320 ft (98 m)|
Center Field: 400 ft (120 m)
Right Field: 320 ft (98 m)
|Demolished||June 2015 |
|Construction cost||$3 million USD|
|Hamline University (MIAC) (1982–2014)|
St. Paul Saints (NoL/AA) (1993–2014)
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 was 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 was about a mile west of the first Midway Stadium site. The ballpark started out in life as Municipal Stadium. It was home of Hamline University's baseball team. Despite its baseball configurations, some small private schools in St. Paul played 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 used, occasionally, for rock concerts and other events. In April 2014 it was announced that pioneering alternative rock band The Replacements would hold a hometown reunion concert at the venue on September 13, 2014.
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.
2014 was the final season for both Hamline and the Saints at Midway Stadium. Both teams moved into the new ballpark CHS Field in time for the 2015 season. Midway Stadium was torn down in 2015. The 12-acre site will be used for an office or warehouse development, which is in line with the industrial area that surrounds the stadium.
Midway Stadium (I)
- Seating capacity – 10,250
- Left Field – 321 ft (98 m).
- Left Center Field – 379 ft (116 m).
- Center Field – 410 ft (120 m).
- Right Center Field – 379 ft (116 m).
- Right Field – 321 ft (98 m).
Midway Stadium (II)
- Seating capacity – 6,069
- Left Field – 320 ft (98 m).
- Center Field – 400 ft (120 m).
- Right Field – 320 ft (98 m).
- Melo, Frederick (June 24, 2014). "Office-warehouse likely to occupy Midway Stadium after its demolition". Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Saint Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
- Horner, Sarah. "New construction at former Midway stadium site starting soon". twincities.com. Pioneer Press. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "The Replacements To Play Midway Stadium In St. Paul". WCCO – CBS News. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- Rupar, Aaron. "Midway Stadium documentary captures storied ballpark's twilight". Citypages.com. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- Brewster, Mike. "Bill Veeck: A Baseball Mastermind". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
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- Thornley, Stew (1988). On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers. Minneapolis: Nodin Press. ISBN 0-931714-33-8.
- 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|
| Home of the St. Paul Saints
| Host of the NoL All-Star Game
Lewis and Clark Park
Sioux Falls Stadium
| Host of the AAB All-Star Game