ST. PAUL, Minn. - Demolition for the new St. Paul Saints stadium officially kicked off Saturday and will take about four months to complete.
Opening day is scheduled for June of 2015. Once finished, the 7,000 seat ballpark will host more than just baseball.
"In this new emporium there will be 200 events that are about community. Fifty of them will happen to be Saints games. (We) might have a Bob Dylan concert like we did the other day, but most importantly this is about community," Saints owner Mike Veeck said.
There is also hope the stadium will help breathe new life into the city.
"This is the gateway for the Lowertown Neighborhood. This is the gateway to the downtown neighborhood. This is the gateway to the city of St. Paul," Mayor Chris Coleman said.
The changes are a vision Darlene Lewis, who has lived in St. Paul her entire life, has waited a long time for.
"Maybe I shouldn't say this, but I'm getting tired of driving over to Minneapolis for entertainment," Lewis said laughing.
The ballpark will cost about $54 million, but earlier this month tests confirmed pollution levels at the site are much higher than anticipated. That will cost another $6 million to cleanup, officials said.
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