One stadium proposal inched forward Wednesday.
But it was not the one for the Minnesota Vikings, the one most people are closely watching.
Instead two Minnesota state senators – a Republican and a DFLer – introduced legislation to help build a new downtown St. Paul ballpark for the St. Paul Saints, the minor league baseball team. The bill, introduced by Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, and Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, would set aside $27 million in state bonds to help fund the ballpark in the city’s Lowertown neighborhood.
Though Gov. Mark Dayton is also pushing for state money for the Saints’ ballpark, the team’s plans have been stuck in neutral this year at the Legislature. Wednesday’s proposal, coming with less than three weeks before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn, was the first recent sign that the project might be building some support.
The $50 million project would build a 7,000-seat, publicly-owned ballpark, with the state, the team and the city sharing in the cost.