Mike Veeck championing stadium for St. Paul Saints

Team owner ready to move on from Midway

Kaufenberg looks confused — he speaks only limited Spanish. Before he can give an answer, Mike starts in again: "Frijo! Wait, no, that's 'cold.'"

Then, to a jingle in his mind alone, Mike starts dancing an impromptu cha-cha, singing, 'El frijo beero cheapo! El frijo beero cheapo!'

"Let's just repeat that phrase for 30 seconds. The Twins'd make us pull it after one spot, but we'd kill it. Think we can get 30 seconds of it? Think that would fly? 'El frijo beero cheapo!' That'd be great! Imagine that."

Mike Veeck, president and part owner of the Saints, stands outside Midway Stadium as the Saints prepare for their 2012 season
Craig Lassig
Mike Veeck, president and part owner of the Saints, stands outside Midway Stadium as the Saints prepare for their 2012 season
The Saints' current stadium (top) and the proposed Lowertown stadium, which would replace Midway, would hold 7,000 fans, sit along the new light-rail line, and feature open art spaces
courtesy of the St. Paul Saints
The Saints' current stadium (top) and the proposed Lowertown stadium, which would replace Midway, would hold 7,000 fans, sit along the new light-rail line, and feature open art spaces

Kaufenberg shuffles away, his look of concern even more pronounced.

Mike stands, wrapping himself in a scarf, wheels still turning. He grins, eyes glinting. As he walks off, opening the door to a bright spring day, he says to no one in particular: "Imagine that." 

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webcelt
webcelt

"And it's not just Saints players — who play 50 home games every season — who inhabit the park. Midway fields about 120 high school and amateur baseball games every year, as well as the annual Minnesota State High School Baseball Tournament. All have to deal with the dank surroundings."

What's been missing in the Vikings stadium debate, and in what public discussion there's been about replacing Midway, is how much they get used by organizations other than the marquee teams. Midway has an even stronger case since it apparently would need replacing even without the Saints.

Of course, the next time the Dome roof collapses, the company that used to make the fabric roofs might no longer be able and willing to do the custom job.

 
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