Being back in Minnesota for the summer, J.O and I have been able to do many of our favorite Minnesotan pass-times. We’ve been able to fish off the dock (which J.O caught some tasty Walleye the other night!), go boating, golf, eat at some of our favorite restaurants and go to the St. Paul’s Farmers Market: all while being able to do most of these things with family and friends. Some other things we want to do before the summer is over include, camping up North, Rock climbing in Taylors Falls, the Minnesota and Como Zoo, The Science Museum of Minnesota, a trip down to Red Wing and HOPEFULLY the Minnesota State Fair! This past week, we were able to cross off one of our very favorite summer events: a St. Paul Saints baseball game at Midway Stadium.
Now, if you’re unfamiliar with the St Paul Saints, they are St Paul’s minor league baseball team and their games are a riot! I’m not even joking when I say that you don’t have to even like baseball to enjoy one of these games! The stadium itself sets the charm for the main event. Small, rustic and set along side of the railroad, it gives you that true “ball-park” feel. If I didn’t dislike the term “Americana” so much, I’d use it to describe the park. There are comedy side acts going on though-out the game, various fan interaction events and games in between innings, their mascot is a pig that comes out in-between every inning, fireworks on Friday nights, themed game nights (like Food-truck night, Hipster, $1 beer) give aways, and the best part is that tickets and food prices won’t make you go broke. But, what else would you expect from a team that is co-owned by Bill Murray?!
This past Monday we decided it was time to go to a game. We had originally plans to have dinner with my cousin and her boyfriend, so we contacted them to see if they’s be up for a baseball game instead….they were! J.O had also wanted to try sitting in their “Leinie’s Lodge” (more on that in a bit), so I got on the phone and gave the ticketing office a call for tickets. That’s the other great thing about the games, you can usually get some type of ticket the day of the game. To our luck we were able to purchase 4 tickets to sit in their Leinie’s Lodge (for Leinenkugel Brewing Co out of Chippewa Falls, Wi) for that nights game.
This was our first time sitting in the lodge and not in the general admission area; it was stellar to say the least! It’s an elevated covered platform deck that stands on its own in Left Field. It only seats 4, so we had it all to ourselves! With our $40 ticket (per person) we had the booth to ourselves, and each person received the following: 2 hot dogs, 1 bag of popcorn, 1 bag of peanuts, 1 pop (soda), 1 bottle of water, 1 beer, a program and a Saints Baseball Hat! What a steal of a deal! The kicker: we went on $1 beer night, so we were able to buy more beer and not pay typical big league stadium prices! It was also themed Hipster and Instant Vintage night, so J.O took part in their Sega Genesis game event and won vouchers for free beer in their beer garden. BOOM!
We had a great evening with our family and really enjoyed watching the game from our “box seats”. Plus, the Saints won, so at the end they handed out coupons for free items from various local vendors. Triple score!
If you’re ever in Minnesota during the summer and want a fun thing to do, check out the Saints. Tickets are as low as $4 for youth and $5 for an adult for general admission. Or, if you want to sit in a “boxed seat” like we did, they have various packages. Click HERE to view their website. The sky is the limit on Saints Fun!