St. Paul, Minn. –The St. Paul Saints celebrated their 25th season in 2017 by once again leading all of minor league baseball in percent capacity at the turnstiles, never before seen promotions and memorable moments on and off the field. It was because of all of this and much more that the Saints organizations was named the American Association Organization of the Year, for the third straight season, as selected by the league’s managers and media representatives.
For the second straight season the Saints had one game rained out, but still managed to lead the American Association in attendance. The Saints were over their 7,210 seat capacity during 46 of 49 home games, and had a season high 10,143 on July 2. There were 8,000 or more fans at 36 of 49 home games and 9,000 or more 10 times, including a record three straight from July 12-14.
In addition, for the third consecutive season, the Saints were tops in all of Minor League Baseball (roughly 300 teams) in percent capacity, 115%, seventh in average attendance (8,295), only behind six Triple-A teams, and 25th in overall attendance (406,501). The 24 teams that outdrew the Saints played at least 20 more home games.
I couldn’t be more proud of the people I work with and for; it’s the most dynamic, creative, hard working, and talented group in the business,” said Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Derek Sharrer. “That said, I think they would all agree with me in saying that this recognition belongs to the fans in the Twin Cities. It starts and ends with them. They’ve been rock solid with us for 25-years and words can’t begin to express our gratitude to them. This is as much their award as ours.”
CHS Field was once again used for more than just the Saints. It hosted both the State High School Baseball Tournament and the State American Legion Championship. Additionally, each St. Paul school was provided the opportunity to play a free regular season game at CHS Field. Numerous events were hosted by the ballpark including the Cat Video Festival, United Way Action Day, Beer Dabbler Craft Beer Festival, and Grill Fest. The Securian Club at CHS Field also played host to various events ranging from civic and community focused gatherings, to corporate meetings and celebrations, to weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. Throughout 2017, CHS Field continued to be St. Paul’s front porch.
This is the third time the Saints have earned the American Association Organization of the Year in the league’s 11-year history.