You don’t have to spend much time at CHS Field to see why it’s lauded in the architecture community—the venue has won regional, national and international awards, including the World Architecture News Sport in Architecture Award, Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design Award.
Since opening, CHS Field has played host to several weddings, corporate events, behind-the-scenes tours and a few more unconventional happenings...here's a list of our favorite wacky events that have occurred on the field.
CHS Field isn't just for summer, and it proved that with 2018's Securian St. Paul Super Slide. Visitors in town enjoyed 140-feet of frozen fun that shot tubers from the top-level Securian club to the snowy field below.
Cat Video Festival
Each summer, a feline frenzy descends on CHS Field. Thousands upon thousands of cat-people come from far and wide to attend this celebration of all things furry to laugh at the funniest collection of cat videos, fireworks, music and more.
World’s *2nd Largest Pillow Fight
This event was obviously brainstormed by the St. Paul Saints baseball club, but it deserves its own nod. Though the world record was broken across the river in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2018, we still have fond memories of this 2016 feather battle. Stephen Baldwin hosted this 6,261 person feather-flinging effort in 2015. The latest record-breaking event was the most number of people to hold a 60-second squat during the July 12, 2016 Saints baseball game.
8,000 Person Food Fight
The St. Paul Saints put the pillows away and followed up in 2018 by celebrating the 40th anniversary of the film Animal House with a stadium-wide food fight at the conclusion of the 5th inning. Check out the video below to see how the 90-second madness came together.
When local hip-hop collective Doomtree announced that it was performing its Last Blowout Ever at First Ave, fans wondered if they’d ever see a similar kind of set from the band. The group didn’t disappoint when it returned with Doomtree Zoo, an all-day concert at CHS Field featuring local acts including Open Mike Eagle, Trash Talk and Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic. The concert was also billed as a family-friendly event, attracting all ages down to the stadium.
One of our favorite Saint Paul events happens twice a year, with CHS Field playing host to its warm weather edition. Beer Dabbler's Summer Dabbler continues to be a tremendous success, with more than 130 breweries sampling over 400 beers on the stadium grass.
And finally, CHS Field’s best use is arguably the one it was built for—St. Paul Saints Baseball. The club has earned its reputation as one of the most fun, high energy experiences in Saint Paul (which isn’t difficult, we suppose, with Bill Murray as co-owner and "Team Psychologist"). Whether you’re participating in a new world-record attempt like those mentioned above, cheering on the team with Mudonna, singing harmonies with Seiko, checking out the craft beer corner or rolling around on the grass berm, CHS Field offers plenty to the baseball game experience.