Updated: 07/31/2014 3:35 PM
Created: 07/31/2014 2:52 PM KSTP.com
By: Lauren Beukelman
The Hamline University baseball team will call Lowertown Ballpark its official home starting in 2015, after signing a 25-year contract with the City of St. Paul on Thursday.
"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Hamline University to Lowertown," Mayor Chris Coleman said. "This is just one in a history of great partnerships we have shared with Hamline, and the university's addition to the new ballpark speaks to the essence of what it was built to be - a community park, open to everyone, and host to a variety of events, on and off the field."
The university will commit to lease payments to St. Paul to help finance the ballpark and the cost of supplying a third locker room, which will be used by the Hamline baseball team.
The terms of the contract give Hamline access to the playing field, practice facilities, office and storage space as well as visibility at the ballpark.
"We are thrilled to call the Lowertown Ballpark home for Hamline baseball," Hamline President Linda Hanson said. "Our Pipers will have the best field in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and this progressive partnership offers our athletes access to top-notch facilities and a unique experience with Division III baseball."
The Pipers, who previously played at Midway Stadium, will use the park from March to May to play more than a dozen games each year in addition to holding fall, spring and summer practices. The university's junior varsity team will also play games in Lowertown Ballpark.