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Nice marketing MNUFC

Posted Thursday, November 21st, 2019 11:07 am GMT -6 in Business,Sports at 11:07 AM

Marketing geniuses, I tells ya

Originally published by DK on November 21, 2019 at 11:07 am

Welcome to the Ring

Posted Thursday, October 24th, 2019 08:27 pm GMT -6 in Football,Sports,Work at 8:27 PM

Blow that horn, Steve Jordan

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Corey Kitzmann

Posted Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 01:15 pm GMT -6 in Personal,Quotes,Sports at 1:15 PM

I’m not sure there is a better place in the entire world to reflect on life than in a boat on Lake Vermilion…

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2019 at 1:15 pm

Twins Arete

Posted Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 06:34 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Friends,Sports,Technology,Work at 6:34 PM

John Avenson bringing the heat

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Your Northern Division Champs!!

Posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 12:01 am GMT -6 in Baseball,Sports at 12:01 AM

Way to go Saints – that was amazing!

Originally published by DK on September 11, 2019 at 12:01 am

The Austrians are invading

Posted Thursday, September 5th, 2019 07:29 pm GMT -6 in Pop Culture,Sports at 7:29 PM

By ice and by air

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2019 at 7:29 pm

Saints Honorary Media Member

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 09:38 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Sports at 9:38 PM

The Saint Paul Saints have always been the masters of promotion. When they posted a link to a “Media Member for the Day” event, I grabbed the August 27th game against the Chicago Dogs and patiently waited. With only a handful of regular season games left, tonight was the night. I walked across the street from our house and picked up my pass from the box office, entered the VIP/Media entrance on Broadway and walked up to my perch behind home plate.

Working in an NFL stadium, our press box is only in use ten days a year (unless there is a Minneapolis Miracle). The Saints play fifty home games in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, plus the potential for best-of-five divisional and championship match-ups. With seven games left in the 2019 season, the Saints have a record of 59-34 and are 1.5 games back of Fargo-Moorhead, who clinched a playoff spot last night.

If they make the post-season, this will be the second year in a row. We went to all of the playoff games last year and were really surprised at how few people attended. The Saints lead the league in regular season attendance – in fact, they have double the attendance of the next closest team this year (363,109 versus 167,131 for Winnipeg). CHS Field (built in 2015 for $64.7 million by Ryan Companies) officially holds 7,210 fans, but the Saints average 8,069 people per game. My guess is that the huge corporate outing business that drives attendance during the year just isn’t there for the playoff games. If the Saints do make it to back-to-back playoffs, the dates this year would be:

  • Divisional Playoff Games: 9/4, 9/5, 9/7 (9/8 & 9/9, if necessary)
  • Championship Games: 9/11, 9/12, 9/14 (9/15 & 9/16, if necessary)

The division winner gets to choose which games they will host, with one team hosting the first two games and the other team hosting Game 3, as well as the final two games if they end up being needed.

So how does this press box compare to ours? The Vikings have spaces for 175 people in the main seating area and I would say you could squeeze in about six people at CHS. We both have high-speed WiFi and wired data ports available, a friendly press box announcer that reports stats as they happen and complimentary food and beverages. The press box at CHS sits between the TV broadcast booth on one side and the event production booth on the other. Of course, this is also where the peanuts get thrown down during the seventh inning stretch (looking forward to that).

Nothing against the Saints, but they really get caught up in the overall decline of local journalism. I can understand no Star Tribune or TV representation, but where is the Pioneer Press? Aside from the occasional Shooter mention, I don’t think you can even find a box score in the hometown paper. John Shipley did write a story during the All-Star festivities, but that was likely just because Joe Mauer and a bunch of Vikings played in the charity softball game.

Aside from that issue, the Saints definitely produce a great product in the crowded Twin Cities sports market. As a guy who grew up in Saint Paul going to games at Midway Stadium, the organization will always hold a special place in the history of the city. The new City of Baseball museum along the third base line is really well done and is a great addition to the building. CHS Field truly is a beautiful facility and GM Derek Sharrer runs a great operation.

Thanks for letting me visit!

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2019 at 9:38 pm

Preseason #2

Posted Saturday, August 24th, 2019 01:53 pm GMT -6 in Football,Sports,Work at 1:53 PM

They should all count

Originally published by DK on August 24, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Still finding stuff from this

Posted Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 03:25 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Sports,Work at 3:25 PM

That was quite a weekend, though

Originally published by DK on August 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Sunday Saints

Posted Sunday, August 11th, 2019 05:11 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Sports at 5:11 PM

Hopefully they do better than the Twins today

Originally published by DK on August 11, 2019 at 5:11 pm

Three down, one to go

Posted Friday, August 9th, 2019 11:56 am GMT -6 in Design,Sports,Work at 11:56 AM

So long, X Games

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2019 at 11:56 am

Damn Hooligans

Posted Sunday, August 4th, 2019 12:36 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 12:36 PM

Spin you right round, baby, right round

Originally published by DK on August 4, 2019 at 12:36 pm

X Games history

Posted Thursday, August 1st, 2019 09:28 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 9:28 PM

Four in a row + indoor vert

Originally published by DK on August 1, 2019 at 9:28 pm

The Spread of Sports Betting

Posted Sunday, July 28th, 2019 08:24 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Mini Posts,Sports at 8:24 PM

While I worked for a number of years in the casino business, my property never offered sports betting. As it now spreads across the United States, it is starting to make an impact with my current industry, professional sports venue management. I haven’t done a lot of research on this topic, but I feel like both sides aren’t fully prepared for all the potential side effects of a much larger pool of bettors.

Minnesota has always had a unique gaming environment among states and the various types of tribal compacts, so I don’t envision any immediate changes in the landscape. As it sweeps across the country, though, I imagine Minnesota will join at some point – too much money is involved to completely sit out. Minnesota tribes have understandably been reluctant to reopen the gaming agreements, but most of the larger ones already have ties to professional sports in one form or another.

As a technical venue manager, I’m curious as to what additional demands will be made on wireless networks, digital signage, cyber security and real-time statistical data feeds if sports betting is approved here. Not to mention physical changes to buildings if things like betting windows were ever to be added. I can easily imagine fans having sports betting apps on their phones, placing bets in their seats during a game and wanting to cash out winners immediately.

Lastly, I had another thought while watching the Twins lose their epic battle with the Yankees the other night. If human referees and umpires are still used in all leagues (which is likely), what extra security measures will be needed when they make bad calls? Will it influence how they make calls in the first place? It’s already a challenging environment with rowdy fans who have had too much to drink…

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2019 at 8:24 pm

This will be a busy week

Posted Sunday, July 28th, 2019 05:11 pm GMT -6 in Art,Games,Sports,Work at 5:11 PM

XGMN19 – now with e-sports

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2019 at 5:11 pm

MK swam with her at Riptide

Posted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 02:22 pm GMT -6 in Links,Sports,Video at 2:22 PM

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Olympic History

Posted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 01:26 am GMT -6 in Sports,Travel,Work at 1:26 AM

Really didn’t know that is so close to Staples Center

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 1:26 am

Because of course

Posted Friday, July 26th, 2019 09:12 pm GMT -6 in Cars,Sports,Travel,Work at 9:12 PM

This market is so not like the others

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2019 at 9:12 pm

So much baseball ⚾️

Posted Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 07:43 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Sports at 7:43 PM

Two nights of All Stars, now two nights to start the second half

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2019 at 7:43 pm

American Association All Stars

Posted Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 06:21 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Shopping,Sports at 6:21 PM

So much CHS Field time this week

Originally published by DK on July 23, 2019 at 6:21 pm

Champion Golfer + Twins

Posted Sunday, July 21st, 2019 01:01 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Golf,Sports,Television at 1:01 PM

Now we just need a win over Oakland

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Losing stinks, but this was cool

Posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 07:38 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Links,Sports at 7:38 PM

https://www.tmz.com/2019/07/17/pete-alonso-home-run-minnesota-474-feet-new-york-mets-mlb/

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2019 at 7:38 pm

The tarps are finally off

Posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 12:44 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Sports,Weather at 12:44 PM

Weirdest rain delay ever

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Soccer up close

Posted Saturday, July 13th, 2019 11:26 pm GMT -6 in Sports at 11:26 PM

Fun night + Loons victory 1-0

Originally published by DK on July 13, 2019 at 11:26 pm

Yay, USWNT!

Posted Sunday, July 7th, 2019 12:42 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Television at 12:42 PM

That was some good TV sportsball

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Best thing in pro sports

Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2019 07:36 am GMT -6 in Hockey,Sports,Television at 7:36 AM

From the handshake line to the booing of Bettman and the handoff of the trophy

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2019 at 7:36 am

U.S. sports betting year one

Posted Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 04:40 pm GMT -6 in Business,Casinos,Links,Sports at 4:40 PM

http://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/26740441/one-year-legal-us-sports-betting-learned

Originally published by DK on May 14, 2019 at 4:40 pm

Great tech here

Posted Friday, May 10th, 2019 01:53 pm GMT -6 in Biking,Friends,Sports at 1:53 PM

Congrats to Yagya and Atomic Data on some very smart work

Originally published by DK on May 10, 2019 at 1:53 pm

River still a bit high

Posted Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 04:04 pm GMT -6 in Biking,Sports,Weather at 4:04 PM

…but got to ride the whole river path today (before the rain)

Originally published by DK on May 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm

Beautiful day to ride

Posted Monday, May 6th, 2019 12:16 pm GMT -6 in Biking,Sports,Weather at 12:16 PM

I’m so out of shape – this month should help a lot

Originally published by DK on May 6, 2019 at 12:16 pm

New purchases

Posted Saturday, April 27th, 2019 03:12 pm GMT -6 in Biking,Personal,Sports at 3:12 PM

Part I – protect the brain

Originally published by DK on April 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm

If you draft another corner…

Posted Thursday, April 25th, 2019 09:20 pm GMT -6 in Football,Sports,Work at 9:20 PM

…don’t come home

Originally published by DK on April 25, 2019 at 9:20 pm

They got out just in time

Posted Thursday, April 11th, 2019 08:47 am GMT -6 in Sports,Weather at 8:47 AM

Of course it needs to snow again

Originally published by DK on April 11, 2019 at 8:47 am

The Road Ends

Posted Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 03:18 am GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 3:18 AM

Yup, I’m still here (no trains until 4:13am)

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2019 at 3:18 am

The road to the pizza party

Posted Monday, April 8th, 2019 03:11 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends,Sports,Work at 3:11 PM

…ends here.

Originally published by DK on April 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm

The league’s best venue

Posted Sunday, April 7th, 2019 04:07 pm GMT -6 in Football,Links,Sports,Work at 4:07 PM

Vikings stadium seamlessly transitions to basketball hub

Originally published by DK on April 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm

This is really nice

Posted Saturday, April 6th, 2019 03:06 pm GMT -6 in Music,Sports at 3:06 PM

Bravo, Timberwolves

Originally published by DK on April 6, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Not our worst season

Posted Saturday, April 6th, 2019 02:59 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 2:59 PM

TRUTH

Originally published by DK on April 6, 2019 at 2:59 pm

DO feed the nerds

Posted Thursday, April 4th, 2019 09:30 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends,Sports,Work at 9:30 PM

IT Command will be the place to be the next three days

Originally published by DK on April 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm

Hello, Pup

Posted Monday, April 1st, 2019 08:17 pm GMT -6 in Sports at 8:17 PM

You never know what will happen at Target Center these days

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2019 at 8:17 pm

This should be fun

Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2019 01:36 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,News,Sports at 1:36 PM

Happy Baseball Opener everyone!

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2019 at 1:36 pm

Pork Boy

Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 08:32 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Sports,Work at 8:32 PM

We are all just a bunch of meat sacks…

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2019 at 8:32 pm

Prince sound bites rule

Posted Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 07:26 pm GMT -6 in Music,Sports at 7:26 PM

Every Minnesota team should do that for every game

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2019 at 7:26 pm

Hey look, it’s Shelly!

Posted Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 07:10 pm GMT -6 in Family,Friends,Sports at 7:10 PM

Timberwolves vs. Golden State @ Target Center

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Happy Shamrock Shake Day!

Posted Sunday, March 17th, 2019 03:25 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Fashion,Holidays,Sports at 3:25 PM

I finally own a green hat to wear once a year

Originally published by DK on March 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm

The Grand Flownale

Posted Sunday, March 10th, 2019 11:43 am GMT -6 in Fashion,Hockey,Links,Schools,Sports at 11:43 AM

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2019 at 11:43 am

The banners are up

Posted Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 10:38 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 10:38 PM

…and the countdown is on

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2019 at 10:38 pm

Wish I could see the ball

Posted Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 07:47 pm GMT -6 in Personal,Sports at 7:47 PM

Return to this game will be a while, unfortunately

Originally published by DK on February 27, 2019 at 7:47 pm

That time of the year

Posted Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 07:23 am GMT -6 in Hockey,Sports at 7:23 AM

In or out?

Originally published by DK on February 26, 2019 at 7:23 am

On to the End of the Road

Posted Sunday, February 17th, 2019 06:40 pm GMT -6 in Family,Friends,Sports,Work at 6:40 PM

Now that Monster Jam is over, it’s full on Final Four

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm

Baby Diggers in the house

Posted Friday, February 15th, 2019 10:06 am GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 10:06 AM

What a franchise, eh?

Originally published by DK on February 15, 2019 at 10:06 am

Bring on the Monsters

Posted Monday, February 11th, 2019 02:16 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 2:16 PM

Monster Jam returns Saturday

Originally published by DK on February 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm

Today at the stadium

Posted Saturday, February 9th, 2019 04:29 pm GMT -6 in History,Sports,Technology,Work at 4:29 PM

I thought I felt a little déjà vu

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Everybody does it different

Posted Thursday, January 10th, 2019 07:48 pm GMT -6 in History,Sports,Technology at 7:48 PM

Like the surface charge space, though

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2019 at 7:48 pm

They lit the tree

Posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 01:38 pm GMT -6 in Holidays,Sports at 1:38 PM

Before basketball – not lit, after basketball – lit

Originally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

The ops team rocked it

Posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 01:35 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Sports,Work at 1:35 PM

The place looked great – nicely done

Originally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

NotATweet: Timberwolves home opener

Posted Friday, October 19th, 2018 06:47 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Sports,Work at 6:47 PM

Good luck to Justin and his team at tonight’s Timberwolves home opener against Cleveland

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Beware, creatures of the forest

Posted Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 07:23 pm GMT -6 in Nature,Sports at 7:23 PM

The huntin’ time has arrived…

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2018 at 7:23 pm

NotATweet: 2018 Superior Fall races

Posted Saturday, September 8th, 2018 11:13 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Marathons,Running,Sports,Tweets at 11:13 PM

Congrats to Kaitlyn (50 miles) and all the other amazing Superior fall trail racers

Originally published by DK on September 8, 2018 at 11:13 pm

My first stadium

Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2018 12:04 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Football,History,Sports at 12:04 PM

Don’t think I saw a Vikings game, but saw lots of Twins there

Originally published by DK on August 16, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Don’t envy goalies

Posted Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 05:56 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 5:56 PM

Those nets are huge

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2018 at 5:56 pm

First timer at CHS Field

Posted Sunday, July 29th, 2018 05:01 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Family,Sports at 5:01 PM

Hope they play better than last night

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Historic Height

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 08:32 pm GMT -6 in History,Sports,Work at 8:32 PM

Highest quarter pipe jump ever @ X Games

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 8:32 pm

Unlike all others

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 10:30 am GMT -6 in Art,Sports,Work at 10:30 AM

X Games is such a cool event

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

Work on the train

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2018 12:55 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 12:55 PM

July will be busy

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Coming soon to St. Paul

Posted Thursday, June 7th, 2018 02:27 am GMT -6 in Sports at 2:27 AM

Hope to hear lots of Oasis (and Rhymesayers)

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2018 at 2:27 am

The God of Hong Kong Horses

Posted Monday, May 7th, 2018 04:06 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Links,Sports at 4:06 PM

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-05-03/the-gambler-who-cracked-the-horse-racing-code

Originally published by DK on May 7, 2018 at 4:06 pm

No snow or ice here

Posted Saturday, April 14th, 2018 11:27 am GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 11:27 AM

Just a whole lotta dirt and gas fumes

Originally published by DK on April 14, 2018 at 11:27 am

Got my Duke

Posted Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 12:44 pm GMT -6 in Football,Shopping,Sports,Work at 12:44 PM

The big staff sale finally made it reasonable

Originally published by DK on March 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Had to do this one

Posted Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 10:00 pm GMT -6 in Family,Personal,Sports at 10:00 PM

Miss you, Mom ❤️

Originally published by DK on February 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm
 

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