Pioneers will play at Sea Foam this season

The two-time NEFL Champion St. Paul Pioneers will call a new stadium home for the 2012 season: Sea Foam Stadium at Concordia University-St. Paul.

Sea Foam, one of the best and newest football stadiums in the St. Paul- Minneapolis Twin Cities area, opened two years ago. It cost an estimated $14.5 million to build and is located in the heart of St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood at Interstate Hwy. 94 and Hamline Avenue.

The Pioneers will have full access to the stadium facilities, including home and away locker rooms. Being on the campus of Concordia University should feel like coming home to several current and former Pioneers players, many of whom played for the Golden Bears during their college careers.

“We would like to thank Concordia officials and staff for their willingness to work with us to make this exciting opportunity happen,” Pioneers Head Coach Mark Heiser said. “Moving to Concordia will only help the Pioneers draw an even larger fan base.”

The move to Sea Foam already is opening new doors for Pioneers sponsorships and other partnerships with area businesses. New announcements regarding those developments will be coming soon.

With its move, St. Paul ends a run of four seasons at St. Paul Humboldt High School, where the Pioneers lost only one home game in all that time.

“Humboldt was a fantastic home for us and we want to thank the staff of Humboldt, including Athletics Director Dave Mergens and Head Football Coach Anthony Minus, for all they did to accommodate us over the years,” Pioneers assistant head coach Jim Walsh said. “The folks there really went out of their way to make it a hometown atmosphere for us. The move to Concordia will give us more visibility in the community, as well as make it a little easier for visiting fans to find us.”

St. Paul’s home and away schedule is still to be set at an upcoming NEFL league meeting. The Pioneers will have four regular season NEFL home games. The season will start in May.

“We are working on lining up at least one pre-season home game right now,” Heiser said. “We want it to be a good match-up for us and our fans.”