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Friday, 01 September 2006 11:05

Twins Ballpark

Target Field (New Twins Ballpark)

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New Twins Ballpark

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Right Field Aerial View 

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3rd Base Skyline View 

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7th Street Plaza Entry View 

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6th Street Overlook View 

New Twins Ballpark - Cross Section

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Cross Section

 Outfield Section - New Twins Ballpark

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Outfield Cross Section

 Club Level View - New Twins Ballpark

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Club Level View 

 Main Concourse Plan - New Twins Ballpark

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Main Concourse Plan 

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View Level Plan 

 Site Plan - New Twins Stadium

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Site Plan

 City Site Plan - New Twins Ballpark

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City Site Plan

Details from the Twins on the new design (4/12/07)

Additional details from the Twins are available from the Media Kit provided by the Twins (PDF)

Minnesota’s new 40,000-seat ballpark is scheduled to open in spring of 2010, marking the Twins’ 50th season of
playing baseball in the Upper Midwest.

Seating
Minnesota’s new ballpark will feature one of the closest seating bowls to the playing field in all of Major League
Baseball, and will have approximately 18,500 infield seats.
Concourse
The ballpark will feature a 360-degree open main concourse giving fans an uninterrupted view of the playing fi eld.
The concourses will be twice as wide as those found in the Metrodome.
Celebrating Minnesota’s Rich Baseball Heritage
Minnesota’s new ballpark will celebrate the heritage and history of the game across the Upper Midwest. While
plans are yet to be fi nalized, the ballpark will include tributes to the great Twins teams and players from years gone
by as well as other Minnesota baseball icons.
Field Dimensions
The preliminary dimensions for Minnesota’s new ballpark are 339’ to Left; 377’ to LF Power Alley; 404’ to Center;
367’ to RF Power Alley; and 328’ to Right. The outfi eld walls are 8’ from the left fi eld foul pole to right center fi eld
and 23’ from right center field to right field foul pole.
The Knotholes
Minnesota’s new ballpark will feature multiple “Knotholes” along the 5th Street side of the ballpark allowing fans to
watch the action outside the park without buying a ticket.
Environmentally Friendly Ballpark
An environmentally friendly design that incorporates conservation, sustainability and energy effi ciency.
Restrooms
There will be 401 women’s and 266 men’s restroom fi xtures in Minnesota’s new ballpark versus 256 (women’s) and
192 (men’s) fi xtures at the Metrodome.
Materials
The ballpark’s exterior is a modern interpretation of the state’s natural creations. Hearty, weather resistant, native
Minnesotan limestone forms the mass of the ballpark’s façade. Glass and metal details punctuate the limestone
surface, creating a sophisticated composition. In addition, whenever possible, the ballpark and surrounding areas
will incorporate Minnesota-native flowers, trees and shrubs.
Ballpark Location
The North Loop neighborhood and historic Warehouse District of Minneapolis (adjacent to Target Center).
Ballpark Size
One million total square feet and seating for approximately 40,000 fans, which is comparable to Pittsburgh’s PNC
Park and San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
Ballpark Type
Outdoor – open-air, natural-grass ballpark, with a view of the downtown Minneapolis skyline.
Ballpark Owner
The Minnesota Ballpark Authority, a new political subdivision created by the Minnesota Legislature in conjunction
with the Twins-Hennepin County ballpark legislation, will own and oversee the new ballpark on behalf of the public.
Timeline
Construction will start in August 2007; the ballpark will open for the 2010 Major League Baseball season.
Fan Comfort
Seats in the new Twins ballpark will be generally wider and feature more legroom than those at the Metrodome.
In addition, the new Twins ballpark will feature more aisles with fewer seats per row.
Climate / Shelter
The Twins are committed to providing a comfortable experience for fans – even on days when our weather is less
than perfect. Fans will be able to take advantage of heated concessions, restrooms, restaurant and lounge areas
found on each ballpark level. In addition, the ballpark’s sun screen – one of the largest in baseball – will provide
added protection.

THESE ARE THE ORIGINAL DETAILS FROM APRIL OF 2005. PLEASE REFER TO THE MATERIAL ABOVE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION 

On April 24, 2005 the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club and Hennepin County presented a proposal for construction of a new ballpark for the Minnesota Twins. The proposed site location is near the confluence of Interstate Hwy. 394, the end of the Hiawatha Light Rail line and the proposed Northstar commuter rail in downtown Minneapolis, and has been given the name, Rapid Park

On Sept. 29 2006, the Hennepin County board of commissioners voted 4-3 to authorize a sales tax extension to fund part of a new Twins ballpark. 

Key aspects of the funding for the ballpark are:

  • Owner Carl Pohlad and the Minnesota Twins will provide $125 million to help develop the ballpark.
  • The $125 million will be broken down into an initial payment of $40 million with the additional $85 million paid before completion of the new facility.
  • Hennepin County would fund $353 million (65 percent) of the $478-million ballpark cost by issuing 30-year tax-exempt county bonds, payable from a countywide .15-percent sales tax (which excludes groceries, clothing and medical costs).
  • The tax is expected to generate approximately $28 million a year to underwrite the debt.
  • The levying of that tax must be approved by the Minnesota Legislature.
  • County and Twins representatives do not want the tax increase to go to a referendum.
  • The Twins would like a roof -- at expense to the state. Cost is est. at $100 million.
  • If funding for the roof is not made available, the Twins and Hennepin Co. will move forward on the open-air facility.

The following are the details of the proposal that has now been approved, as described by Hennepin County:

Rendering of the Rapid Park site by HOK

Twins Site Plan

 The following are links to documents detailing the ballpark plan by the Minnesota Twins and Hennepin Co.

Artist Renderings by HOK of the proposed ballpark

Downtown View

Twins ballpark - Downtown View


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View from behind Homeplate

Twins ballpark - Home Plate View

 

View from Right Field

Twins ballpark - Right Field View


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Exterior concourse

Twins ballpark - Exterior View

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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