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The Royals finish the 2008 season at the Metrodome
. They will also finish 2009 there, in what will be the last regular season game the Twins ever play in the building that’s been their home since 1982. Just a matter of blocks from the Metrodome, construction of a $517 million OUTDOOR ballpark is well underway. Scheduled to open in April, 2010, Target Field
will offer fans all the modern amenities the new generation of ballparks have spawned: great site lines, wonderful concessions, close proximity to the field….and….oh yeah….MINNESOTA WEATHER!!
It was a long battle to get a new ballpark, and securing all that public money was very difficult. But getting the additional $100 million for a retractable roof proved to be impossible. So even though a generation (or more) of Twin Cities fans have come to know baseball as (at times) an indoor refuge from the elements, they’ll find out what their parents and grandparents learned before them: It gets cold in Minneapolis!!
Before you ask “if they couldn’t get a roof, why not just stay in the Metrodome?” let me stop you right there. New ballparks are, of course about fans, but they’re also about money. The new ballpark, even with the occasional snow-out and/or rainout, will generate a LOT more revenue. For example, the Vikings get all luxury suite revenue in the Dome, the Twins get none of it. The Twins will be in much better financial shape in their new home.
Of course, those of you old enough will remember that Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington (on the site where the Mall of America now sits) was the home of the Twins and Vikings through 1981, so it has been proven that a full baseball season CAN happen in the elements.
Here’s what it will look like when it’s completed in 2010. Looks beautiful. Royals VP Mike Swanson tells us the Royals played in the last baseball game in the old outdooor stadium and the Chiefs played in the last game of any type at “The Met.”
Bob Davis pointing to the (heated, we hope) broadcast booths. With Minneapolis-based Target buying the naming rights, it’ll be called Target Field, which means they won’t have batting practice, they’ll have..anyone? anyone? yes… TARGET PRACTICE!
Between the old ballpark and the new one underconstruction, you can find Mary Richards
(aka Mary Tyler Moore) throwing away her hat in Midtown Minneapolis. The Twins will follow suit in 2010. All kidding aside, it looks like a beautiful ballpark, and I look forward to seeing it
Nice to remember the great Mary Tyler Moore show from the 1970’s in her fictitious hometown.