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Twins Ballpark

Location 3rd Ave. N, between 5th St. N and 7th St. N, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Broke ground August 30, 2007
Opened Opening Day 2010 (scheduled)
Owner Hennepin County
Surface Grass
Construction cost $522 million
Architect HOK Sport
Tenants
Minnesota Twins (MLB) (2010-present)
Capacity
42,000
Dimensions
Left Field - 339 ft
Left-Center - 377 ft
Center Field - 404 ft
Right-Center - 367 ft.
Right Field - 328 ft.

Twins Ballpark is the working title of the future stadium for the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It will be the franchise's sixth ballpark and third in Minnesota, replacing their current ballpark, the Metrodome. Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minneapolis redirects here. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Opening Day is warmly regarded in North American tradition as the beginning of a new Major League Baseball season. ... Hennepin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, named in honor of the 17th-century French explorer Father Louis Hennepin. ... USD redirects here. ... HOK Sport + Venue + Event, a division of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, is an architectural practice specializing in the design of public assembly spaces and planning of major special events. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... Major Leagues redirects here. ... 2010 (MMX) will be a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The new Wembley Stadium in London is the most expensive stadium ever built; it has a seating capacity of 90,000 This article is about the building type. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... Minneapolis redirects here. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... The entrance The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, usually simply called The Metrodome or The Dome, and often nicknamed the Homerdome (even though in reality it is no friendlier to the long ball than average[3]), is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


The stadium will be a 42,000 seat ballpark on the north edge of downtown Minneapolis between 6th and 7th streets near the Warehouse District and the Target Center; it is planned to have an unobstructed view of the downtown skyline. The field is designed to be broadly similar to that of Pittsburgh's PNC Park[citation needed], deemed by the Twins to be a "neutral" park which favors neither hitters nor pitchers; the current Metrodome with its white teflon ceiling is often said to be a "hitter's park", favoring the offense. Fan amenities are anticipated to be designed after those of the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the last major sports venue built in the area. Although earlier proposals called for the park to be built with a retractable roof, the current version of the park has neither a roof nor provisions to install one. The Target Center The Target Center is an arena in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota sponsored by Target Corporation that is home to the National Basketball Associations Minnesota Timberwolves and Womens National Basketball Associations Minnesota Lynx. ... For other uses, see Skyline (disambiguation). ... PNC Park is a baseball stadium located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Teflon is a trademark of DuPont and is commonly used for the chemical compound polytetrafluoroethylene. ... The Xcel Energy Center as it appeared during the 2004 NHL All-Star Weekend. ... For an overview of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, see Minneapolis-Saint Paul. ... A retractable roof is a technology used in many sports venues. ...


Current estimates put the stadium cost at $390 million, while infrastructure and financing costs would bring the total to $522 million. Work on the site began on May 21, 2007, with the official groundbreaking for the stadium taking place August 30, 2007,[1] delayed from the original date of August 2 due to the I-35W Bridge Collapse.[2] The Twins have targeted 2015 as a year to host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[3] The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The I-35W Mississippi River bridge was an eight-lane, steel truss bridge that carried Interstate 35W across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ... For the video game developer, see 2015, Inc. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World...

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Development

Early Plans

Plans for moving the Twins out of the Metrodome began to take serious shape in the mid-1990s. By 1995, the Twins had found a new site just north of the Metrodome, on a large piece of land next to the Mississippi River.[4] Located in the old Mills District, the stadium would have sat next to the current Guthrie Theater; the cleared land for the stadium eventually became Gold Medal Park, a public park, in 2007.[5] During the 1995 Minnesota legislative session, the proposed Mississippi River-sited stadium would have cost $300 million less than the proposed ballpark which eventually passed the legislature eleven years later.[4] For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ... The Mills District, bounded on the northeast by the Mississippi River. ... The Guthrie Theater is a venue for staging plays in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


The Twins underwent turbulent times in the late-1990s and into the new century: in 1997, owner Carl Pohlad almost sold the Twins to North Carolina businessman Don Beaver, who would have moved the team to the Piedmont Triad (Greensboro - Winston-Salem - High Point) area of the state. The defeat of a referendum for a stadium in that area and a lack of interest in building a stadium for the Twins in Charlotte killed the deal. In 2001, the Twins, along with the Montreal Expos (who eventually became the Washington Nationals), were identified as a target for MLB "contraction" (elimination) by Commissioner Bud Selig after a vote by MLB owners.[6] The contraction plans were shelved after the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling requiring the Twins to play baseball in the Metrodome in 2003; however the pressure did spur the Minnesota House to vote in favor of some stadium legislation as well as support from then-Governor Jesse Ventura[7][8] The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Carl Pohlad (b. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... The Piedmont Triad, Triad, or North Carolina Triad is a region of North Carolina in the Piedmont that consists of the area centered around the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and Burlington. ... Greensboro redirects here. ... Nickname: Motto: Youre Something Special in Winston-Salem Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Forsyth County Founded Consolidated 1766 Salem 1849 Winston 1913 Government  - Mayor Allen Joines (D) Area  - City  132. ... Nickname: Location in Guilford County and the state of North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Guilford, Davidson, Randolph, Forsyth Government  - Mayor Rebecca Smothers Area  - Total 95. ... Elections Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, originally a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 until 2004. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Washington Nationals (2005–present) Montreal Expos (1969-2004) Other nicknames The Nats Ballpark Nationals Ballpark (2008–present) RFK Stadium 2005-2007 Hiram Bithorn Stadium[3] (San Juan) (2003-2004) Olympic Stadium (Montreal) (1977... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Allan Huber Bud Selig, Jr. ... The Minnesota Supreme Court is the highest court in the U.S. state of Minnesota and consists of seven members. ... Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, and The Governing Body, is an American politician, retired professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ...


Legislation and funding

The site of the under-construction Twins Ballpark, two-days before work commenced on May 21, 2007. The location is bordered by 7th St. N (overpass on left), the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (building with smokestacks at rear left as well as the similarly colored small building to the right of it), 5th St. N (overpass on the right side), and the 394 exits and downtown parking ramp (foreground).
The site of the under-construction Twins Ballpark, two-days before work commenced on May 21, 2007. The location is bordered by 7th St. N (overpass on left), the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (building with smokestacks at rear left as well as the similarly colored small building to the right of it), 5th St. N (overpass on the right side), and the 394 exits and downtown parking ramp (foreground).

A state law passed in 1997 requires anytime a county seeks to raise its sale tax, the question needs to be put before the voters. The law also allows a county to seek permission from the state to enact the tax without a voter’s referendum. The Minnesota Legislature did not act on the bill during the 2005 session. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 482 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,072 × 1,852 pixels, file size: 3. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 482 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,072 × 1,852 pixels, file size: 3. ... The Minnesota State Legislature is the legislative branch of government in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ...


On April 26 2005, the Twins and Hennepin County announced that a deal had been reached, in which the Twins would pay roughly 1/3 of the stadium's cost ($125 million), with the rest being paid for by a 0.15% Hennepin County sales tax. The deal would need to be approved by the Hennepin County Board. After delaying the vote one week, on May 3 the Board voted 4-3 in favor of the stadium deal, with the vote falling entirely along gender lines (men supporting). Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak (DFL) had already weighed in favor of the stadium, a move said to hurt his bid for the party's endorsement for re-election. The plan passed its second hurdle on May 9, 2005 when a House committee of the Minnesota Legislature approved a bill to get around the referendum to be sent to the floor on a 17-5 vote. This legislation languished before the full Legislature, during a particularly gridlocked session, and was placed on the back burner, pending resolution of "more pressing" legislation. Naming rights belong to the Minnesota Twins. is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... Hennepin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, named in honor of the 17th-century French explorer Father Louis Hennepin. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... R.T. Rybak Raymond Thomas Rybak, Jr. ... The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a major political party in the US state of Minnesota. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Naming rights are the right to name a piece of property, either tangible property or an event, usually granted in exchange for financial considerations. ...


In the 2006 session, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the bill that would allow the team and county to go around the referendum. The Minnesota Senate also passed a version of the bill, but their version would also build a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings and fund transit projects. The two bills spent most of the legislative session in conference committee. The bill was passed by a 71-61 vote in the House and a 34-32 vote in the Senate. A ballot referendum, called for by many Hennepin County residents, was deemed infeasible due to the time-critical nature of the bill (a referendum would have to wait until the November general election, while dates for the Twins to play in the Metrodome in 2007 needed to be applied for by July 1). Under the legislation, $392 million in public subsidy is provided through the Hennepin County sales tax increase for the $522 million project. The ballpark is scheduled to be open for the 2010 baseball season, the Twins' 50th season in Minnesota. The final bill was approved on May 21 and was signed by governor Tim Pawlenty before the Twins' May 26 home game against the Seattle Mariners. The final version is substantially identical to the House version, with language relating to both the transit tax and the Vikings stadium stripped. The Minnesota House of Representatives is the lower house in the Minnesota State Legislature. ... The Minnesota Senate is the upper house in the Minnesota Legislature. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... For the town in France, see Ballots, Mayenne. ... Elections Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, originally a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ... Timothy James (Tim) Pawlenty (born November 27, 1960) is an American politician from the Republican Party. ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None...


The County Board approved the ballpark plan 5-2 on June 20, 2006 (Commissioner Gail Dorfman, previously an opponent of the park, switched sides, stating that the park was a done deal and the focus now was on implementing it in the most responsible way possible). The area also still faces an environmental impact study, though it is expected to pass. is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In mid-February of 2007, funding and acquisition ran into a snag due to the fact that the purchase price had not been previously negotiated when the State bill was passed and the current owners of the land were asking for a higher price than was expected. On April 4, 2007, Dave St. Peter, Twins president and the head of the team's ballpark committee, announced that an agreement had been reached that would have the Twins paying a portion of the difference between Land Partners II's asking price and the county's budget for the land. As a result, after a four-month impasse, the Hennepin County board voted on April 10, 2007 to use eminent domain to acquire the land with the Twins helping to cover acquisition costs beyond the county's previous $13.5 million offer.[9] Before construction could begin, the Twins also reached a related agreement with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which owns property adjacent to the site.[10][11] With the issue over land moving forward, the Twins presented the official design of the new stadium on April 12; it had been delayed due to the land dispute.[12] is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (AAR reporting mark BNSF) (NYSE: BNI), headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and established as a result of a 1995 merger between the parent companies of the Burlington Northern Railroad and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, is one of the largest... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On May 1, 2007, Hennepin County officially took control of the land after placing $13.75 million into a court escrow account; although the court would still need to officially determine the price of the land in the condemnation process, the Twins agreed to pay any costs beyond the amount deposited.[11] The action assured that the construction of the stadium would begin on June 1, 2007.[13] In late August, a three-member condemnation panel ruled that the parcel was worth $23.8 million; developers had claimed that the fair market value was $65 million.[14] On October 15, 2007, the two sides reached a negotiated settlement of just under $29 million, ending the dispute; as a result the County noted it would have to cut back on some improvements to the surrounding streetscapes, though it also revealed that the Pohlad family had committed another $15 million for infrastructure.[15] is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Design

HOK Sport, the lead architectural design firm, tried to avoid creating a replica of the old-style brick Camden Yards or modern urban design of the new Nationals Ballpark (both also designed by HOK Sport).[16] Instead, the design for the new Twins Stadium employs local limestone, Minnesota fir trees outside the outfield, heated viewing areas and a heated field.[16][17] The stadium does not have a roof, rather a canopy.[17] The stadium will be adjacent to a new stop on the Hiawatha Line light rail system as well as the Minneapolis terminus of the Northstar Commuter Rail line to the northern suburbs. HOK Sport + Venue + Event, a division of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, is an architectural practice specializing in the design of public assembly spaces and planning of major special events. ... Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a baseball stadium located in Baltimore, Maryland, which was completed in 1992 to replace the aging Memorial Stadium. ... Nationals Ballpark, the planned new ballpark for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball, is projected to open in April 2008. ... The Hiawatha Line is a 12-mile (19-kilometer) light-rail corridor in Hennepin County, Minnesota that extends from downtown Minneapolis to the southern suburb of Bloomington, connecting to the Minneapolis-St. ... This article is about light rail systems in general. ... The Northstar Corridor is a proposed commuter rail line that will serve a region which runs to the northwest from Minneapolis, Minnesota toward St. ...


Criticism

Public funding

Controversy over a publicly funded stadium has plagued the Twins for over a decade. Critics argue this is corporate welfare and Hennepin County citizens weren't allowed to vote even though state law passed in 1997 called for a referendum when a county wanted to raise the sales tax. The same state law also allows a county to seek a waiver from the referendum. The 2006 developments were met with much opposition to exempt Hennepin County from a mandatory referendum. Both the Senate (34-32) and House (71-61) passed the exemption by slim margins on the final day of regular session and was signed by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty has expressed concern that the Twins were in danger of leaving town if a new stadium was not funded. Backing up the governor's position was the fact that Major League Baseball's previous collective bargaining agreement allowed them to fold up to two clubs following the 2006 season. Corporate welfare is a pejorative term, first coined by Ralph Nader in 1956, describing a governments bestowal of grants and/or tax breaks on corporations or other special favorable treatment from the government. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is the contract between the NHL and the NHLPA that defines the structure of procedural, financial, and disciplinary relationships between the NHL, its teams, and its players. ...


A majority in polls have found that the voters want a referendum, but the Twins and some of the commissioners have opposed it saying that it places the plan in jeopardy. The Twins have spent upwards of $750,000 for lobbying over the past decade [citation needed]. Overall opposition was lessened by the fact that only Hennepin County will see an increased sales tax, There also was some speculation that once Carl Pohlad no longer owned the team they might have moved without a new stadium. The new stadium seemingly ensures the team will play in Minneapolis free of contraction or threats to relocate.


No roof

The current proposal has been criticized for not including a retractable roof, nor provisions for one in the future, while previous plans included a roof. A retractable roof would add $100 million to the total cost of the stadium. None of the parties (Twins, Hennepin County or the state) were willing to pay for a retractable roof. Much like other northern cities with outdoor professional baseball (i.e. Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Cleveland) the weather in Minneapolis during a 162-game baseball season and playoffs can vary from early spring snow to rain and hot, humid weather. The Metrodome is climate-controlled, and has protected the baseball schedule during the entire time that it has been the venue for the Minnesota Twins. However, many Twins fans and baseball purists argue that this same sterile, climate-controlled environment creates a less-than-desirable atmosphere for watching baseball. The financial impact of adding a retractable roof is the other main reason that a roof will not be included in the new ballpark.


Smaller size

The site has also been criticized due to its small size, about one million square feet. The site is about the same size as that of Fenway Park, though it will have roughly 3,200 more seats. Fenway redirects here. ...


Many have shown concern [citation needed] for the logistics of the 5,000 people that will arrive every game via the Hiawatha light rail, because rather than unloading onto a broad plaza like that at the Metrodome, passengers will arrive and leave the ballpark in a space about 23 feet wide, roughly the width of a double garage. Others worry that not enough attention is being paid to make sure that the neighborhoods around the stadium, where related development is expected to occur, are not inadvertently walled off [citation needed]. As things stand, an 8-foot-high wall along the light-rail line will keep pedestrians from crossing N. 5th Street near the ballpark. There are also the Northstar Commuter Rail and Cedar Lake Trail lines coming into the small space around the stadium. The Northstar Corridor is a proposed commuter rail line that will serve a region which runs to the northwest from Minneapolis, Minnesota toward St. ... The Cedar Lake Trail is Americas first bike freeway, located on the east side of Minneapolis, MN. Inaugurated on February 17, 1995, the trail features two separate one-way lanes for bike traffic and one two-way lane for pedestrian traffic. ...


Comparison to Metrodome

New Ballpark Metrodome
Seats 42,000 56,000
Lower Deck Seats 20,000 21,621
Private Suites 60 115*
Group Party Suites 12 1
Club Level Seats 3,000 N/A
Upper Deck Seats †12,482 28,779
Disabled Seating 820 190
Lower/Club Seats Between 1st/3rd +/- 12,037 6,679
Outfield Seats +/- 6,748 18,594
Seats w/ Obstructed Views 0 1,392
Main Concourse 40 feet, open to field 22 feet, closed to field
Total Restrooms 34 16
*Controlled by Vikings
†Smallest in MLB according to MLB.com
Preceded by
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
1982–present (2009 planned)
Future home of the
Minnesota Twins
Planned opening 2010
Succeeded by
None

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... The entrance The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, usually simply called The Metrodome or The Dome, and often nicknamed the Homerdome (even though in reality it is no friendlier to the long ball than average[3]), is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... 2010 (MMX) will be a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  1. ^ Twins ballpark groundbreaking rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30. MLB Advanced Media (2007-08-09). Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  2. ^ Chros McDougall, Construction under way at ballpark site, Downtown Journal, May 21, 2007.
  3. ^ Dave St. Peter, Twins Target 2015 for All-Star Game’s Return to Minnesota, Minnesota Twins Ballpark Blog, July 9, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Paul Levy, No Vikings stadium bill now, but next year, maybe?, Star Tribune, May 19, 2007.
  5. ^ Linda Mack, New park gets a gold star from its first visitors, Star Tribune, May 16, 2007.
  6. ^ Michael Khoo, [Court rules against Twins in Metrodome lease case], Minnesota Public Radio, January 22, 2002.
  7. ^ Bob Collins, Selig says Twins' contraction still 'a possibility', Minnesota Public Radio, March 26, 2002.
  8. ^ Brian Bakst, Ventura signs $330 million Twins stadium bill, Associated Press, May 22, 2002.
  9. ^ John Vomhof Jr., County will seize land for Twins site; Twins will chip in, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, April 10, 2007.
  10. ^ Mike Kaszuba, Twins step up to plate for ballpark land, Star Tribune, April 10, 2007.
  11. ^ a b John Vomhof Jr., County moves ahead with stadium site plan,Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, May 1, 2007
  12. ^ What's Next?, Star Tribune, April 10, 2007.
  13. ^ Mike Kaszuba, County takes title of land for Twins ballpark, Star Tribune, May 1, 2007.
  14. ^ Twins ballpark land price ruling leans toward county offer. Minnesota Public Radio (2007-08-20). Retrieved on 2007-08-20.
  15. ^ Rochelle Olson, Stadium land feud ends with cost stretching to $29 million, Star Tribune, October 15, 2007.
  16. ^ a b Mike Kaszuba, Twins ballpark: Above us ... only sky, Star Tribune, April 12, 2007.
  17. ^ a b John Gilbert, Renderings for new Twins park shown, mlb.com, April 12, 2007.
  1. Official Developer website
  2. Twins, Gophers score stadium victories from Star-Tribune
  3. Twins Ballpark page on Ballparks.com
  4. GOP Opposition
  5. The Taxpayers League of Minnesota
  6. The Twins Stadium Bill MN State Legislature HF2480, SF2297
  7. Metrodome/New Ballpark Comparison
  8. Twinsville
  9. [1] Minnesota Legislative Reference Library: Baseball Stadiums

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External links

  • Official website, with live webcam of site
  • Twins Ballpark 2010 (fan site following the building progress)
  • Google Satellite image of location (currently just a parking lot)

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Minnesota Twins: Information from Answers.com (3652 words)
The "Minnesota" designation, instead of "Minneapolis" (The Twins were the first professional baseball team to be named for a state rather than a city), comes from the fact that the team is intended to represent the twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul (and, presumably, the entire state).
Over the past 10 years, the Twins have argued that the lack of a modern baseball-dedicated ballpark has stood in the way of producing a top-notch, competitve team, despite the fact that their current stadium, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, played a crucial role in their championship seasons of 1987 and 1991.
The Twins are the first team in Major League history to sweep the Player of the Month, Pitcher of the Month, and Rookie of the Month awards, accomplishing this feat in June of 2006 with catcher Joe Mauer, pitcher Johan Santana, and Rookie Pitcher Francisco Liriano.
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