Friday, April 13, 2007
Minnesota Twins unveil ballpark renderings
The long awaited unveiling of the new ballpark for the Minnesota Twins happened yesterday, as the Twins front office, in conjunction with HOK Sport, showed how their new venue will look.
The retractable roof once contemplated is gone, meaning they will have to deal with the elements in Minneapolis. They are planning on a heating system for the field which would bring field temperatures up to 65 degrees and hope to avert postponements.
At first glance, the park is a combination of the brand new (Pittsburgh's PNC Park), the semi-new (Cleveland's Jacobs Field) and a golden oldie (Chicago's Wrigley Field). Now mix in another cherished relic (Milwaukee's County Stadium), a concept first seen in Baltimore a decade ago and an idea hatched from the "cookie cutter" parks of 1970 and you get the picture.
Construction is set to start this summer, with an Opening Day 2010 debut planned.