In light of recent media reports, I?d like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the status of the Twins ballpark project.
Since the Twins-Hennepin County legislation was signed into law by Gov. Tim Pawlenty last May, the baseball team has worked tirelessly to design Minnesota?s new ballpark on the North Loop site near the historic warehouse district. As part of the process, the project team has spent countless hours seeking the input of fans, neighbors, business leaders and public officials ? all aimed at ensuring the new ballpark is representative of the North Loop neighborhood, city of Minneapolis, state of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Thanks to the work of many Twins staffers and the highly skilled project team of HOK Sport and Minnesota-based HGA and M.A. Mortenson, we are pleased to report the schematic design has been successfully completed; including the challenging integration of the ballpark with the Hiawatha light rail, Northstar commuter rail and Cedar Lake bike trail. The result is a plan for one of the most intimate and accessible urban ballparks in America, which fans across the region will be proud to call home
It was the Twins hope to unveil the exciting design this week. Unfortunately, due to the inability of Hennepin County and the ballpark site landowners to make progress on the acquisition of the land, it would be premature to unveil the ballpark plans until those differences are resolved.
While we are obviously disappointed at missing the opportunity to share our design, the Twins, together with our loyal and resilient fans, remain hopeful that the parties can bridge their differences so we can unveil the wonderful schematic design and get on with the business of building the ballpark in time to open for the 2010 season.
As spring training gets underway in Fort Myers, Fla. next week, the Twins organization thanks fans everywhere for their incredible support and continued patience. Rest assured, the Pohlad family and Twins organization remain committed to ensuring the long-term viability of Twins baseball within this community.
Stay tuned for further updates.
Dave St. Peter
President, Minnesota Twins
New Ballpark Idea of the Week — I would like to see a restaurant serving a full menu that would be able to have a deck on it where you could go out on it to each and watch the game, drink and eat. I could be built of maybe put plexy glass on the from of it for protection that would be sweet. GO TWINS!! ? Lance of Ramsey, MN