Upper Midwest baseball fans should mark the date of August 2nd on their calendars. That?s the day penciled in for the official groundbreaking festivities at the site of the new Twins ballpark in the North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis.

Fans may ask what is special about August 2nd considering that MA Mortenson has been on the ballpark site for multiple weeks. While Mortenson continues basic site clearing as well as work on adjacent properties (the 5th Street bridge, the removal of 3rd Avenue, etc.), August 2nd  will serve as the ?official? project start as the current schedule calls for the driving of piles soon thereafter. Most importantly, August 2nd will provide an opportunity for the entire region to come together to celebrate the dawning of a new era of Twins baseball.

Preliminary plans call for a day long series of groundbreaking events starting with the 12:10 pm Twins-Royals matchup at the Metrodome. Following the game, focus shifts to the ballpark site which will be converted from a construction zone to fan festival as the team as the team joins the Minnesota Ballpark Authority and Hennepin County in inviting fans to be part of this historic occasion. The ballpark site will open to fans beginning at approximately 5 pm with a free concert set for 5:15 pm and the actual ceremonies getting underway at around 7 pm. In addition to the concert, the event will feature plenty of food and drink, interactive for kids, player autographs and the chance for fans to ?run the bases? just like the Twins will in 2010. Several current and former Twins players will join local and regional leaders as well as Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig as we turn the first dirt for the new ballpark.

Stay tuned for more details in the weeks to come as we finalize plans for Groundbreaking Day.

Dave St. Peter

President, Minnesota Twins