The Twins have signed a 25-year deal with Target for naming rights of the new ballpark, Target Field, which coincidentally (or not) is right next to the Target Center. While I'm excited for a new ballpark, anything is better than the Metrodome, it's on a small parcel of land with no stadium parking (again). The ballpark is slated to open in 2010.
How exactly is this 'canopy' going to work? The website talks about keeping fans dry, but would it protect against rainouts/snowouts? This is Minnesota, after all.
“How is it that I am a good actor? What I do is I... pretend to be the person I’m portraying. You’re confused. Case in point: in Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson comes to me and says ‘I would like you to be Gandalf the Wizard,’ and I said ‘You are aware that I am not really a wizard?’ and Peter Jackson said ‘I would like you to use your acting skills to portray a wizard for the duration of the show.’ So I said ‘Okay’ and then I said to myself ‘Mmm.. How do I do that?’ And this is what I did: I imagined that I was a wizard, and then I pretended, and acted, in that way on the stage. How did I know what to say? The words were written down for me in a script. How did I know where to stand? People told me where to stand." -- Sir Ian McKellen, Extras
I believe the canopy is just there to keep fans dry, the playing field will be subject to rain and of course snow. If things keep up like the past few summers, rainouts shouldn't be much of an issue, with the near-drought conditions in the Twin Cities.
Originally posted by supersalvadoranI'm just happy to hear that Minnesota is finally getting an actual ballpark to play in. It has taken far too long for a good team like the Twins to be cooped up in the Metrodome like they have.
So, is that the end of the stadium-buliding era for baseball? Or are there still other stadiums that need to be replaced soon?
I would LOVE to see Toronto's Skydome Rogers Centre replaced. It's an ugly stadium, and it's not a fun place to watch baseball. It's difficult to get to by transit (about twenty minutes walking through snaking corridors) and it's just gaudy.
I'm probably in the minority, but I miss watching Blue Jays games in the old Exhibition Stadium
The Vikings are stuck there and the University of Minnesota is using the facility to bid for future NCAA Final Fours and hosting regionals and the like. The Vikings did have a chance to move out to a northern suburb, but the taxpayers said no to financing a stadium.
Plus, the monster truck people need a place to come in the upper Midwest to dirty up the ceiling even more. Never been to a monster truck show, but I did cover a SuperCross event there once and it was miserable. There was a visible layer of exhaust fumes from the upper deck on up about midway through the event.
Theo trades a 36-year old headache who can rake (2008 OPS+ = 140) for a soon-to-be 30-year old who can also rake (2008 OPS+ = 135), for the cost of two spare parts. ("Spare parts" to Boston - Moss and Hansen were entirely expendable.)