Play ball! Twins Target Field opens in lively urban center
August 11, 2010
Completed in time for the opener of the Minnesota Twins' baseball season, the 40,000-seat Target Field sits in a bustling part of Minneapolis. Built on a tight, eight-acre site, the ballpark was designed by Kansas City-based architect Populous to blend in with surrounding infrastructure; pieces of the building, such as the outfield grandstand seating section, were cantilevered over transit lines, creating a more intimate ballpark. An urban sporting center complete with modern stone and glass touches, Target Field is accessible by foot from downtown Minneapolis. The Twins drew a crowd of 32,995 on opening day at their new ballpark, but they lost 8-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals.