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AN OUTDOOR TWINS BALLPARK? NOT FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS

     Twins President Jerry Bell, the team's point man for
researching the feasibility of a baseball-only facility, met with
stadium architects HOK of Kansas City, according to the
Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Bell said HOK discussed the
possibility of building a retractable-roof stadium in MN.  HOK
has also proposed putting such a stadium in Milwaukee for $227M.
Bell, former Exec Dir of the Metrodome, said such a stadium in MN
could cost about $300M and said a new ballpark is "no closer"
than 5-10 years down the road (Souhan & Weiner, STAR TRIBUNE,
4/27).  A STAR TRIBUNE/WCCO asked 805 residents statewide, April
17-22, whether they would be more or less likely to attend a
Twins game if they played in an outdoor stadium.  Forty-two
percent said they would be more likely; 25% were less likely; and
30% said it would make no difference (STAR TRIBUNE, 4/27).
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