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Vikings Grow Restless For Stadium; Twins Prep For Target Field
Published October 12, 2009
|Vikings President Says Team Must Get
Moving Toward New Stadium Deal Soon
GREAT OUTDOORS: With the Twins' new outdoor ballpark, Target Field, opening next season, team President Dave St. Peter said that the club "monitored weather conditions and would have had no postponements if they had played outdoors in 2009." Twins Sports Inc. President Jerry Bell said that to put a roof on Target Field "would have added" $125M to a $550M project. The Twins, who have contributed $180M to building the ballpark, "have no plans to add a roof." Bell: "I don't think we'd have as nice a park. You can't put that roof in a closet" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/12). St. Peter: "When you get to October, the weather changes, and frankly, that's going to be one of our advantages. Hopefully, we'll have guys accustomed to playing in chilly weather from time to time. That will be one of the realities of Target Field" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 10/12). Twins manager Ron Gardenhire: "It's cold out there, that's what it's going to be like (next year). That is going to be our ballpark, no waiting for anybody else to play a game so we can play, no having to quit our game early to get them in, none of that. It's going to be Minnesota Twins baseball" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 10/12).