Ballpark Authority Approves Updates to Target Field

Ballpark Authority Approves Updates to Target Field Photo: Courtesy Minnesota Ball Park Authority

October 06, 2017 10:36 AM

The Minnesota Ballpark Authority has approved updates to Target Field that would reconfigure the Metropolitan Club at the stadium, expand the main concourse between Gates 29 and 34, as well as reorganizing concession stands in the area, according to Dan Kenney, the MBA executive director.

The renovation would include opening space in the Metropolitan Club by adding operable glass doors that face the field. A stairwell and elevator that access the club will also be included.

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The Metropolitan Club is located along the right field line and could originally only be accessed by season ticket holders. Kenney said with the renovations, the club will be opened to all ticket holders.

During the commission's meeting Thursday, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, chair of the MBA Commissioners, said opening the Metropolitan Club meets the authorities goal of benefiting the public.

"(It's) also responding to what people want in a baseball game, which is more of these gathering spaces to stand and watch and have a beverage," she said.

The cost of all the renovations is expected to be $14.2 million. The Minnesota Ballpark Authority is expected to provide $5 million from the Ballpark Capital Reserve Fund, while the Minnesota Twins are committed to funding the remaining $9.2 million.

The team is also likely to spend between $1 and $3 million on other smaller capital projects prior to the start of the 2018 season.

This story has been updated to correct numbers involved in the cost of the project

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