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March 21, 2008 11:19 AM

This article over at Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal gives some new clues about the ballpark naming rights. Here are the most useful part for us speculators:

Team executives are in talks with some of the state's largest and most-recognizable companies...

"We're out conducting high-level discussions with a multitude of Minnesota legacy companies, and the response has been outstanding," said Laura Day, Twins senior vice president of business development, who is leading the naming-rights search.

In fact, Day, who helped negotiate the naming-rights deal for Xcel Energy Center when she worked for the Wild, believes she is already in talks with the company that will be the team's naming-rights partner, though she won't disclose any company names...

"All of the companies we're talking to not only have a very strong regional presence, but also an international presence. Even though they're headquartered here, their businesses far surpass just Twins Territory."

One could argue that there isn't much new here. But knowing that the company has its headquarters here but also has an international presence does eliminate a few of the possibilities.

So, name five companies that fit these (and only these) criteria:

- Minnesota legacy company
- One of the state's largest and most recognizable
- Headquartered here
- Strong regional presence
- International presence


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Best Buy
General Mills

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM by Marty Highlight this comment 1

Banks have become increasingly competitive in stadium/arena naming rights. I would bank on Wells Fargo Field becoming the name of the new ballpark. Here in Phoenix, when Bank One (now Chase) got their name on the ballpark, Wells Fargo scrambled to get their name on any building they could. The Suns had already awarded naming rights to their arena to America West Airlines (now US Airways) so all that was left was the Activity Center on the ASU campus. It is now known as Wells Fargo Arena.

Since TCF just got their name on the new Gophers stadium, I'm willing to bet it's once again Wells Fargo wanting to get their name on a building to compete with another local bank.

Gentlemen, I present WELLS FARGO FIELD

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 11:50 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 2

1. 3M
2. Best Buy
3. General Mills
4. Ameriprise
5. UnitedHealth

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM by Andy Highlight this comment 3

C'mon Wheaties Field!!!

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM by lafferty Highlight this comment 4

wells fargo isn't headquartered here, US Bank is. Wheaties Field has a nice ring but don't know of any stadiums/arenas named after a specific company's product brand. There probably is some instance of it, but I can't think of one.

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 1:00 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 5

Tim, I happen to know of several parks named after specific products:

Minute Maid Park(Houston)
Busch Stadium(St. Louis)
Tropicana Field(Tampa Bay)

There may be more, I'll look it up soon.

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 1:13 PM by Pikachu732001 Highlight this comment 6

Man, I'm really hoping for "Land O'Lakes Park," but I don't know how much of an international presence they have. You know, unless you count Manitoba and Ontario.

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 1:51 PM by Wyl Highlight this comment 7

1. 3M
2. General Mills
3. Best Buy

If I had to pick my top three, it would be 3M, General Mills, and Best Buy. Each are very prominent companies with headquarters in the Twin Cities metro area and have strong international ties. 3M posted revenues over $22 billion in 2006 and General Mills posted revenues over $12 billion in 2007 while Best Buy posted revenues over $30 billion in 2006. I have also seen a lot more Best Buy advertising in recent years in various stadiums and arenas, so maybe they are testing the waters of sports marketing/advertising for a potential naming rights deal in Minneapolis.

Also, it was about ten years ago when Xcel Energy purchased naming rights to the new Saint Paul arena, does anyone know of any other companies that were interested in the St. Paul arena that may now be interested in the Twins Ballpark?

All I want is a very simple name that will last for more than five years.

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 2:15 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 8

My original instinct was that it would be Wells Fargo, but they are actually headquartered in San Francisco (click my name).

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 2:26 PM by Rick 9

Nobody has mentioned Medtronic. We could call it The MED !! As in The MET.

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 2:55 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 10

How about Northwest Park?

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 3:20 PM by Jon Highlight this comment 11

Isn't Hormel headquartered in Austin, MN? Of the top-5 shown further above, I definately hope it is General Mills that wins out. And if they did choose to name it after one of their cereals, "Wheaties Field" would be very cool.

"Ameriprise Field" would really suck.

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 4:08 PM by Kevin Highlight this comment 12

I almost forgot, but the most recent animation does show the following actual company logos:

Best Buy
Dairy Queen

Of those, you'd probably have to remove the last three as being headquartered elsewhere. Of the remaining three, only DQ conspicuously meets all the criteria (Target and Best Buy not having much of an international profile).

Blizzard Park, anyone?

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 4:16 PM by Rick 13

How about Cargil, they have an huge international presence and they have been here forever

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 4:32 PM by John Highlight this comment 14

I realize that Wells Fargo isn't headquarted in MN, however, they have a huge presence there. They're not headquarted here either and they have their name on the ASU arena. Also, didn't Pohlad sell Marquette Bank to Wells Fargo??? Perhaps there's already a working relationship there...

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 4:52 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 15

I'd prefer 3M. It's a nice, short company name with a simple, unoffensive logo. It would almost be like the Twins HADN'T pimped themselves out to a company.

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 4:59 PM by Jesse Highlight this comment 16

Man, I'm really hoping for "Land O'Lakes Park," but I don't know how much of an international presence they have. You know, unless you count Manitoba and Ontario.

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 5:39 PM by Wyl Highlight this comment 17

Cargill is a privately held company - that might have a lot of bearing on a decision. One of my friends who works there says the chances are small that Cargill would pay naming rights.

3M or GM would be a great fit. Both have deep roots here and have great reputations.

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 7:34 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 18

I disagree with the comment about Target and Best Buy lacking an international presence. Those companies have a huge international presence - it's not all brick and mortar stores, you know. They need to buy the stuff they sell, and it's not all coming from the US of A...

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM by Alex B. Highlight this comment 19

oh great. we may get 'target field' across from 'target center' and who knows, maybe a big bullseye in the plaza in R field.

i wish the twins would set the trend w/ naming their new park in this manner: give it a corporate name in front but append it onto 'at twinsville' or 'of minnesota.' with that methodology, 'best buy field at twinsville' may be tolerable, but '3M park of minnesota' really sounds nice.

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 09:16 AM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 20

Whoops, sorry for the double comment.

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 10:51 AM by Wyl Highlight this comment 21

Alex has a point about the nature of "international presence." Yet I think there's very little advantage to putting your name on a stadium just to bolster your reputation with overseas vendors. Naming deals are usually about building brand recognition for potential customers.

Having said that, a company with the INTENT to go international looking for customers might find a naming deal in their best interest. Still, the real value is in building a brand in the region where the facility is located. I'm only considering international presence because it was mentioned in the article as something that the company who will get the deal apparently already has. I don't think it's a factor in why a company might do such a deal.

(Click my name for my earlier analysis of the naming rights question.)

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM by Rick 22

Do we really have to have A naming deal. Yea I know its whats done these days. But is it possible that a person or people with enough money could buy the naming rights themselves and name it what they want if enough money was paid. It would be nice to have something other than a corporate name on the place doubt thats possible but its a thought.

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 1:44 PM by BaseballFan Highlight this comment 23

How about "Hennepin County Taxpayer Park"

Has a nice ring to it.

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 2:34 PM by Milt Highlight this comment 24

I dunno Milt, I kinda like Waste Management Field at The Burning Trash Dump. Come one and come all to watch your Twins play in a brand new ballpark surrounded by lovely views of billowing steam behind you, an ugly historic building in left field and worst angle of the Minneapolis skyline, obstructed by the Multifoods tower which many downtowners like to refer to as the sh&tstack.

But hey, it's still better than the Metrodome!!!

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 3:48 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 25

bitter much?

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 4:51 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 26

milt and kevin in az, are you statler & waldorf in real life?

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 5:15 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 27

Ameriprise Park?

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 8:02 PM by evan Highlight this comment 28

actually best buy has brick & mortar stores in china, puerto rico and will soon be opening up shop in mexico & turkey. finally, they are looking for a partner in the UK (london).

so yes, i would say best buy definitely has an international presence. far more so than target, us bank, cargill, etc.

my money is on best buy folks.

Posted on March 23, 2008 at 12:54 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 29

It's called sarcasm....LAUGH PEOPLE!!!

Posted on March 23, 2008 at 09:27 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 30

Puckett Park!!

Posted on March 23, 2008 at 7:57 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 31

Get a life Milt and all you ballpark haters! Take your ballpark hating a@# to another site. Leave the one that Rick leaves un-tainted alone!

Anyway that said....My money's on Best Buy Field. But I really don't care as long as I can watch outdoor Twins baseball for the next 30+ years!!!

Posted on March 23, 2008 at 10:08 PM by CMH Highlight this comment 32

why hasn't the Metrodome been corporately renamed?

Also, pictures of the first event at the Nats new ballpark. click my name.

Posted on March 23, 2008 at 10:38 PM by haasertime Highlight this comment 33

Thanks for the pics haasertime...They scoreboard screen looks awesome!! It's probably the only thing I like about
Nationals Park. It's yet another new ballpark with outfield SEATS, no bleachers...They Twins are really missing the boat by following this trend of no bleachers.

Posted on March 23, 2008 at 11:01 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 34

Hey yeahklye,
Love the muppet reference

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 08:50 AM by Dain Highlight this comment 35

If you look up "Washington Nationals Web cam" you can look in the archives at the construction. It's pretty cool to see how far it came in the last year to year and a half. 3M park at Puckett Place.

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 11:54 AM by Marty Highlight this comment 36

LOL @ Blizzard Park for an outdoor baseball stadium. I don't think the Twins will go for that name. Also, I think DQ will hold out for naming rights to the new ViQueens stadium, if it ever gets built.

My guess is 3M, which gets more than 60% of its revenue from outside the US.

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 11:59 AM by Dave T Highlight this comment 37

3M, what about Minnesota MM park? I like that, it has the company name and Minnesota in it.

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 12:02 PM by Robert Highlight this comment 38

Travelers Field. It would stick with the transportation theme.

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 1:18 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 39

I think given the clues it has to be either General Mills or 3M. But I wouldn't count out US Bank.

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 1:41 PM by Andy Highlight this comment 40

General Mills, 3M, or Target. Guaranteed one of those three.

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 2:10 PM by Seth Highlight this comment 41

ladies & gentlemen, here's you answer to the trivia question:

"which twin recorded the first save in the new ballpark?"...

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 2:26 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 42

General Mills Field.....aka "The Big G"

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 7:54 PM by Packerguy Highlight this comment 43

Since we have the HHH Metrodome, why not the 3M "MMM Field" or "MMM Park"

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 8:16 PM by Mike Meyer Highlight this comment 44

Packerguy, I don't think "The Big G" would be very fitting. The park will be small(40,000 seats) and the field dimensions average at best.

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 8:41 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 45

"G Spot" maybe?

Posted on March 25, 2008 at 11:31 AM by johnk Highlight this comment 46

I think there was some law in place at the time the metrodome was built that prohibits coropate names for that venue and I think the law is still applies . I suppose if there has to be a coporate name something from Minnesota would be far nicer than anything else. Has anyone mention northwest airlines yet. It does have an international destinations and is based here for the moment but naww on second thought maybe thats not a good idea hehehe. Hopefully this mystery will end sometime soon.

Posted on March 25, 2008 at 9:23 PM by Baseballfan Highlight this comment 47

Right now NWA doesn't have a pot to pee in. I highly doubt they have any extra cash to put their name on a ballpark.

Posted on March 25, 2008 at 9:39 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 48

"Twins see naming-rights deal done by end of '08"

Here is an article from the Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal about the Twins Stadium naming on name to read article

Posted on March 25, 2008 at 10:25 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 49

Disregard the previous is the same article from March 21 that Rick previously posted. It was just sent to me and hyperlinked differently, so I apologize.

Posted on March 25, 2008 at 10:29 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 50

Would Target bother with the naming rights to a stadium directly across the street/parking ramp from the Target Center? Seems like they already have a big presence in the neighborhood. I would eliminate Target form the list of contenders.

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 09:13 AM by Dain Highlight this comment 51

They are pouring concrete on the right field club level this morning! I was watching from the parking ramp this morning...pretty sweet.

You can really get the feeling from up there that this is going to be a very intimate park. Rather than "The Big Blue Room" as Pat Reusse would say.

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 09:28 AM by Jon Highlight this comment 52

I agree. You can also get a feel for how vertical this park will be. Those upper deck seats will be way up there!

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 10:06 AM by J2K Highlight this comment 53

why is there always a long line of yellow school buses facing west lined up on 7th street?

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 54

When there are events at the Target Center they park semi trucks and buses and other large vehicles on that bridge. Those buses today are for the Boys Basketball Tournament.

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 10:55 AM by JohnF Highlight this comment 55

Looks like they're pouring concrete on the club level concourse right now.

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 12:23 PM by CTM Highlight this comment 56

I was in the Twins ballpark sales office yesterday for a presentation on the Legends Club. The Twins' VP of ticket sales was giving the presentation and said that as part of the add'l upgrades the Twins are paying for, they are spending $3.5MM to put a green roof on the front office building in left field, and that they are envisioning firepits up there for people to use (on a reservation basis I would assume). Is this old news? I don't remember ever reading about it on the board before. Sounds awesome.

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 7:15 PM by AJE Highlight this comment 57

Yes it does sound awesome, but it also sounds potentially dangerous. Think about it...Burning fires near drinking sports fans? Now there's a tragic accident waiting to happen. I can see the attractiveness to those of us who are normal. But there are sports fans with psychological problems who love to drink excessively. I can envision two fans arguing and one shoving the other into the burning firepit. Okay, so maybe I've attended too many Vikings/Packers games. Yes baseball fans are different than football fans to some degree, but booze is booze and fire is fire.....Will the Pohlads want to cover that legal battle? I doubt it...Bad idea!

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 8:50 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 58

Besides, with my luck it will probably be me getting into trouble with the firepit. For some reason, I always get the snotty kid sitting behind me who loves to kick my seat. Even when I turn around and glare at the child's parents, nothing happens. I can envision myself in my cranky old age..picking up the child and throwing him/her into the firepit.

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 8:55 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 59

Dain, a company like Target isn't buying the naming rights to advertise to locals. They're buying them because every time the Twins are on ESPN, every TV clip, Sportscenter reel, etc. will mention the ballpark by name.

They buy these rights because males ages 18-45 know the names of all these sports venues across the nation, not just in the local market. For that reason, I think Target would still be interested.

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 07:56 AM by Alex B. Highlight this comment 60

Last night they they placed more steel beams for the plaza beyond right field. If your looking at the Twins stadium cam, you need to look close. They installed them going across the other half of 394 (lower left corner).

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 4:07 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 61

well, it is late march and it just snowed pretty heavily in chicago and detroit today, so i guess that means that they should be forced to immediately put a roof or retractable roof on all of their baseball stadiums or not be allowed to start the season. i mean what are they thinking people? playing baseball outdoors under the sky in open air stadiums like the game is meant to be played. it's just silly! silly i tell ya!

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 9:14 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 62

It's not like people in this forum need convincing, but I thought this article (click my name) is particularly relevant after yesterday's news of $2M study for Metrodome, and the whining that promptly ensued. People don't realize that sports are a major part of a city's vitality. They do produce revenue for the city, often in indirect ways.

The economy in Michigan right now is terrible, especially in Detroit. Despite this, the 2 brand new stadiums downtown have regenerated interest and development for the city. The difference in the immediate areas before and after the stadiums were built is dramatic. $4M economic boost just from opening day is impressive.

Posted on March 28, 2008 at 11:03 AM by dtown Highlight this comment 63

I think Hormel will get the naming rights:
SPAM Field anyone?

Posted on March 28, 2008 at 3:02 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 64

How about you name it after myself...Pohlad Park...I am the wealthiest owner in MLB, but yet I feel obligated to put a majority of the financial burden on the taxpayers of Hennepin County. Thay way, Sid Hartman will feel obligated to credit me for my kindness and loyalty by putting the stadium under my name as well since I kept MLB alive in Minnesota in 1984 when I bought the team from the Griffith family.

Posted on March 28, 2008 at 8:45 PM by Carl Pohlad Highlight this comment 65

:: pushes Carl down flight of stairs ::

Posted on March 29, 2008 at 04:15 AM by Tiny Tim Highlight this comment 66

If General Mills gets it and chooses to go with a specific food, they would almost have to go with Wheaties. I don't see "Lucky Charms Stadium" or "Fiber One Field" happening any time soon.

My top choices would be 3M, Wells Fargo, General Mills, and "Best Buy Ballpark" doesn't sound bad either.

Posted on March 29, 2008 at 2:29 PM by Kyle B Highlight this comment 67

I already posted this accidentally under an earlier blog entry, but not knowing if it would be seen, here it is again:
Do to what I've been hearing about Busch Stadium III from the Greet Machine (3/24 post) and the baseball fever forums, I'm a little concerned about the Twins' ballpark, since it's from the same firm that did Busch III.

Posted on March 29, 2008 at 11:37 PM by CTM Highlight this comment 68

Hey maybe we could call it hamms field in honor of Theo Hamms yea I know hamms is not around much as it once was but its another thought. Or maybe Grain Belt hey both were in minnesota at one time and were big stuff. Then again I dont think any of these companies would invest in naming rights but they are in minnesota. Carlson companies they were always big into the twins I remeber them being mentioned at the old met all the time. Marvin windows, Artic Cat just think of hot girls on the backs of snomobiles riding around the field. Hey why not Nordic Ware they could name it after the famous bundt pan could not get any Minnesota than that heheheh. Oh please forgive me I am just rambling on thinking about the good old days that are long gone. The old met the tailgating and such the way it used to be. I guess I have to get used to todays times hard as it may be. I just hope the powers that be pick out name that all can live with thats all. I suppose Met Stadium is out of the question huh.

Posted on March 30, 2008 at 12:22 AM by Baseball fan Highlight this comment 69

Washington's new ballpark opens tomorrow night on ESPN. Rick, I would love to hear your general analysis of it/comparison to our park.

There's a couple good stories in the Washington Post about the park...and the editors critique it pretty well, even commenting what they don't like about it. There's a good page with articles, pictures, videos, etc. (click name for link)

Posted on March 30, 2008 at 02:01 AM by Excited Highlight this comment 70

Baseball Fan,

If this were 1978, I'm sure Hamms would be the name of the ballpark. Those Hamms commercials during the games were far more entertaining than Twins baseball back then!! TC Bear sort of resembles the Hamms bear.

Posted on March 30, 2008 at 11:59 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 71

Excited, you mean tonight right? Wonder what kind of reception the Prez will get when he tosses the first pitch.

Posted on March 30, 2008 at 2:12 PM by CTM Highlight this comment 72

Wow thats some cool video and stuff on that nats new park. It would be interesting to find out how our park will compare to it. First look at it and to me me it looks what you can access is determined by how much you pay for A ticket which I would not like that since the nats park was paid for by the public. Hope we here dont go that route. I kinda like the way safeco field does it. Since the public paid for it they should have access to most of it in fact the encourage people to come out to the game early and walk all over the place before the game. I hope we would do that here at the new place since at the metrodome if you have a really cheap seat there are some restricted access to the other levels. Just wanted to partciapate in some stuff going on on the main level once and was told since I had a cheap seat the only place I could be is on the upper level dont know if thats still true since its been a couple of years since I had been to a game because of that incident.

Posted on March 30, 2008 at 9:54 PM by Baseball fan Highlight this comment 73

I like the grey stone behind the plate at Nationals Park. It's definitely something new and unique as you can immediately distinguish Nationals Park with the grey stone, just like you are able to do so with Wrigley Field and the brick as well as PNC Park (and the soon-to-be Twins ballpark) with the limestone backstop.

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 02:00 AM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 74

St. Peter's new blog posting makes comparisons between the Nats new park and the Twins' park. While there are some similarities, I'm glad that they are few and far between. The Nats stadium was a rushed project, and has a very predictable layout.

The more I look at other ballparks - the more appealing our Twins park continues to look. I'm really happy they've taken the extra time and money to make additions, corrections, and ensure an awesome experience for Twins fans.

One big plus to the Nats park: the name!

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 09:42 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 75

How about Ole and Lena Park?

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 10:27 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 76

Polaris is based in Minnesota. They make Victory motorcycles. How about "Victory Field at Polaris Park"?

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 10:42 AM by farm_guy Highlight this comment 77

Regarding Nationals Park, there was a headline on the Washington Post website that said "This Diamond isn't a Gem" with the header stating "the bland face is a muffed chance." Anyone here a Wash Post subscriber and able to read the rest of the article?

Also, on one of the Post's public fan blogs, there were gripes about the outfield scoreboard being the only source of in-game information and that people not in its sightlines couldn't follow the game at all. Since the main scoreboard for the Twins stadium is situated almost exactly in the same spot, do we know if there will be other scoreboards in other parts of the stadium for the outfield spectators?

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 10:52 AM by John K Highlight this comment 78

i agree the only part of the nats park i really liked seeing was the stone behind homeplate. i think our park will be more distinctive. i'm partial to green seats over their blue. you're right about the scoreboard, as ours will be over left-center and have similar sightline problems as the nats. according to st. peter our board will be larger, though.

too bad it has to snow today and we get to hear the local media play up the outdoor ballpark vs. dome debate for the umpteenth time.

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 11:40 AM by Tim Highlight this comment 79

Any new pictures of the construction? The webcam views get old after awhile.

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 12:46 PM by ML Highlight this comment 80

I like Puckett Park (The Puck???). Blizzard Park would work if the weather is the same three years from now that it is today. Go for it, DQ!

BTW, Pittsburgh's "new" park has a 21-foot wall in honor of Roberto Celemente. How about a 34-foot wall in honor of Kirby...or a 3-foot wall in honor of Harmon.

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM by Greg Highlight this comment 81

Whoa, Greg! Two years is long enough. Don't say three and scare the bejesus out of me!

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 1:18 PM by Bradley Highlight this comment 82

Click my name for the Washington Post review of Nationals Park. (Free registration required.)

I'm working on an article about it for tonight. Actually, I just got free tickets to the game tonight, so this article may not be ready until tomorrow...

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM by Rick 83

Click my name for Jay Weiner's take on why no roof makes sense. He's got some good states (though this subject was covered in greater depth on this site over a year ago).

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 1:40 PM by Rick 84

Click my name for the best naming clue yet, and it's a company not on anyone's radar to this point.

Posted on April 2, 2008 at 12:22 AM by Rick 85

I think that the stadium should be called Monster Stadium in honor of the gluek energy drink but 3m and general mills are cool too.

Posted on June 6, 2008 at 12:23 PM by Jordan Highlight this comment 86

3M's Post-it Notes fit the bill best. Name it "3M Post-it Park" which will be named later "Postpone Park" due to the lack of climate control enjoyed from the previous home.

Posted on August 7, 2008 at 8:22 PM by Iowa Joke Highlight this comment 87

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Center field seating

One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:

The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".

Loading docks to the right, VIP entrances to the left.

Very interesting detail starting to appear here.

Town Ball Tavern balcony

Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.

This is the main entry to the Pro Shop. The second entry, located just outside the turnstiles, is indicated by the arrow.

Original Concept - With a Retractable Roof

Not much facade left to be finished at this point.

Rooftop scaffolding, for the wind veil installation?

Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door

The restaurant.

North Loop Deli

Photo by Jeff Ewer

The back row of seats in straight-away center. Note that, beyond those seats, you can see the planters (for flowers) on the front of the Left Field Bleachers.(Batters Eye)

It's pretty easy to see right into the Twins dugout!

Here's a closer look.

CBP: retro in facade only

This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.

Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.

The equivalent spot on the model.

Giant screened images! (573 Club, my back to Seventh Ave windows)

A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)

Imagine this!

The glass area seen here is one of the warm-up areas.

From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.

Just one lane of traffic and a couple of feet between the fence in right-center and the wall of the parking ramp!

ght that was cool.

A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)

The back gates at Comerica park, like everything else, a bit overwrought.

Sue Nelson, and her organ, in one of the Twins Pubs

It's pretty easy to see right into the Twins dugout!


BPM - Ballpark Magic

BRT - Bus Rapid Transit

DSP - Dave St. Peter

FSE - Full Season Equivalent

FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)

HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)

HPB - Home Plate Box

HRP - Home Run Porch

LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

NYS - New Yankee Stadium

SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium

TF - Target Field

Selected Bibliography - Analysis


First Edition (1992)

Second Edition (2006)


Selected Bibliography - Surveys


Second Edition (1987)

Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title

(2000, large coffee table)

Original edition (2000, round)

Revised edition (2006, round)

(2001, medium coffee table)

(2002, small coffee table)

(2003, medium coffee table)

(2004, very large coffee table)

(2006, very large coffee table)

Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)

Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia


Book and six ballpark miniatures

Complete Bibliography

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