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May 28, 2009 8:28 PM

Perfect sun, and a new identity on the Minneapolis skyline:




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Note reflected sunset (7:30 PM). Could be a worry...


The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)


Here's the current Twins logo for comparison:

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Looks like the scoreboard version is a rather minor tweak to the logo we know and love. (Somewhat related: A tiny but trustworthy voice told me recently that any uniform changes for the 2010 season will be of the same variety -- tweaks only, very minor, perhaps noticeable only to the obsessed.)


In the previous entry, I noted that I saw a machine in one of the restrooms on the suite level near the Ballpark Authority offices and took it to be dispensing, er, masculine protection when in fact it is dispensing, um, feminine hygiene supplies. My bad.

I shouldn't be surprised. There's really no need to prepare Target Field for Iowa football fans.


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Very nice. Can't wait for my next trip to Minneapolis to see it for myself.

I like the flashing Twins win idea.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 8:42 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 1

this mite be a dumb question but is that twins sign going to light up? or is it just going to be getting its light from the lights above?

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 8:49 PM by really? Highlight this comment 2

From the Penn Ave perspective, that stadium looks HUGE.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 8:50 PM by David_Mpls Highlight this comment 3

was down there today too... place was crawling with Twins fans after the game... got to hear the construction workers hassling the Sox fans as they passed.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 8:58 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 4

very nice pics.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 8:59 PM by luke Highlight this comment 5

There are a few new photos of the "Twins" logo on the facebook site also... and a really cool shot from inside the canopy.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 9:00 PM by Jim Highlight this comment 6

Ahh yeah!!!

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 9:15 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 7

That looks awesome, it makes me so glad that there's not a Target Field sign up there, it really lets people know that this is OUR house. Unlike Citi Field where you can barely find Mets logos anywhere, you know who wears the pants in that relationship.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 9:45 PM by Eric in TX Highlight this comment 8

Is it me? I still don't see a difference between the logo on the TF scoreboard and the current one.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 10:35 PM by Third Webcam Highlight this comment 9

it's very subtle. the only thing noticable is the "s"

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 11:30 PM by some guy Highlight this comment 10

I've modified the article with the current Twins logo and a correction from my tour last week.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 11:32 PM by Rick 11

haha! suck on that "no photo policy"!

this is getting good. this is getting real good... nicely done, rick!

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 12:02 AM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 12

This ballpark is just more and more amazing by the day.

Target Field definitely resembles little bits and pieces of other ballparks while it will form its own true identity with the canopy, administration building, etc.

For example, when you see the "Twins" script logo above the scoreboard, you think of Jacobs Field.

The limestone makes me think of PNC Park and Petco Park.

The outfield pavilion in Right Field reminds me of Fenway Park.

Those exhibition games on April 2 and 3 cannot come soon enough, same goes with the April 12 opener.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 12:03 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 13

Good pics, Rick!

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 01:00 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 14

Thanks Rick. Great pics! Also, your little note at the end of the update about there being no need to prepare Target Field bathrooms for sleazy Iowa football fans = PRICELESS!!

Can't stand Hogeye fans. They are almost as bad as mouthy Becky Badger fans.

BTW - Any offense to Iowa Hogeye or Becky Badger fans on this board was FULLY INTENDED!!

Ski-U-Mah....GO GOPHERS!!



Posted on May 29, 2009 at 02:59 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 15

I know what you mean, Rick. I see the subtleties in the logo too. It looks like in general the letters are "squished" together a bit more....but I could be wrong, I do live in AK (though not for much longer). Also, in your panoramic picture from Penn Ave do I see what looks to be louvers on the 7th St side????

Great pics!

Lastly, does anyone know if any more planters can be added to the plaza? It doesn't look like there is enough.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 03:35 AM by chuck in ak Highlight this comment 16


I think the Twins photo policy is specific to photos taken inside the facility. Nobody can stop anybody from taking pictures from a sidewalk somewhere.

The skyways, of course, are still in debate...

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 05:22 AM by Rick 17

Nice pics...."Twins" looming over the horizon!

And both Iowa State and Gopher fans can enjoy the Hawkeye dig.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 06:43 AM by Mudcat Grant Highlight this comment 18

I see that they plan on adding about 300 seats above the administration building where the Budweiser sign will be. This will be a cool look to the ballpark, kinda like the rooftop seats around Wrigley Field.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 06:56 AM by MikeyB Highlight this comment 19

It's beautiful. I get almost teary-eyed looking at it. The stadium of my dreams is coming to life!

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 07:18 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 20

the trees in Center field, reminiscent of Coors Field.
Home Run porch layout a bit like the one at the Rangers' park.
Lights on the sun canopy - a la Safeco Field.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 07:40 AM by luke Highlight this comment 21

Grass, dirt, bases and stands, similar to Shibe Park...

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 08:22 AM by The Legacy Highlight this comment 22

ballpark geek here, i took a drive from different vantage points just to see how the scoreboard looked. really nice sight coming in on eastbound 394 with target field on the horizon.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 08:22 AM by tim Highlight this comment 23

As a typography nerd, it looks like the logo changes are:

1. The "s," obviously.
2. Slightly smaller, more finessed serifs.
3. Tighter tracking (space between letters), although that could just be a byproduct of the physical sign.
4. Thicker strokes, but that could be a trick of the photographs.

A nice update. Makes me want to drive in from the west just to get that view.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 08:47 AM by Nick in CO Highlight this comment 24

whoever mentioned it is right, and it's a no-brainer, but "twins win" with the alternating flashing of that big logo after a win will be an awesome sight. now we just need dsp to come through with our beloved "twins" shaking hands across the river. c'mon dsp!

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 09:37 AM by tim Highlight this comment 25

Driving in this morning on my normal commute on 394 to downtown was quite a moment. I realized that as long as I live on the west side and work downtown I will see that Twins logo above the canopy in all its glory.

The Twins and HOK had to have thought of that during the design progress, because as as shown in the pictures, it is perfectly sitting right above the canopy for drivers to see. People will never be asking "What is that?" or "Where is the stadium?". What a way to lure 'em in!

I also love the Twins/Win alternating flash. Leaving the "Win" lit after the game could be like the flags at Wrigley and PNC indicating a win...

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 09:57 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 26

this is a question to rick or anyone else who has been inside the stadium, not to sound negative but we went around the outside of the ballpark and we never realized how small of a place this is, fom the target field side it almost looks like the scoreboard is in center field, obviously its not but it just looks so teeny. we are from the east coast where we are used to the stadiums having some bulk to them, and im woried this one is so very small. so for the guys who have been inside does it give of that feel as well? thanks

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM by mr east coast guy Highlight this comment 27

i meant to say target center side apologies

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 10:37 AM by mr east coast guy Highlight this comment 28

you're right, site is small, but look at those outfield bleachers, we'll be literally on top of the action, not set back at a distance. smallest amount of foul territory outside of wrigley so bring a glove.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 11:09 AM by tim Highlight this comment 29

cool, i cant wait to see it, its nothing like we have out east at all, im a life long twins fan, and i want this to be amazing

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 11:12 AM by mr east coast guy Highlight this comment 30

Is it just me, or does it look as though the infield section of the playing surface has been completely cleared out?

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 11:23 AM by Steeks Highlight this comment 31

A good article that relates to the garbage burner.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 11:27 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 32

That scoreboard looks amazing, I have no problem with the script they used its Twins no matter what era it is.. it looks great made me change my desktop .. and i agree with mike it reminds me of jacobs field

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 11:38 AM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 33

where did it say that they are adding 300 seats on top of the admin building?

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 12:31 PM by Erik Highlight this comment 34

Here are a couple tidbits from the Minnesota Ballpark Authority May monthly meeting. Click my name for the entire meeting.

Demolition of the bridge parapet along 7th is complete. Populous and the City are reviewing the lighting plan for uniformity. Ramp A elevated walkway columns are being built and installation will occur on June 15th during which time 7th Street and 3rd Avenue will be closed. The plaza extension is continuing at a rapid pace as deck structure for the walkway is being set from 1st Avenue towards 2nd. The Plaza stairs to the skyway will be complete once the opening to the skyway is made. Northstar received their Certificate of Occupancy from Mortenson four months ahead of schedule.

Mr. Mehls reported that the project on schedule. Critical activities ahead are completion of exterior and interior spaces before the winter months. The substantial completion date is March 3, 2010. The structural steel will be completed June 5th with a luncheon being planned that day. Enclosure is on schedule to finish end of June including stone wall panels and brick. All nine topiaries have been installed on the plaza. Construction of the roof deck bar on top of the Twins Administration Building has begun. The playing field is being graded in preparation for sod installation in August. The sod will be harvested August 15th in Colorado and installed within 36 hours in Minnesota. Presently there are 800 workers on-site.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 1:22 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 35

I know a lot of people are disappointed that the jerseys will not be the 60's style, but almost exactly a year ago (6-4-08) I emailed Matt Hoy about using the old style. I posted his response if you wanna look at the date in the archives. I was not surprised because of his respose.

Here is the post (the whole uniform debate is under "Construction Update-May 29) :

As far as the new uniforms go, I did send an email to Matt Hoy VP, and I also attached the pictures of the 3 uniform designs. Here is what he had to say in his reply:

Tom, I am a little confused as the attached files are not accurate representations of any of our current or contemplated uniforms…


Posted on May 29, 2009 at 1:56 PM by Tom OG Highlight this comment 36

Here are the uniforms I attached in the email to Matt Hoy (Click)...

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 2:08 PM by Tom OG Highlight this comment 37

Wondering if anyone has heard about when the admin building will be ocupied by Twins officials. Reason I ask is that the Mets completed and moved into their offices at Citi in September of 2008 (click my name), a full six months before the ballpark oficially oppened. Any chance of that happening here (especially with all the talk of Target Field being on-time to ahead of schedule)?


Posted on May 29, 2009 at 3:16 PM by Moose97 Highlight this comment 38

I heard something, might have been in that old guy interview, I think sometime this summer is expected, though I'm not sure if that's for the Twins entire operations or not, might just be the Ballpark Authority.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 3:36 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 39

Moose - I'll try to dig it up (unless someone beats me to it), but I thought I read that the ballpark has to be occupant-ready by March 1. Work will still be going on, but I believe the park must be completed enough to where the Twins can start occupying offices by March 1.

I'll see what I can dig up.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 4:34 PM by luke Highlight this comment 40

on that Penn Ave panoramic - it looks really neat how "Twins" is above the ballpark. Better than "Best Buy" or "Stanley" or some other ad.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 5:13 PM by luke Highlight this comment 41

Does anyone know what the back of the scoreboard is supposed to look like (if anything)? I live in the north loop and the back of the scoreboard is very visible. It would be cool if they put a twins logo on the back like the TCF bank scoreboard.


Posted on May 29, 2009 at 5:28 PM by Wanda Phillips Highlight this comment 42

luke - i don't think there was ever any plan to put anything other than a twins team logo on the top of the scoreboard regardless of sponsor.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 7:31 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 43

According to the model, the back of the scoreboard is finished and has a large logo on it.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM by David_Mpls Highlight this comment 44

On the changes to the model as a result of Target Plaza, the back of the scoreboard had a Target Field logo instead of the Twins logo. See the link in my name for the pictures from annoying customer on March 31, 2009.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 10:23 PM by The Rational Actor Highlight this comment 45

thanks rational actor. i do like that it looks like they are doing the rest of the scoreboard in the same material as the canopy. really like the look & texture of it!

Posted on May 30, 2009 at 02:04 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 46

I love what you're doing here Rick! Keep it up! I'm addicted to your site. Things are getting better by the day. I can't wait!

BTW I found the Iowa statement hilarious in spite of the fact that I'm a big Hawkeye fan.

And by the way, to those of you who hate Hawkeye fans so much, I'm also a Twins season ticket holder and I have this to say to you: Scoreboard. ;-)

Posted on May 30, 2009 at 4:47 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 47

Looking through Twins Territory's pics, there was a shot of the glass going in on the playing side of the Admin building. Does the team need to be worried about long foul balls breaking the windows? Have they mentioned anything about what their plans are?

Posted on May 31, 2009 at 5:28 PM by Jesse Highlight this comment 48

Does anyone else hate the numerous target logo's that dominate the floor of the plaza?

Posted on June 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM by AK Highlight this comment 49

The 300 bleacher seats are going to be added to the Budweiser roof deck on top of the administration building, which will include bleacher seats, standing room, a full bar, and a giant fire pit...sounds to me to be one hell of a rooftop party. has a quick article on the rooftop seating on the target field page. I also notice that seats are beginning to be installed down the upperdeck right field line. Can't wait.

Posted on June 3, 2009 at 06:40 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 50

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All that's left is to add wood! (Seventh Street circulation ramp.)

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Gate 6 is quite large

The completed promenade

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This would have been the HERC side, though it's unclear just how far over the plant the retracted roof would have gone. My fear was always that they would have to shorten the track and more of the roof would have stayed over the ballpark. The only good retractable roof is one which disappears when not in use. I don't think they could have realistically created such a thing.

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