08-02-2012, 09:34 PM #1
New upgrades to Target Field in 2013?
"Pohlads want #TargetField to be first class forever. They're already taking bids for a number of improvements next season."
This Tweet under Sid's name is the only place I've heard about this - anyone have any additional info on what they are planning for Target Field? 2011 was a big deal with the Twins Tower, 2nd Scoreboard, Tree Trail of Tears, and a few heating lamps.
08-02-2012, 09:47 PM #2
08-02-2012, 09:51 PM #3
I know this year, everything done was mostly behind the scenes stuff like new carpet in the suite area. I know as per the agreement that they signed when TF was built, they are required to dump a specific amount or specific percentage back in the facility every year.
08-02-2012, 09:51 PM #4
I would much rather have the improvements go to the Pitching Staff.
08-02-2012, 09:53 PM #5
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08-02-2012, 11:06 PM #8
Maybe they should do something about the CF area. Maybe plant some nice trees or something
08-02-2012, 11:25 PM #9
08-03-2012, 11:47 AM #10
August-October is the period when MN Sportservice (the company that operates all the concessions, retail, suites and restaurant spaces at Target Field, and my employer) will submit their requests for capital improvements. Things like new kitchen equipment, improved beer distribution systems (one thing I know that is being requested), remodeling/alteration of the various vending spaces, that kind of thing. The Twins will sort through those, figure out which stuff is an absolute priority, and pay for those first. After that, they will look at how much budget they have left and compare the other internal an external proposals and figure out what they can afford. Most likely any significant changes won't be announced until late November or December.
I haven't heard much talk yet, but if I hear any juicy rumors I'll let you know.
My best guesses at this point would be:
1. Expansion of local/craft brews in the ballpark
2. Improvements to the plaza to encourage more people to come early
3. Permanent addition of The Giant Slugger big dog or something similar to create a "signature" food at Target Field
Don't expect them to move the fences anytime soon. They don't want "dead space", and with attendance dropping, they aren't going to add more seats.
If anyone does have specific issues that you think should be addressed, please let me know. I will be submitting some of my own proposals to my managers in the next month or two (largely related to the Rooftop where I usually work)
08-03-2012, 01:25 PM #11
I'm not sure what they could do to improve, but another complaint is how cramped the isles are near gate 34 and 29 before a game. It's a zoo until you get past home plate/3rd base to and past gate 14.
I also find it annoying that on the second level that The Legends Club blocks access from the left and right field sides. if I want to make it over to the Town Ball Tavern/Budweiser Deck Entrance side from the Gate 29 side, tough luck, you have to go back down the escalator and walk down to Gate 6, take that escalator back up. And Visa Versa.
I'd like to be continued to be wow'd, cool new additions that I and others aren't expecting would be great.
08-03-2012, 01:45 PM #12
I like the idea of adding more craft beer. The Surly line was backed up pretty far at the beginning of the year, but isn't too bad. It would be nice to have more than one place to get that. I don't usually make it up to Townball Tavern, so I miss out on the Fulton.
I really can't think of too many other things, really. I'm sure if I thought about it more, I could think of some more stuff.Posts on other sites:
08-03-2012, 02:00 PM #13
I was there this past Tuesday and saw a Goose Island stand right by the Surly stand...love the fact that they are looking to add more craft beers. Tthough Goose is no longer independent and owned by Anheiser -~sp? Busch I believe - don't drink their products, so I can't spell it.
08-03-2012, 02:24 PM #14
08-03-2012, 03:00 PM #15
The plaza also does seem a little crowded to fit more entertainment, but that could be remedied too. I don't know why they felt comfrotable building part of the plaza over the 394 exit but left the other half open. I don't see a reason why at some point the plaza couldn't be expanded over all of 394 all the way up to Target Center.
08-03-2012, 03:48 PM #16
2. Switch the damn paper towel dispensers from those tension ones to ones that actually work.
3. Put a scoreboard up that shows the lineup that is one the field, instead of just the lineup that is batting.
There are others but that's all that comes to mind right now.
08-03-2012, 03:55 PM #17
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08-03-2012, 04:45 PM #19
Upgrades: Code for "We know we sucked the past 2 years on the field but we are going to raise ticket prices anyways under the guise of a new food station or 2 more urinals"
08-03-2012, 11:57 PM #20
If I remember right, the Twins are committed (contractually?) to paying $1.5M per year into a fund that is used for maintenance and improvements, but they've been sinking additional money into things too. I'm very happy about this. They seem to really value their home and I'd like it to last a long, long time; not just the 30 year (or however long) lease they have.