Twins announce team to develop new outdoor stadium

Updated: November 17, 2006, 7:06 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins officially announced the team that will build the team's new outdoor ballpark on Friday, tabbing a prominent firm that designed the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to lead the project.

HOK Sport, a Kansas City, Mo.-based design architect, will join with local architect HGA and construction manager M.A. Mortenson Company to lead construction for the new park, scheduled to open in 2010.

"With their rich history in creating state-of-the-art ballparks and other large-scale facilities, coupled with great knowledge of urban design, we welcome these three exemplary firms and have the highest regard for their abilities to create a legacy with the Minnesota Twins," said Jerry Bell, president of Twins Sports, Inc., in a statement issued by the team.

HOK has been one of the leaders in stadium development over the past 25 years. The firm has designed 14 new baseball parks including Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore and PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

HOK is also working on new ballparks for the New York Mets and Yankees and the Washington Nationals.

Hammel, Green and Abrahamson Inc. (HGA) has offices in Minneapolis and Rochester, in addition to other branches across the country. HGA has designed building for the Minnesota Historical Society and the Orpheum Theatre among other projects across the Twin Cities.

Mortenson was the general contractor for the Xcel Center and has also worked on stadiums in Denver, Memphis, Tenn., and St. Louis, Mo.

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