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Twins announce team to develop new outdoor stadium

11/17/2006 - MLB Minnesota Twins

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.