Target Field set for upgrades

Updated: November 10, 2010, 5:22 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have some home improvement projects in the works for their second season at Target Field.

The Twins revealed plans Wednesday for a new scoreboard, free wireless internet service throughout the ballpark and other fan-related amenities.

The new high-definition scoreboard for video, replays and other graphics above the right field grandstand will allow customers in the left field seats to see it without having to turn behind them to look at the big board. The new scoreboard, built by South Dakota-based Daktronics, will measure 28 feet high and 50 feet wide -- still far bigger than the main board at the Metrodome.

Nestled next to the new scoreboard will be the "Twins Tower," a 100-foot tall illuminated structure with the time of day on top that's capable of showing animation, graphics and text. It will serve as a terminus for the pedestrian plaza behind right field.

More Minnesota-themed items will also be added to the concession stands, with plans to reduce waiting time in lines. New radiant heaters will be added in a couple locations. And more artwork will be added throughout the ballpark as well.

At a news conference to announce the enhancements, Twins executive Jerry Bell said the team is paying for all the projects at a cost between $4 million and $6 million.

Bell credited owner and CEO Jim Pohlad for pushing for the upgrades, saying he "constantly challenges us to keep this ballpark fresh and on the cutting edge."


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