Target Field, named after one of America's largest retailers, replaced the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome as the home of the Twins in 2010. Built at a cost approaching $545 million, the stadium is the end result of a decade-long battle to replace the Metrodome as the franchise overcame talks of contraction and relocation. The new stadium was approved by the Minnesota state legislature in May 2006. Located in the downtown Warehouse District, Target Field is an open-air grass stadium, marking the first time the Twins will play outdoor games at home since 1981 at Metropolitan Stadium, which was replaced by the Mall of America. According to the team's Web site, the stadium's exterior "is a modern interpretation of the state's natural creations" and features Minnesota limestone, native trees and other flora.
Target Plaza, the gateway to the stadium, features statues of Kirby Puckett, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva and Harmon Killebrew, in addition to a 1,500-pound Gold Glove that pays tribute to the team's commitment to solid defense. After each Twins home run, the team's original "Shaking Hands" logo, with characters Minnie and Paul, will light up in center field. The stadium also affords views of the downtown skyline. Concourses are twice as wide as the Metrodome's -- 44 feet compared with 22.
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