Nestled on an 8.5 acre site smaller than Wrigley Field, Target Field transformed a surface parking lot surrounded by existing infrastructure into a crown jewel for the city of Minneapolis. The home of the Minnesota Twins bridges the gap between downtown Minneapolis and the North Loop, stimulating economic growth in the area. Named the top fan experience in professional sports by ESPN Magazine, the open-air ballpark hosted a franchise record 3.22 million fans in 2010, its opening season.
A MLB-first, fully-enclosed canopy cantilevers 90 feet at each end protecting fans from the elements and giving the ballpark its signature look. A transit station is seamlessly incorporated into the ballpark design to accommodate more than 25% of fans who take alternate forms of transportation to games. Three active rail lines traverse the site, further crowding a tightly-confined urban space already plagued with poor soils and culverts, and bound by major highways and parking structures. Over 100 building columns were transferred because of site obstructions and programming requirements. Target Field was completed three months early and below budget.