Twins announce new upgrades for Target Field
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|The Twins will be revamping the right-field bleachers.|
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Yesterday afternoon, the Minnesota Ballpark Authority green-lit plans to tear down the existing right-field bleacher section, and replace it with a "destination" along the lines of left field's Budweiser Roof Deck.
The redesign includes seven rows of drink-rail seating, tall stools, 200 seats under a heated canopy, and standing room. To make space for the new changes, the team is cutting 400 bleacher seats, which it will donate to kids' baseball fields in St. Paul.
Right field seats do have a few poor sight lines, and the area can get crowded. But the real motivation behind the revamp is the popularity of the Budweiser deck, which is one of Target Field's few group spaces.
Work starts Monday, and is set to wrap up by January. The Twins won't say what the construction will cost, but unlike much of the $545 million stadium ($350 million of which came from public funding), the team is paying for the project.
Target Field got its first round of renovations after the inaugural 2010 season, which included a wide video display board above the grandstand and additional heating.
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