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Plans for New Ballpark are Unveiled

The Minnesota Twins will escape from the Metrodome and move into a new stadium in 2010--a ballpark that had its designs finalized on Thursday. The yet unnamed stadium will have wide concourses, godd sightlines of the field, and a small, cozy feeling that should resemble Chicago's historic Wrigley Field.

According to the Star Tribune, the park will also feature a limestone finish, a high-definition scoreboard, and a heated field that should prevent snow from accumulating in the early part of the season. HOK Sport, the architectual firm in charge of the project, wants to mimic the intimacy of Wrigley Field while blending in uniquely Minnesotan elements. It will resmeble the Metrodome in it's distances from home plate to the outfield.

"It's a fair ballpark as far as its dimensions," said Earl Santee, a member of the HOK team.

Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire and General Manager Terry Ryan, as well as former players Paul Molitor and Tony Oliva, were on hand during the unveiling, according to the Pioneer Press. Fans were allowed to stop into the Government Center at 300 South Sixth St. in Minneapolis to view the designs.