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New Twins Ballpark Approved

The Hennepin County Board has officially approved the building of a new Twins ballpark along with the possibility for a 30-year lease on the property, a huge step for the franchise. Construction is slated to begin this summer and finish up for opening in 2010.

According to an Associated Press article that appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (surprisingly, not a full scale hyperlocal story): "Under the agreement, the Twins get to keep all revenue from ticket sales, advertising, naming rights, tours and concessions during baseball games. They must share 10 percent of net revenue from non-baseball events with the authority."

According to a short mid-day posted story on their website, the Star Tribune reports this: " “This is another huge milestone," said Dave St. Peter, president of the Twins. "Symbolically, it means a 30-year lease, which is a huge deal for this franchise. What this mean is the new ballpark is fast becoming a reality. We persevered for this and now we can see it. ?

The ballpark authority will meet later today to formally approve the agreement."

I found it very interesting that the Pioneer Press, widely known for its hyperlocalism and commitment to stories that directly affect Twin Cities citizens, that they relied on an AP wire story, while the Star Tribune, a more (inter)national newspaper, sent out a reporter to get the story, and posting it mid-day on the website. I appreciated the promptness by the Star Tribune, and I hope to see a longer expose on the ballpark soon in the Pioneer Press.