Target Field Station opens May 17

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May 9, 2014 // UPDATED 10:06 am - May 16, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
Photo courtesy Hennepin County
Ben Johnson

Target Field Station is hosting a grand opening celebration Saturday, May 17 starting at 1 p.m. and leading up to the Twins game at 6:10 p.m.

Four different bands will play in the station amphitheater and a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m.

A number of different train and transportation related exhibitor tents will be set up with games, prizes and information. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.

The $79.3 million dollar transportation hub was funded with 44 percent of its funding coming from local sources, 34 percent from federal sources, and 22 percent from the state. Eventually transportation planners hope to connect five different light rail lines at the station.

The station includes a transit policy facility, Caribou Coffee, a 1,000-seat amphitheater, a public plaza, a massive video board and a canopy outfitted with programmable LED lights that change colors.

The station will serve as a transit hub for the Metro Blue LRT (Hiawatha), the Metro Green Line (Central Corridor opening June 14), Northstar Commuter Rail and the Southwest LRT when it opens.

A snow melting system that uses heat generated by the adjacent Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) will allow the plaza to remain open in winter as well.