Target Field :: Expansion of Tradition Wall

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July 5, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott
Twins to expand Tradition Wall

One of Target Plaza’s most popular — and personal — features is about to get expanded.

On June 15, officials from the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Ballpark Authority announced a second phase for the Twins Tradition Wall, a series of glass panels inscribed with the names of some 2,400 Twins fans. The expansion will accommodate the names of 1,200 additional fans, to be permanently etched onto a number of new glass panels.

Spots on the Wall have proven to be hot fan items. The first 2,400 slots sold out in September 2009, more than six months before Target Field’s inaugural game. Team officials are expecting a similar rush this time around — and have adjusted their pricing accordingly.

It costs $295 to have your name inscribed on the Wall, up from $245 last fall. For an additional $80, fans can purchase a commemorative glass replica that displays their Twins Tradition Wall inscription, which can be as long as 35 characters.

“The first phase of the Twins Tradition Wall program was so popular, we decided to add another set of panels for our fans,” said Patrick Klinger, Twins vice president of marketing. “Fans who missed out on the first phase will now have the opportunity to have their personal tribute forever associated with Target Field and Twins baseball.”

The Wall, which more closely resembles a fence, with a metal lattice connecting pairs of the glass panels (each 60 by 101 inches), stretches between the Carew and Puckett gate entrances on Target Plaza. Between the panels hang pennant-shaped plaques, each one listing the roster of a Twins team, from 1961 on. The panels themselves, in addition to fans’ inscriptions, also bear memorable quotes from Twins greats like Bert Blyleven.

Phase two of the Wall will include additional glass panels inscribed with lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “We’re Gonna Win, Twins.”

The addition to the Twins Tradition Wall will be located on the 6th Street side of Target Plaza, under the skyway connecting the B parking ramp and Target Center.

Visit twinsbaseball.com/traditionwall for more information.

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Team announces dates for post-game fireworks

Give Twins fans an inch, and they’ll take mile.

With all of the fresh-air amenities Minnesota baseball-goers have enjoyed this season — after nearly three decades in the Metrodome, it’s like a blind man gaining sight — one feature seemed to be lacking: fireworks. What good is watching the game outdoors if you can’t have a little pyrotechnic display after a win? And especially around Independence Day.

After a quiet fireworks test last March — and after negotiations with the city and with neighborhood groups — the Twins committed to two dates for post-game rockets and fountains.

In mid-June, Twins President Dave St. Peter announced that a fireworks exhibition would occur after the July 2 game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Aug. 13 game against the Oakland Athletics. Both game times are 7:10 p.m. Fireworks displays are anticipated for 10 minutes after the last out, estimated at 10 p.m. for both nights.

Fireworks will be launched from the roof of the B parking ramp. Each display is set to run for 15 minutes, but could be postponed due to severe weather or wind.

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Fan struck in face by foul ball

The marginal foul territory in Target Field was supposed to be one of the stadium’s selling points. With only five or six ballparks offering less room between fans and the area of play, the Twins’ ballpark promised more opportunity to leave the game with a baseball souvenir.

As Dave St. Peter put it before the stadium opened, “Bring a glove. Pay attention.”

Darcie Hill was paying attention, but it didn’t stop a line drive foul from striking her in the face during a June 8 game.

The ball broke her nose, cheekbones, jaw and bones around one of her eyes. The impact also caused a blind spot in her left eye.

Legally, the Twins are not liable for such injuries. Fine print on the reverse side of tickets alerts fans that, by entering the stadium, they assume any risk that is incidental to a game, including any balls that leave the playing area.