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Right On Target: An Open House

For the past 28 years, the Minnesota Twins have been located under the roof of the Metrodome on the other side of town. In just a few days the month of April will roll around, and the new month will signify the beginning of a new era with the opening of Target Field. 

This season, there will be wind, there’ll be rain, and there’ll be sun. Beginning in 2010, weather elements will combine with baseball once again in Minneapolis. The team’s new ballpark, Target Field, looks great in photos and on television, but neither of those things can do the ballpark justice. 
Last weekend, the Twins hosted an Open House to show off their new gem, and the first sight of everything is stunning. All around Target Field are small touches that make the ballpark unique and one-of-a-kind. From the “Gold Glove” on the plaza, to the celebration sign in centerfield, to the Budweiser Deck, to the large scoreboard in left center, Target Field has several features exclusive to the team and found nowhere else in Major League Baseball.
Inside there are heaters all around the concourse. The concourse itself is open from end to end, allowing fans to get their hotdogs and still see the field. There are restaurants: Hrbek’s and The Townball Tavern. The team’s history is displayed across the facility, and the walls are covered all around with photos of both players and big moments.
Season ticket holders will be in store for even more. The Metropolitan Club offers a place to hangout, the Legends Club has atriums of both Kirby Puckett and Rod Carew and also is home to “Club 573” for Harmon Killebrew. 
Describing the stunning new ballpark in small detail and showing the pictures below from the event won’t come close to doing what a trip to Target Field will. When fans walk into Target Field for the first time in this 2010 season, they’ll be able to see the stunning and unique features and details for themselves. 


Touring Target Field

It may just be a virtual look at the Minnesota Twins’ new home, but with MLB 10: The Show, the realism of Target Field and it’s surroundings show. From the skyline to the plaza to the features such as the celebration sign, the newest ballpark in Major League Baseball has been incredibly constructed in the virtual world. 

It’s time to enter into the stadium for a tour of some of the ballpark’s key features. 

City LandscapeThe skyline captures the best of Minneapolis. 

The PlazaThe plaza, complete with ‘Targets’.
OverhangMichael Cuddyer makes the play right in front of the overhang.
Overhang Side ViewHow many times will players look up and see no ball?
BackstopThe backstop feature’s Minnesota native limestone.
Centerfield TreesThe trees in centerfield will act as the Batter’s Eye.
BullpensReal bullpens for the first time in 28 seasons.
Out of Town ScoreboardHow much scoreboard watching will there be in 2010?
Twins' DugoutThe Twins’ dugout, relocated to the first base side.
Visitor's DugoutThe visitor’s dugout, now down the third base line.
ScoreboardOne of the largest scoreboards in Major League Baseball.
Admin BuildingThe administration building featuring the retired numbers and the party deck.
Celebration SignNow when players ‘Touch ‘Em All’, Minnie and Paul will shake hands.
To see the full size of each of these pictures to get the full effect of your Target Field tour, just click. Baseball has begun down south, and it’s start up north is nearing. 

Interview: MLB 10: The Show’s Jody Kelsey

The Show InterviewOver one month before real baseball begins at Target Field, fans will have the opportunity to see the park in action. For the first time in a video game, baseball will be played outdoors in Minnesota, and Senior Producer of MLB 10: The Show, Jody Kelsey was kind enough to answer some questions.
From the difficult task of replicating Target Field before the team steps foot in the park as well as the Minneapolis skyline, to the decision on Joe Mauer gracing the cover, Kelsey shares insight on what the job entails and a few things fans can expect to see when the game hits shelves on March 2nd.
A Voice From Twins Territory: How long have you been working on Target Field to get it ready for the final version of the game?

Jody Kelsey: We start off our process with pre-development, which includes layout and the collecting of reference material. This took about one month. Once we’re ready with our references, the overall digital construction of the stadium is about two-three months in the making. The digital construction encompasses modeling, texturing and lighting.

AVFTT: What role did the Minnesota Twins organization play in the process of putting the ballpark together for the game?

JK: We have contacts with all the MLB teams, and our contact with the Minnesota Twins helped to provide us with the blueprints, as well as other instrumental reference photos during the stadium construction. We provided samples of specific details we’re looking for, one example being the type of tree species they will be planting within the batters eye, which they provided to us. We need to know all the details, big and small.

AVFTT: When you guys work on building a stadium, what are the steps? What type of research do you do, on-site visits, etc.

JK: After obtaining all the needed reference material, we go into the initial layout stage. Our main focus deals with important items such as wall dimensions, wall heights and field layout. We then go into construction and model detail. Accuracy is always on our mind, so during this process we continue to check for updated reference material to assure the model is as accurate as the real stadium. Texturing and lighting is the final stage in the development of the stadium. During this whole process, we do travel to the stadium sight if possible, obtaining photo and lighting reference allowing us to recreate the most realistic stadium experience for anyone playing in Target Field in MLB 10 The Show.

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AVFTT: When you guys went to Target Field, what were your initial impressions? What stuck out about the ballpark?

JK: Unfortunately, we did not actually make it to Target Field this year. We relied on the Twins to get us all the data and they were incredibly helpful.

AVFTT: What makes Target Field unique? What are a few things your team noticed that might stick out to fans and make the park different?

JK: I would have to say the detail that the stadium encompasses. Things like the unique lines of the Metropolitan Club to the metal detail running through the entrance plaza in left field. The stadium is packed with character even down to the dark green window color.

AVFTT: No sports video game has needed the Minneapolis skyline before; what went into developing this, and was it difficult because this will be the first game to feature it?

JK: Lots of internet research occurred to find building placement, building heights, etc. We also used existing city photos we have from previous visits for texture map accuracy. This combination allowed for an exact digital replica of the downtown Minneapolis.

AVFTT: The Metr
odome is no longer in use, will it remain in the game?

JK: Yes. We’ve added the Metrodome to our Classic Stadium collection joining Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium.

AVFTT: There is an all new presentation system and stadium realism; what type of new animations, celebrations, ballpark effects, presentation effects, etc. can gamers expect to see at Target Field and all other ballparks?

JK: Night time player lighting has a richer, more realistic feel to it, now that we are accounting for the self shadowing effects cast by the stadium bank lights. Day games will immediately look different, and you will feel the difference between 1pm and 3pm, both in the light energy, and the stadium cast shadows. Clouds now cast faint shadows on the world, which brings yet another realistic soft touch to the feeling of the visuals. Reflection and energy maps convey current time conditions, and are localized, so you can watch the reflection change in a baserunner’s helmet as he rounds the bases. Additionally, players populate dugouts and bullpens in real time and we’ve added stadium specific touches with scoreboards, jumbotrons, real-time clocks, splashcams, etc. We’ve also included crowd animation updates like stadium-specific behaviors such as animated objects, fireworks, splash counts, TB cowbell, and improved play-off atmosphere with additions such as noisemakers and rally towels.

AVFTT: Joe Mauer has become one of the game’s best, outside of that fact, what were the key reasons for choosing him as the 2010 cover athlete?

JK: Well, it’s impossible to ignore that Joe is one of the best players in baseball today and that is one of the reasons he’s a great fit for MLB 10 The Show. But, it’s also the entire body of work that he has put together in just a short time. His accomplishments at the age of 26 are almost unrivaled in the history of baseball. Joe is also just moving into the mainstream with people now understanding and appreciating the skill that he brings to game. On top of that, his range on the field links very well to what our game, The Show, really encapsulates, which is the deepest experience we can bring to your living room short of you actually putting on the equipment and getting on the field.

Virtual Target Field

Target Field may still be two months away in reality, but in less than one month, fans will have the opportunity to throw the first pitch well before April 12th comes. In the video below, Target Field is becoming a reality in the virtual world of MLB 10: The Show, which features Minnesota’s own Joe Mauer on the cover.

Reality Setting In

The first real game at Target Field is now just over 70 days away. As the days slowly pass, reality is beginning to set in that the Minnesota Twins will really have their own ballpark and be back outdoors next season. 

It seems like just yesterday that the team was breaking ground on the construction site and fans were looking at simple renderings of what the future park might look like. Those renderings are now a direct resemblance of Target Field.
The Aerial View
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The Plaza
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The Homeplate View
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Target Field: Grass Installation Begins

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With each passing day the opening of Target Field draws closer. Seats continue to go in around the ballpark, and by the end of fall the ballpark will be ready for testing. Next spring, reportedly on April 12th, the Minnesota Twins will finally take the field to begin a new era in Twins Territory.
Tonight at 10 p.m. the stadium will begin to resemble a ballpark and more so a baseball field. Early this morning the transporting of Kentucky Blue Grass began in Fort Morgan, Colorado; tonight it will arrive at Target Field and throughout the week the process will continue until the field turns green. 
You can follow the installation live on your computer by watching the Ballpark Webcam.
The diagram above shows the field surface at Target Field. The top layer is the Kentucky Blue Grass. The grass is followed by the sand-based root zone which is 10” deep and is a water storage area. Next comes the field heating tubes which will heat the field in the cold days of spring and fall. A 4” drainage gravel blanket helps further drain water, and the bottom layer is compacted sub-grade which helps support a high quality playing field.
The bulk of the playing field is completed, and by week’s end, the final step will be taken.

Outdoor Baseball: Its Almost Here

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How many times this season have you went to a game at the Metrodome, or even been sitting at home and thought, “This would be a great day to be sitting outside for a baseball game.”?
The times for saying that are nearly done, and while the Twins attempt to make a few more playoff memories indoors, many construction workers are busy installing seats and working on the playing surface.
Just imagine this view after victories next season. It’s no longer a dream, a ballpark is indeed going up in Minneapolis and it will soon be a reality. Make sure to take the survey to let your voice be heard regarding ticket prices and more.

Home Opener 2010: April 12

The 2010 schedule won’t be offically announced until sometime in September, but the Associated Press has obtained at least a portion of the schedule, including the date of the first outdoor game in Minneapolis in 28 seasons.

Target Field is set to open on April 12, 2010 when the Minnesota Twins take on the Boston Red Sox.

Target Field has a target date.

Outdoor baseball is tentatively set to return to Minneapolis on April 12 when the Minnesota Twins play their 2010 home opener against the Boston Red Sox.

The date was contained in a draft schedule for next season that recently was sent to teams and revealed Friday to The Associated Press. It was provided by a baseball official on condition of anonymity because Major League Baseball’s central office asked that the schedule not be made public before it is finalized later this year.

Minnesota is tentatively set to open the season on April 5 in California against the Los Angeles Angels.

It looks as if the Twins will play in Los Angeles, travel to one other city, and then head to Minnesota to kick off the first season in Target Field.