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The Minnesota Twins have unveiled plans to reconfigure Target Field’s centre field seating area into multi-level fan gathering spaces, featuring great sightlines, as well as signature food and beverage options. The enhancements will be the most extensive renovations at Target Field to date and are designed to activate and energise a previously underutilised portion of the Ballpark.

Twins President, Dave St. Peter, said:

The Twins are committed to continually improving Target Field with a focus on delivering the best fan experience in professional sports. We’re excited to unveil these unique spaces to our fans with a belief that they make the ballpark better.

The upper level (Club Level) will be named Minnie & Paul’s and will be open to all fans. Minnie & Paul’s, a Twins-themed pub located under the Ballpark’s iconic centre field celebration sign, will also feature Minnesota-branded food options, while serving as a stylish gathering space for fans of all ages.

The lower tier (Mezzanine Level) will be known as CATCH, an intimate all-inclusive club with limited access for approximately 120 season ticket members. The exclusive CATCH level will feature great views of the field, unparalleled access to the latest technology and a vibrant entertainment experience. This new premium space will be all-inclusive with beverages and a variety of tapas-style foods included in the season ticket price. Season ticket per-game prices for CATCH will range from USD$75 to $85.

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Mike Clough, Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service for the Twins, said:

We’re thrilled to introduce this new and exclusive venue within the Ballpark. We are confident our season ticket holders will enjoy the intimate atmosphere and abundant amenities. Members of CATCH will enjoy its all-inclusive menu and great views of the game while enjoying the high end club experience in this vibrant environment.

The renovations will be completed prior to the 2016 season and will become a destination for Twins fans and a popular location for events, private functions and meetings year-round. The Minnesota-branded food options within Minnie & Paul’s will be announced at the 2016 Target Field Food and Beverage Preview.

Fans interested in purchasing season tickets in the exclusive CATCH area are invited to put their names on the waiting list by visiting: www.twinsbaseball.com/premium/CATCH.

POPULOUS, the Kansas City-based sports architecture firm which led the design of Target Field, is also spearheading the re-design of the Ballpark’s centre field seating sections. Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction will oversee construction of the new spaces, with work slated to begin shortly.

Dodger Stadium enhancements complete for 2013 season

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Dodger Stadium completed $100 million of enhancements ahead of its 52nd season in the iconic stadium. Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten said:

The upgrades were designed with particular emphasis on the Top Deck and Reserve levels and outfield pavilions that had been essentially untouched since the stadium first opened. Our goal is to provide the most pleasurable experience from the time fans arrive at the stadium until the time they depart, ideally after a Dodger victory.

We are confident our fans will be delighted with what they experience at the stadium this season. We look forward to receiving feedback from our fans as we continue to work diligently to enhance their experience.

The project was overseen by Janet Marie Smith, Senior VP of Planning and Development, whose work on previous ballparks is recognised in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Hunt Construction Group served as the construction manager for the renovations.

As part of the upgrades, the Dodgers are going green, instituting many measures toward being energy efficient. Included in the construction was installation of new water valves, low-flush fixtures, waterless urinals, hand-driers to eliminate paper waste, automatic faucets to control water flow and new power and lighting energy-efficient systems.

The Dodgers increased the number of positions for wheelchair patrons on the Loge, Reserve and Top Deck levels. Each position has a companion seat and is positioned so these patrons have improved views of the game, even if someone stands up in front of them.

The team is adding fan services representatives on all levels as part of its commitment to providing the best customer service in sports.

Many of the Dodgers’ historical items will be displayed for the first time. Fans will be able to enjoy Dodger memorabilia and artifacts such as MVP awards, Cy Young awards and Gold Gloves awarded to Dodgers. Some items are on display during games and others will be available during daily tours of the stadium.

A new retail store was created at the Top of the Park location behind home plate. It will be open daily, along with the Top of the Park ticket office. Tours of Dodger Stadium will be conducted daily from this location. A second retail store, along with new concessions, has been constructed on the Reserve level on the third base side.

The footprint of the Dodgers’ clubhouse doubled in size and the training room and indoor batting cage was enhanced. An indoor batting cage for visiting teams also was created, so they won’t have to share the Dodgers’ indoor cage.

New signage around the stadium is patterned after original drawings consulted in the Walter O’Malley archives.

Upgrades and amenities include:

  • High definition video boards in left field and right field. Message boards, including ribbon boards at the Loge level and outfield wall, were also replaced with the new technology. The unique hexagon shape of both outfield video boards was restored.
  • New sound system designed to minimise echoes in the stadium
  • Wi-fi network and cellular antenna system to support cell-phone and internet connectivity from mobile devices
  • Food service enhancements to Loge, Reserve and Top Deck levels, including new concession stands, cooking facilities and menus
  • New entry plazas on the Reserve and Top Deck levels featuring life-size bobbleheads and 5-foot replicas of Dodger Cy Young Award winners, autographed baseballs and Hall of Fame retired numbers
  • Kids play areas on the Reserve level
  • Expanded and renovated restrooms with substantially more fixtures
  • Wider concourses and additional locations for wheelchair-bound fans and their companions on all levels, as well as “drink rails” for fans who may wish to leave their seats during the game to explore the stadium
  • All stairwells have new lighting and signage
  • A new home team clubhouse, expanded and enhanced training/conditioning areas, and new indoor batting cages for both teams

The LA Times has been tracking the upgrade.