02/26/2010 12:17 PM ET
Grand Opening of Target Plaza Marks First Sign of Summer
Target Invites Twins Fans to the Official Opening of New Public Gathering Space at Target Field
MINNEAPOLIS (February 26, 2010) - Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Ballpark Authority and fans will celebrate the official opening and dedication of Target Plaza at Target Field on March 13, 2010. Target Plaza will be the gateway into Target Field and a vibrant community gathering space for Twin Citians of all ages. To celebrate the special dedication event, Target will bring a taste of summer to Target Plaza with a warm weather-inspired outdoor festival including music, interactive activities and food for the entire family.
Target Plaza, designed by Populous and oslund.and.assoc., is a walking bridge and public space connecting Target Field to the heart of downtown Minneapolis, beginning at the corner of First Avenue and Sixth Street. Sure to be a popular gathering location for many pre- and post-game festivities, Target Plaza contains dynamic features including:
Nine 40-foot baseball bat-inspired topiaries
An oversized bronze baseball glove as a symbol of the annual Gold Glove award
The Twins Tradition Wall
Twins Hall of Fame pennants
A Minnesota baseball history monument
A wind-powered wall installation called the "The Wave" designed by artist Ned Kahn
"We at Target have a passion for great design, and thanks to the outstanding collaboration of our community partners, all Twins fans will be able to experience and enjoy this beautiful art-filled venue," said Shawn Gensch, vice president of marketing, Target. "We look forward to officially opening Target Plaza and sharing with the broader community this vibrant public gathering space."
"Twins fans have a deep appreciation for the history and traditions associated with baseball," said Dave St. Peter, president of the Minnesota Twins. "Each feature in Target Plaza, from the art to the player wall, was designed to celebrate our great game."
"The Ballpark Authority is thrilled to partner with the team and Target to create this seamless connection to the historic Warehouse District," said Steve Cramer, chair of the Minnesota Ballpark Authority. "Target Plaza will be an exciting public gathering space for years to come."
The Target Plaza grand opening and dedication celebration will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 13. A media event will occur at 11 a.m. to officially commemorate the opening of Target Plaza, and will include remarks by Target leadership, Twins executives, the Minnesota Ballpark Authority and community officials. The opening of the Plaza coincides with the first day fans will be able to purchase single game tickets for the inaugural season at Target Field.
For more information on Target Field visit www.twinsbaseball.com.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,740 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.