The Minnesota Twins have announced details on Target Field upgrades for 2019, highlighted by a major reconfiguration of Gate 34.
Since its opening in 2010, the Twins have been diligent in their upgrades to Target Field. Last season season saw the opening of the Bat & Barrel social space/sports bar–which earned our 2018 Best Renovation (MLB) award–and 2019 will be marked by an expansion and reconfiguration of Gate 34 that creates new space inside the ballpark.
The renovation calls for expansion and reconfiguration of the Gate 34 structure, providing two additional entry points (20 total) to maximize fan access and decrease crowd congestion on the exterior of the facility. Expansion of the attached canopy will in turn provide weather protection during security searches and ticket verification activation. The existing topiaries and secondary planters on the north and south side of the plaza will be removed and the remaining footprint will be replaced with green scape. Original planter walls will be top clad with wood to provide alternative seating options for guests. The fan favorite “Golden Glove” sculpture will be moved on the outside north end of the gates and lowered to plaza grade for easier fan accessibility.
The revised Gate 34 design results in the addition of more than 9,300 square feet of new space inside the ballpark. Included in that space will be approximately 5,600 square feet of turf, making it an inviting destination for fan activities before, during and after Target Field events. Seating, stand up tables, lawn games, and additional activations will provide fans with flexible options and enhanced mobility around the plaza, and will also be an alternative area for kids to play in a friendly setting.
In addition, the Gate 34 renovations include construction of a new multi-use structure with canopies inside the gate line giving guests approximately 2,800 square feet of extended shade and/or shelter. The “Market” at Gate 34 will be a multifunctional, versatile space that will provide access to various merchants from across Twins Territory while also accommodating activities such as autograph signings, food and beverage options and added entertainment.
“The Twins are excited about the new Gate 34 design and how it will further enhance fan experience at Target Field,” said Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter. “Gate 34 has always been the ballpark’s “front door” and we are confident the new design will result in better fan access while also creating a dynamic new space for fans to enjoy during the ballgame.”
The Gate 34 project is a POPULOUS design with M.A. Mortenson managing construction. The project is well underway and is scheduled to be completed before the Twins 2019 season opener, March 28 against the Cleveland Indians.
Renderings courtesy Minnesota Twins.