Say what you will about downtown stadiums but smart development such as the following can be key to winning over the hearts and minds of suburban visitors. If your still not buying this theory, hopefully the design concept for the rail station will be pleasing. Instead of just an arrival/departure hub, it becomes a viable extension of a pre-existing entertainment district. Ambitious plan for plaza near Target Field will make North Loop even more lively
The Hennepin County Board last week approved an ambitious plan to add a public plaza with an amphitheater, giant display screen and new stores and offices to the rail hub being built in the area. And it’s all supposed to be up and running before the Minnesota Twins host the All-Star Game on July 15, 2014.
Target Field Station, which will provide access to four light-rail lines and a commuter line, will include a 60,000-square-foot plaza that St. Peter says he hopes “will entice fans to come earlier to the ballpark.” He envisions game-day events such as an interactive speed-pitch batting cage for youngsters, live pre-game radio programming and even opportunities for fans to connect with players.