08/09/2007 12:27 PM ET
Twins ballpark groundbreaking rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30
MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins, in partnership with Hennepin County and the Minnesota Ballpark Authority, announced today that the official groundbreaking for the new downtown Minneapolis ballpark has been rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30. The groundbreaking event - which was originally scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2 - was postponed due to the I-35W bridge collapse.
The ballpark site, located in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood, will be open to the public from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and include music, concessions as well as a new ballpark exhibit. The official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m.
The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to include Twins officials, alumni, current players and coaches, government officials including Governor Tim Pawlenty and Hennepin County commissioners as well as Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
Twins broadcasters John Gordon and Dick Bremer will host the program to celebrate the official start of construction on the new ballpark.
The groundbreaking event will be a celebration of the past, present and future of Minnesota Twins baseball, an opportunity to pay tribute to those involved in making the new ballpark a reality and a time for the community to come together.
Additional groundbreaking event details will be posted soon at www.twinsbaseball.com/newballpark
Outdoor Baseball's Journey Back to Minnesota...
Spring 2006: Hennepin County and the Minnesota Twins succeed in enacting legislation authorizing financing for new Twins ballpark
May 20, 2006: Minnesota State Legislature approves Twins new ballpark bill
May 26, 2006: Governor Pawlenty signs the Twins ballpark bill on the field prior to the Twins game
April 12, 2007: New ballpark schematic designs unveiled
May 15, 2007: Site clearing begins
Aug. 30, 2007: Official groundbreaking ceremony
The new ballpark is scheduled to open for the 2010 season, the Twins' 50th year in Minnesota.