MINNEAPOLIS - A short-lived opening day tradition at Target Field is history, at least for 2013, thanks to U.S. lawmakers and their inability to compromise and avoid the sequester.
Twins Vice President Kevin Smith told KARE 11's Boyd Huppert Tuesday that the Air Force has informed the team that budget constraints will prevent a military flyover on April 1, when the Twins play their home opener against Detroit.
F-16 fighter jets from the Duluth-Based 148th Fighter Wing thundered over Target Field in both 2010 and 2011, and a B-52 bomber from the Air Force base in Minot, North Dakota did the honors in 2012.
An Air Force spokesperson told the Twins that all public flyovers and events would be cancelled as of March 1 due to significant budget reductions ushered in by the sequester.
Smith says the ballclub is kicking around ideas for a spectacle that would wow fans in place of the military planes.
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