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MINNEAPOLIS - It is being hailed as Minneapolis' own Grand Central Station.

When completed, the Target Field Station will connect five rail lines and also be an entertainment and sports hub.

The 60,000-square foot plaza is under construction and is scheduled to open later this spring.

"We're looking at any and all opportunities to activate this and make it a destination all by itself," said Ed Hunter, Hennepin County Project Manager for Target Field Station.

A giant eight-panel video board was installed on top of the elevator core on Saturday. Hunter said the Twins will use it as people come to baseball games at Target Field.

But when there isn't a game, "You could have movie nights at Target Field Station, street fair, art fairs, taste of Minneapolis," he said.

Target Field Station will have a 1,000 seat amphitheater for music, too. There are plans for a light garden, art installations and there's space to develop for retail and maybe even a hotel.

Hunter said the area on the lower level of the site "could accommodate up to 200,000 square feet of additional office space and that translates directly into additional tax revenue and people coming into this area to work on a day to day basis."

There will be a grand opening celebration at Target Field Station on May 17. About a month later, on June 14, the Metro Green Line will start carrying its first passengers between the station and St. Paul.

Hunter said he is looking forward to using the space as well during the All-Star Game on July 15.

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