MINNEAPOLIS — The busiest gate at Target Field is about to get a major face lift that will decrease crowd congestion while also adding weather protection and additional fan activity space.
Twins officials announced Thursday that work on Gate 34 (so named after Hall of Fame outfielder Kirby Puckett) will add more than 9,300 square feet of new space inside the ballpark. That includes approximately 5,600 square feet of turf that will host fan activities before, during and after Target Field events. Seating, stand up tables, and lawn games will provide fans with flexible options and greater movement in and around the plaza.
Outside Gate 34 two additional entry points will be constructed to improve fan access and decrease backups during entry. A new attached canopy will provide weather protection during security searches and ticket scanning.
The fan favorite "Golden Glove" sculpture and picture-taking backdrop will be moved on the outside north end of the gates and lowered to plaza grade for easier fan accessibility.
“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.”
Work is already underway, and will be completed before the season home opener March 28 against Cleveland.