Twins set sights on Minneapolis for ballpark
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins are focusing on a ballpark site in Minneapolis, departing from their strategy of coming to the Legislature without saying where they prefer to play ball.
The Legislature hasn't taken up stadium financing bills for the Twins or the Minnesota Vikings yet this year, but the Twins have been working with Hennepin County to hone a proposal. Having a site selected on the front end would erase some questions about construction and financing.
"It appears that that's the most reasonable method right now, given what the cities want and given the time available," Twins point man Jerry Bell said Thursday.
The Twins' preferred site is a surface parking lot on the edge of the Warehouse District in downtown Minneapolis, two blocks northwest of Target Center.
If the Hennepin County and Twins reach a deal, it would dramatically reduce the chances that St. Paul could land the new ballpark.
"It's news to us," Carl Kuhl, a spokesman for Mayor Randy Kelly, said of a deal with the team and Hennepin officials.
Bell said it's too soon to count St. Paul out.
"I sat next to Randy Kelly at the Twins Welcome Home Lunch on Tuesday and told him we're talking to Hennepin County, that we don't have an agreement, and that 'If we do, I'll tell you,"' Bell said.