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Her husband, Jeff Thompson, 47, also wished the Surly beer stand was open. But, alas, this was not the full Target Field operation — just a mini-stadium along third-base line.
But the setup afforded all the concertgoers something not available to all the Chesney concertgoers: a view of the downtown Minneapolis skyline.
“That was an incredible backdrop,” Gear Daddies singer Martin Zellar said backstage. “I had a blast. But I hate the [live video] screens. When I’d look at Randy [Broughten, his guitarist], I’d see myself on the screen. ”
But the big-screen close-ups in left and right field were loved by the fans.
Organizers were happy, as well.
“I’m extremely pleased for the first one,” said Gagliardi. “I was nervous how the stadium would look aesthetically” with so many empty seats.
After roaming around various parts of the ballpark, Gagliardi feels the capacity can be expanded to 10,000, by opening another upper deck and the suite level for future concerts. He also thinks they could enhance the sound system to have a wider reach.
“Minneapolis needs more outdoor [concert] venues,” said Chad Lindell, 41, of Chanhassen. “This is a step in the direction. I’d be back here for more shows.”
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