New Twins stadium will be on budget, officials told

  • Updated: November 9, 2007 - 9:36 PM

The new Twins ballpark will be built according to the approved design and agreed-upon construction budget, Twins Sports Inc. President Jerry Bell assured the Minnesota Ballpark Authority on Friday.

The new Twins ballpark will be built according to the approved design and agreed-upon construction budget, Twins Sports Inc. President Jerry Bell assured the Minnesota Ballpark Authority on Friday.

The authority is overseeing construction of the stadium, which will cost $390 million to build. Infrastructure is expected to cost an additional $105 million. Because the Legislature capped infrastructure costs at $90 million, Twins owners are contributing $15 million, Bell said.

Bell and Daniel Mehls, an executive with construction firm M.A. Mortenson Co., told authority members that work on the stadium site is going well and is within budget. The biggest challenge is building on the tight 8-acre site, they said.

About 70 percent of the bids for the project have been taken, including those for expensive materials such as steel and the stone that will front the stadium. What's left includes items such as finishings, where cost can help determine what's purchased, Bell said.

"We think that we know enough now that we don't need to add anything," he said. "The Twins are comfortable with the building."

Authority Member Michael Vekich asked Bell if the Twins will stick to the design as presented to the authority.

"That is exactly what you will see," Bell answered.

The ballpark is scheduled to open in 2010.

MARY JANE SMETANKA

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