Daktronics wins contract for new Target Field instrument panel, to be built in Redwood Falls

The new Minnesota Twins scoreboard for the 2023 season at Target Field will be built in Redwood Falls by Daktronics as part of the stadium’s most expensive update since it opened for the 2010 baseball season.

The dashboard is part of the second phase of a two-part, $ 29.5 million project, the cost of which is split evenly between the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Ballpark Authority (MBA), the government agency who oversees the public building.

Details are not yet final, but Twins expects the primary video display to grow to nearly 57 feet tall and 178 feet wide, capturing what is now adjacent static advertising. The current board is the same height but only 101 feet wide. The team said the new board will be in place for the 2023 season, is 76% larger, and will deliver “realistic HDR imaging quality.”

“This is a major investment, and it’s gratifying to know that the Dak team will be working directly with us to refine the final scope of improvements, get the best value for money, and deliver the most upgrades. impactful to the fan experience at Target Field. The executive director of the MBA, Dan Kenney, said.

Daktronics, based in Brookings, SD, won the project over Mitsubishi and ANC. Daktronics also built the original dashboard at Target Field.

The first phase of the project – the replacement of the control rooms – has already started.

The Twins and Hennepin County, which covered almost two-thirds of the cost of building the stadium, make annual contributions to the MBA’s reserve account for stadium maintenance. The fund, intended for projects that benefit both the public and the team, receives about $ 2.5 million per year – about $ 1 million from the team and the rest of the county. Past upgrades include LED field lighting and a reconfiguration of a lobby.

By the end of the project, the MBA will have spent just over $ 21 million from its reserve account since the building opened, according to Kenney. There will be around $ 9 million left after the dashboard spend.

The Twins’ total spending on capital projects since the building opened in 2010 will be just over $ 56 million.

In addition, during this offseason in a separate project, the Twins will replace turf for the first time since the building opened. The team estimated the cost at $ 250,000. Matt Hoy, the Twins’ senior vice president of operations, said the turf needs to be replaced anyway, but placing an ice rink on the infield for the 2022 NHL Winter Classic on New Years Day will destroy it. .

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